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Holiday Hand-Me-Down Recipes contest

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s been passed down in your family? Would you love to make it live on the TODAY Show? Then read the rules, send in your recipe and a recent photograph of yourself. Also make sure to include your name, city, state and phone number.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s been passed down in your family? Would you love to make it live on the TODAY Show? Then read the rules, send in your recipe and a recent photograph of yourself. Also make sure to include your name, city, state and phone number.Starting November 30, the TODAY show producers are looking for holiday hand-me-down recipes. You should submit an original recipe and a recent photo of yourself. All submissions require an entry form. Read the contest rules below and submit your recipe!

Preliminary information: No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Today’s Holiday Hand-Me-Down Recipes Contest (“Contest”) will begin on November 30, 2009 at 7:00 A.M ET and end on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. ET (“Contest Period”). All times in the Contest refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Sponsors: The Today Show (“TODAY”) and NBC Universal, Inc. (“NBC”), both located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, shall be the sponsors of this Contest and shall be referred to herein collectively as “Sponsors”.

Eligibility: Open only to permanent, legal U.S. residents who are physically residing in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and other United States territories, and who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older and of the age of majority in their state of residence as of the start of the Contest Period. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and their spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include Sponsors and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest.

Please note that by entering you agree that if you are chosen as a potential Winner you may undergo a background check conducted by TODAY and, if necessary, you will sign waiver forms authorizing the release of your personal and background information.

How to enter: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period log on to TODAYshow.com (the “Website”), click on the Contest banner, and follow the provided instructions to complete and thereafter submit the entry form, which includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, and date of birth (the “Entry”). As part of the Entry, you will also be required to upload the following online according to the instructions provided on the Website: (a) one (1) photo (“Photo”) of yourself alone (the “Photo”); and (b) an original (written by you) recipe in the English language (the “Recipe”).. The Photo must have been taken within one (1) year of the start of the Contest Period and must feature only the contestant. Other than minor changes to lighting and coloring, the Photo must not have been altered or edited in any manner that distorts the original photograph. By entering, you agree that the Photo and Recipe (collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions”) and any other portion of your Entry may be broadcast on TODAY, on the Website, and in promotions and advertisements for TODAY. All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned.

You must submit the Submissions as part of your Entry in order to enter and be eligible for the Contest.. By entering the Contest, you agree that you created the Recipe. By entering the Contest, contestants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Photo or Recipe and to incorporate the Submission in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity. Contestants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions.

Entries must be received before December 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. You may enter Once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional entries. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of a contestant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the contestant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use contestant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

Winner selection and notification: A panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges”) will review the eligible entries received during the Contest Period and select three (3) potential winners (each, a “Winner”) on or about December 9, 2009 based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Originality (50%) and Creativity (50%). In the event of a tie, the Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied contestant who received the highest points from the Judges for Originality as the potential Winner. In the event a tie remains, the tied entries will be judged by an additional tie-breaking judge, using the Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied contestants will be the potential Winner. Decisions of Sponsors and Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Contest. Representatives of TODAY will contact the potential Winners, whose Entries received the highest score from the Judges, using the phone number and/or email address submitted at the time of entry. If a potential Winner does not respond within twenty-four (24) hours of the initial contact, such contestant may be disqualified and TODAY may, in its sole discretion, select the runner-up contestant with the next highest score based on the judging criteria as a potential Winner. TODAY reserves the right to select less than three potential Winners or no Winner at all, extend the Contest Period, or cancel the Contest, if an insufficient number of eligible, complete, tasteful, appropriate, or generally qualified Entries are received by TODAY as determined by TODAY in its sole discretion. All potential Winners will be selected subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. . Potential Winner may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, and, except where prohibited, publicity release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within two (2) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period, with these Official Rules or the return of or inability to deliver any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsors' discretion, and time permitting, an alternate potential Winner may be selected from among all eligible remaining entries based on the Judging Criteria.

Prizes: There will be three (3) prizes awarded (each, a “Prize”), each consisting of the following: A trip (the “Trip”) to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area for Winner and an appearance as part of TODAY’s Recipes demonstration segment (“Recipes Demo”). The Trip will include the following elements, each as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion: Standard hotel accommodations (standard room, double occupancy) for two (2) days, one (1) night in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area on or about December 14, 2009 through December 15, 2009; roundtrip commercial coach airfare for Winner to a major airport in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area from an airport near the Winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion); an appearance as part of TODAY’s Recipes Demo for Winner on December 15, 2009 or on such other date designated by Sponsors in their sole discretion; round trip ground transportation between the airport and the hotel, and the hotel and TODAY . Winner must be available to (a) travel to New York City on Monday, December 14, 2009 or on such other date as specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion; and (b) show up for a Recipes Demo rehearsal at 4:30 P.M. ET, or Prize will be forfeited.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of the Prize is $750.00. Actual retail value of Prize will vary depending on the point of departure, point of arrival, and fare fluctuation for the Trip. Any differences between stated ERV and actual retail value will not be awarded. Trip is subject to space availability, select blackout dates and other travel restrictions. Winner will receive an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 from Sponsors for the total ARV of Prize for the calendar year in which Prize was won.

