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Next week we will be back again with Finest Foodies Friday! It just so happens that today is the day to announce the winners of this month’s Royal Foodie Joust. I thought about featuring both Joust winners and FFF in today’s post, but I felt that it would steal the thunder from one group and I didn’t want to do that. So please forgive me and I promise FFF next week. But until then, please check out the Joust winners’ blogs to keep you tied over! I promise they are all great blogs:)

The Royal Foodie Joust is an awesome monthly peer voted competition that is hosted on
The LeftoverQueen/FoodieBlogroll Forum! It gets better each and every month as the competition gets stiffer as Jousters try to outdo each other each month! It is also one of the friendliest competitions I have ever seen. So please don’t be intimidated to come and join us this month! We don’t bite, unless of course there is real food in our faces ;)

The only rules for the competition is that each Jouster create one dish and each entry must feature the 3 ingredients in common. This competition has been referred to many times as the “Iron Chef” of the Food Blogosphere. Each month’s ingredients are chosen by the previous month’s winner. The winner of each Joust not only wins the Queen’s favor, bragging rights and a cool icon to put on their blog, but is also awarded with a super awesome personalized apron!Other prizes too!

So what are you waiting for? Come over and join us this month!

This month’s ingredients of Acorn Squash (or winter squash), Orange and Sage were chosen by last month’s winner, Susan from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy

As always we had really awesome and inventive entries come in based on these ingredients – everything from sweet to savory and all in between!

This month’s winners TS and JS from Eating Club Vancouver stole the show with something sweet: Squash Churros with Orange-Sage Hot Chocolate.

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As soon as I saw this entry I just knew it was a winner! There are always super creative entries that go into the Joust, but sometimes an entry comes in that everyone just loves – and this one featured chocolate, plus it was just so whimsical and creative! This was the one this month – so way to go girls! Look for that apron in the mail! ;)

Second Place goes to my pal, Peter from Foto Cuisine. Peter is one half of a husband-wife blogging team – he cooks, she photographs – how cool is that?! But really this is a stellar blog full of stunning photos and gourmet food. Their entry this month was Autumn Grouper over Risotto.

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Third Place is another great savory entry by Melody from Trap Door and an entry that I was hoping someone would make as I just love her 3-Cheese Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter and Orange Sauce

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Thanks guys for making this Joust another huge success and giving us all great ideas for how to use the abundance of squash this season!

To check out all the other great entries this month, please click here

Please join us for this month’s Joust – the ingrendients are: Coffee, Black Peppercorns and Honey. As chosen by our winning blog! December is my birthday month, so please make my wishes come true and enter the Joust! Even if it is your first time! Plus, we are going to change things up a bit! ;)

Happy Jousting Everyone!