Cook Spotlight

Sagegreen

September 8, 2010 • 26 Comments

Sagegreen  Lassi

Sagegreen is an environmental designer, artist and professor living in western Massachusetts. Since joining food52 less than 3 months ago, she's taken the site by storm and submitted nearly 100 recipes with fanciful titles like A chocolate black plum pudding with bourbon for a mud-luscious world and The Black Mission Caper: a curried affair. But her recipes aren't simply avant-garde -- they actually work: she's received a number of Editors' Pick nods and her Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac was a finalist in our heirloom tomato contest.

We love how generously she shares her expertise in everything from botanical lingo to traditional German summer punches to making butter from scratch; how open she is to experimenting with lesser known ingredients like sapa and shilgochu; and how cheerfully she engages with every corner of the site. We can't wait to see what she comes up with next! See Sagegreen's profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
  • The vegetarian short list includes: chrysanthemum leaf tempura and the fruit of the Chinese dogwood tree (cornus kousa).

  • What do you cook when home alone?
  • Soups....pasta, especially spaetzle.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
  • I think it is my mother's old wire cooling rack...it has fond memories back to my earliest days. You can see it in two of my pfeffernusse recipe photos.

  • Your ideal meal:
  • A Thai meal, accented with those wonderfully cut fruit/vegetable garnishes, and an exotic tea or tisane in a hue to enchant.

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
  • I am having cravings for zwiebelkuchen and neue süße (an onion pizza-like pie with new wine)

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
  • 6

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Usually 4, but anywhere from 1 to 50.

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
  • ...that my kitchen doesn't come equipped with a ready clean-up crew.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
  • Alice Waters, "In the Green Kitchen"

Comments (26)

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almost 4 years ago SallyCan

Glad to see you featured here~your recipes are inspirational,your notes educational, your use of ingredients interesting, and your pictures beautiful. Thank you. Best wishes for you on your travels.

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almost 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

YAY SAGEGREEN!!! Congrads!

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almost 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

I like the onion pie too.

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almost 4 years ago pauljoseph

so glad Sagegreen you are one of my few favorites sincere chef

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Congrats! I am always waiting to see how many great entries you come with for each contest!! And...you manage to be unique and creative...really an original!

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

You are amazing Sagegreen! Keep'em coming!

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almost 4 years ago Lena S.

YAY!! Sagegreen! Wonderful Spotlight!

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I'm soooo glad to see you in the spotlight here. You've been such an inspiration and such a great addition to our community!! Have a wonderful trip and really look forward to hearing about your travels through your recipes and headnotes!

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almost 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Yay! Congrats on the shout-out - it has been great getting to know you through your food!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Wonderful to see you here! I've said it before and I'll say it again, your creative energy in the kitchen leaves me amazed and applauding.

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almost 4 years ago aliyaleekong

Great to see you in the spotlight! Congrats!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, everyone, for all the support! I am truly surprised and amazed to see this spotlight! I finished teaching my design studio today to find this posted. I really love how supportive and inspiring everyone is on this wonderful site. Next week I am leaving for a speaking tour in Belarus, so I may not be as active on this site for a bit...but I do hope to hunt for some wild mushrooms there and return with some new recipe ideas.

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almost 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

Congratulations SageGreen!

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

I love that "Spotlight" shining down on you, Sagegreen! Congrats!!

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almost 4 years ago Sunchowder

Hello SageGreen--how nice to see you in the spotlight, congrats! :) It is so nice to find out a bit more about you.

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almost 4 years ago Heena

Hey SG - You deserve the spotlight! I don't know how you do it : )

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almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Yay, glad to see you SG - love your recipes, your comments and it wonderful to take a peek behind the scenes. Thanks A&M

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Very nice to know more about you, Sagegreen!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Sagegreen! Ever since you joined Food52 and posted--what was it?--25 recipes using cherries? I have been dying to get to know you. So happy to see you here--you have added a tremendous amount to our community.

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almost 4 years ago Bevi

Hi Sagegreen! I love your recipes and your energy!

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Hooray Sagegreen! I can't think of anyone more deserving of the spotlight. : )