A few weeks ago Hidden Valley Ranch and The Food Network launched the “Ranch it Up” Recipe Contest to commemorate the great ways to incorporate Hidden Valley products in holiday (and everyday) recipes. Entry is quick, easy and the lucky winner will receive a trip to New York City to meet Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners, and $500 in spending cash.

Recipes can be submitted daily, with voting open until January 7th, 2011.

To enter, submit a kid-friendly recipe that uses your favorite Hidden Valley Ranch product. Recipes must be entered into one of the following categories:

HiddenValleyRanchColorLogoAppetizers, Side Dishes, Main Courses, and Salads.

Five finalists will be selected on the basis of How well the Hidden Valley Ranch product was incorporated into the recipe (10 points), How kid friendly the recipe and final dish would be (15 points), and overall taste (25).

Melissa d’Arabian will prepare the five finalist recipes and judge them again to select the winner.

Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to New York City, NY including airfare, 2 nights’ stay in a first class hotel, ground transportation, a meet & greet with Melissa d’Arabian at the Food Network offices, dinner for 2 at a Food Network chef’s restaurant, dinner for 2 at Ninety Acres Farm/Restaurant including round-trip transportation, and $500 spending money. The prize also includes a 1-year supply of Hidden Valley Ranch food products. (ARV: $4,837)

Two 1st Prize Winners: A 1-year supply of Hidden Valley Ranch Products. (ARV: $78)

To submit your recipe and the enter contest, click here