First the BCS pushes Texas into the also-ran category and now this. The 28th National Beef Cook-Off is asking home cooks to submit "Sonoma-style" recipes for this year's contest.
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That's right, think simple, light and (above all) colorful...which can probably be achieved by carving thin slices of meat left to green in the sun.
The best of these soft-core recipes will be selected for (and the chosen home cooks asked to compete in) for a high stakes competition in Sonoma. Some $70,000 will be on the line, with a cool 25 grand going to the winner. One of the prizes includes paid registration and travel to the 2009 "Beef 101" seminar at Texas A&M.
You have until March 31 to figure out just what "Sonoma-style" beef means. We're guessing it has something to do with slaughtering happy cows for their sirloin bits. More information here.