All details of Prize will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar Prize (or Prize element) of comparable or greater value in their sole discretion. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, the Prize may be awarded to the runner-up contestant with the next highest score based on the judging criteria, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. No other travel elements (including, without limitation, insurance, gasoline, meals, gratuities, souvenirs, etc.) are included in Prize. Airline and hotel reservations are subject to availability. Ticket is non-refundable and are not valid for business-related or group travel. Ticket is valid only for travel on airline chosen by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors have the right in their sole discretion to substitute ground transportation for air transportation depending on Winner’s place of residence. Trip must be completed by the date specified by Sponsors or Prize will be forfeited. Ticket will be issued only to Winner. Ticket is void if sold for cash or other consideration. Winner is responsible for any tax liability, including applicable departure taxes or fees, all taxes and fees assessed at the time of ticketing, inspection charges, and security charges. Once issued, ticket is non-transferable and may not be reissued once travel has commenced. Open ticket may not be issued and stopovers are not permitted. If an unscheduled stopover occurs, full fare will be charged from stopover point for the remaining segments, including return, of the trip. Sponsors are not liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay. Winner must have valid travel documents (e.g., valid government-issued photo identification and/or passport) prior to departure. Prize consists only of the elements set forth above. Travel arrangements must be made through Sponsors. Sponsors shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations, delays, or any other change by any company or person providing any element of Prize due to reasons beyond Sponsors’ control, and are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence thereof. Winner may be required to execute and return additional documents, which, among other things, will permit the Sponsors to record and/or broadcast Winner’s appearance on TODAY, however, Sponsors are under no obligation whatsoever to do so. Date and/or time of TODAY appearance is subject to change. TODAY appearance is subject to cancellation. No retail value is associated with the on-air appearance of Winner. If TODAY is not in production or the TODAY appearance is cancelled for any reason, no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of the applicable portion of the Prize will be provided in lieu thereof, no additional compensation will be awarded, and the remaining elements of Prize shall be awarded and shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsors’ Prize obligation to Winner.

Recording: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the appearance of Winner on TODAY. If Sponsors, in their sole discretion, elect to incorporate any audio and/or video recording of Winner (the “Recording”) into TODAY or other television shows, the taping and/or the Recording will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Winner will not be entitled to compensation or credit therefor. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recording in their sole discretion. If the Recording is broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner will be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors prior to their appearance on TODAY and participation in the TODAY Recipes Demo, if any. Failure of Winner to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause the Prize to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner will have no right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recording or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify Winner, cause the Prize to be forfeited, and remove Winner from TODAY at any time, if Winner’s behavior is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if Winner does not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Contest itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

Conditions: By entering the Contest, each contestant agrees for contestant and for contestant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such contestant’s participation in the or Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such contestant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final.Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each contestant (and each contestant’s parent or legal guardian on behalf of each contestant) agrees for contestant and for contestant’s heirs, executors and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such contestant’s participation in the Contest (including any travel related thereto) and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of a Prize, or any portion thereof; (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by the Prize supplier that are sent along with a Prize; (c) if selected as a Semi-Finalist, Finalist or the Grand Prize Winner, to the posting of such contestant’s name on the Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness in any and all media now or hereafter known without additional compensation, notification, permission or approval and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all actions of Sponsors and Judges, whose decisions are final and binding. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

Additional terms: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to contestants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Winners from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension based on the Judging Criteria above. Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Website. Sponsors may prohibit any contestant or potential contestant from participating in the Contest, if such contestant or potential contestant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other contestant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion).

Disputes: Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you, Bravo, and the Contest sponsor(s) in connection with the Contest (if any), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York. Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you, Bravo, and the Contest sponsor(s) in connection with the Contest (if any), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York.YOU AGREE THAT IF ANY CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE BREACH OF ANY TERM HEREOF, OR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST CANNOT BE SETTLED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS, THE PARTIES SHALL ENDEAVOR FIRST TO SETTLE THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM BY MEDIATION CONDUCTED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND ADMINISTERED BY JAMS UNDER ITS APPLICABLE RULES.  IF THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM IS NOT OTHERWISE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR MEDIATION, YOU AGREE THAT IT SHALL THEN BE RESOLVED BY FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION CONDUCTED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, AND ADMINISTERED BY JAMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS STREAMLINED ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS THEREOF (THE “JAMS RULES”, AVAILABLE AT , INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE RULE PROVIDING THAT EACH PARTY SHALL PAY

Winner announcement: For the names of the winners, available after December 11, 2009, visit TODAYshow.com, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by December 12, 2009 The Today Show, 30 Rockefeller Plaza 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10112 To the Attention of: Today’s Holiday Hand-Me-Down Recipe Contest

I have read and agree to the Terms of Submission, the Terms of Service of msnbc.com and that to your knowledge the recipe you are submitting was not taken from a cookbook or any other source.