There is still time to enter the 2012 KSRO Good Food Hour’s Recipe Contest and, given the theme this year, why wouldn’t you? It’s BACON!

Anything goes, from cocktails to dessert. Bloody Mary with Bacon Swizzle Sticks? Have at it. Bacon fat ice cream with caramelized bacon bits? Why not? Actually, I’m not 100 percent cocktails are allowed but bacon swizzle sticks sound so good I have to mention them. And what’s the worst the could happen? You submit a recipe for a cocktail and it’s not chosen. No big deal.

The contest was launched the same year that hosts Steve Garner and John Ash launched the show, now the longest-running radio food show on the West Coast. This is the 26th annual contest. The theme of first one, done almost in jest, was fruit cake. Over the years, the contest has focused on salsa, pozole, chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and much more.

Here’s how the annual contest works. You have until 5 p.m. Halloween–this Wednesday, October 31– to get your written recipe to KSRO AM. It is probably easiest to email the recipe to You may also fax it to 571-1097 or drop it by the station (1410 Neotomas, Santa Rosa) by 5 p.m. It is too late to mail it in.

That night, Steve and John will read every recipe line by line and select four finalists, whom Steve will call on Thursday morning.

The finalists will gather at G & G Supermarket (1211 West College Ave., Santa Rosa) at 11 a.m. on November 3 for a live broadcast of The Good Food Hour. Host Steve Garner’s co-host, John Ash, and a panel of judges will taste the entries and award the prizes during the show, which airs live from 11 a.m. to noon.

After the conclusion of the show, audience members are usually able to taste the winning dishes, provided the judges haven’t devoured them all.

The competition also offers an opportunity to watch The Good Food Hour as it happens; if you love radio, you need to see it happen live, at least once.