The Holiday Cooking event started on December 19, 2012 and lasted until January 2, 2013. Users could find ingredients and recipes that were scattered around the DC website. After collecting their first ingredient, participants in the event gained a Cream Pie Badge, which is displayed at the top of their scrolls. By combining basic ingredients, new recipes could be discovered, and new ingredients (which were made from the new recipes) were created. After users collected all 17 of the basic ingredients, the "red star" recipe cards started to drop. Each one of the "red star" recipe cards gave a user a ticket for the site-wide raffle. Unlike the standard recipes, which could be discovered by experimenting with the blank recipe cards and ingredients, it was not possible to create a dish from a red star recipe until the user found the relevant recipe card. After finishing all recipes the Cream Pie Badge turned into a Pumpkin Pie Badge.
There are two main types of recipes which are labeled as "Preparation" and "Oven". It takes a lot of trial and error to attempt recipes. For successful recipes you gain the recipe card. For failures, the following message is displayed:
"You throw all of the ingredients together... And the result is a giant mess. You toss it into the garbage before anyone notices."
Basic ingredients have to be gathered. You can find them randomly around the site. More advanced ingredients have to be made from combinations of the basic ingredients.
Where do I get recipes?
Experiment! Lots of recipes can only be discovered by choosing the right combination of ingredients. Once you have all of the basic ingredients, you'll be able to find advanced recipes around the site instead. These advanced recipes cannot be discovered, even if you know the ingredients.
I can't discover any recipes!
That's not a question, but here's some help anyway: A lot of key items can be made by cooking or preparing a single ingredient. Once you have these, you'll be able to prepare advanced recipes more easily. Also, try looking at advanced recipes. See what items you don't have, and think about how you could possibly make those missing items.
How do the raffle tickets work?
You get one raffle ticket for each advanced (starred) recipe you successfully make. You only get entered once per recipe; even if you make the item multiple times, it only counts the first time.
How do I cook on a mobile device?
The cooking feature works just fine on mobile browsers. Simply tap the recipe you want to make, or tap ingredients to add them to a blank recipe.
How do I know when I'm done?
When you're done, your badge will change from an cream pie to a pumpkin pie. If this happens, you have discovered and made all of the recipes.
How many ingredients, common recipes and red star recipes are there?
There are 17 basic ingredients, 33 common recipes and 40 red star recipes, which makes a total of 90 food items in the Holiday Cooking Event.