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The Royal Foodie Joust is an awesome and fun 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 every 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 in another round!

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 three 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 Best Overall Entry winner. The Best Overall 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 Royal Foodie Joust Apron! There are also prizes for the winners of the other two categories: Best Photo and Most Unique Interpretation

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

If you would like to participate in this month’s Joust, be sure to submit your entry by 12 NOON, Eastern Standard USA time on the First of the following Month (July 1, 2009)!

If you have an idea you would like to share about how to make the Joust a better community event, please join us in discussing it here

Now onto the winners of this month’s event. The ingredients for this month were chosen by last month’s Best Overall winner, my good friend Nuria from Spanish Recipes! The ingredients she chose were Rice, Tomato and Bacon. These ingredients are simple yet delicious with so many ways to be creative. Which is exactly what the entries were!

But there can be only one Best Overall Winner and this time it was LK from Healthy Delicious with her Spicy Gumbo with Andouille and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.

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Just look at how delicious this dish is. She used locally produced sausages to make her favorite soup. Please go check out her blog post to learn the tricks to making a good roux. Congrats LK, you made a dish that appeals to everyone!

Our next winner is Best Photo. This is awarded this month to my good blogging friend Ben of What’s Cooking? He made a really picture perfect dish – Joust Rice Cakes .

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He started by making a cup of turkey bacon and filled them with a mixture of Mexican rice, beans and cheese. Talk about yum. Ben has really been getting into food photography and it really paid off in this competition! Congrats Ben!

Our third category is Most Unique Interpretation of the ingredients. This is one of my favorite categories, and since we made it a category, I have seen the creativity of Joust entries just skyrocket. People are playing with their entries a lot more, and I am really enjoying the results. This month’s winner is Raquel from Cafe Nilson with her Tomato and Bacon Pizza with a Rice Crust

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We love pizza in this house, and I am trying to find more ways to eat more rice and other grains besides wheat, so I am sure to try this one!

Thanks again to all the participants for another great Joust! :)

If you would like to see all the entries please check them out here

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Now for this month’s ingredients. LK has chosen:

Strawberries

Basil

Whole Grains

Again, really simple and accessible ingredients for everyone – yet a flavor combination that is unique and interesting! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! :)

Please check out the rules of Joust participation here

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Please post your entries here

Let The Games Begin!