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Ginger's Kitchen

January 17, 2011 • 74 Comments

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Ginger's Kitchen is the brainchild of food52 superstars (clockwise from the top) arielleclementine, Helenthenanny, aargersi and Sagegreen, the first three of whom live in Austin, Texas (and have been known to meet up for potlucks and epic cannonball competitions). Last weekend, Sagegreen flew down from Amherst, Massachusetts for the group's first cooking collaboration, escaping snow fall for comparatively balmy weather in Austin.  

The cold may have kept people up north locked indoors, but this inspired foursome was free to roam around Austin, sourcing local produce from the farmers markets and cheeses from the beloved Antonelli's Cheese Shop in Hyde Park. Check our their brilliant uses of Explorateur Triple Crème in their cheeky Don't Hate Me Because I'm Waldorf salad and Dante, an aged sheep's milk cheese, in their Apple Panzanella.

Ginger's Kitchen has only conspired for one contest so far, but if their Brown Butter Apple Pie Salad, their Warm Duck and Grilled Apple Salad, or their raita/tzatziki-dressed apple salad (Raitziki!) are any clues, this cunning foursome will continue to be an inspirational force on food52. The best news of all? Ginger's Kitchen is looking for more collaborators!

And just who is Ginger, you ask? Here's a hint. For more of Ginger's Kitchen's delicious recipes, see their profile page and fan them here.

Ginger's Kitchen profile page

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Wow, Sagegreen, aka celebrity chef!!! I just watched the segment - you did great and did us all proud!! You're definitely a natural! I'm not at all surprised they'd like to have you back! And it looks like you were having a lot of fun!

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about 3 years ago AmyW

LOVE Ginger's Kitchen! But after I visit, I always seem to waddle — rather than walk — away. Great job, ladies.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Wow!!! Sagegreen, You were AMAZING!!! So wonderful and engaging to listen to, so natural in the kitchen. If you had a cooking show I would watch it every day! Keep posting links when they have you back! Seriously, I can't get over how much fun it was to watch that clip. Bravo! :)

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

You are so kind, fiveandspice! As I will turn 60 this next year, I dream of early retirement and a new venture. We shall see what evolves. There are so many inspiring stories on Food52!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Sagegreen, you're a natural! Time for your own cooking show.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Midge...gosh, do I wish! But I better keep that day job.

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about 3 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

How wonderful! Congratulations to you.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Rivki. Glad Ginger's Kitchen got a plug on air, too!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Yaaah…Enjoyed watching your cooking segment, Sagegreen! You were great and soooo lucky to get to move around and actually “do your own thing”; my TV experience was a little inhibiting, they had me stand within a certain spot, and then the chef helper pushed the pot away before I was finished…lost about 2 minutes of what I had planned to talk about, totally had to adlib, had fun regardless. Anyway, were you invited back to cook again? :)

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about 3 years ago lapadia

forgot to add...your Food52 stories were great!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Yes, they said they would like to have me back! Next time I think I will know more what to expect. It goes so quickly! I think this is a better link to my particular segment. It was nice to be the lead segment on the show and website today! I was able to get a 168 mb download
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp...

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

You did great! You did all of the great cooks at food52 proud! Huzzah!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

You were fantastic, Sagegreen! You have a lovely screen presence, cool, collected, and full of enthusiasm/knowledge for your subject - I would not be surprised if they had you back on a regular basis. : ) Congrats!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

@sagegreen, I just watched the video--great job! You were so cool on the camera! Congratulations!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I had chiseled off the ice to my totally encapsulated car which then started sliding downhill...but eventually made it to the studio on time....it was great fun! I have never cooked live before. The host was wonderful keeping us on time.

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about 3 years ago arielleclementine

way to go, Sagegreen! you were brilliant! so calm and knowledgeable! many congrats to you!

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

Ginger's Kitchen is awesome. Sagegreen, I <3 you and the link to your TV debut! Hugs.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks TiggyBee. This community really is an extension of family!

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about 3 years ago wanderash

This is what i looove about food52 and food in general-- the community. Very cool ladies.

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over 3 years ago TasteFood

I love it - kudos for the inspiration!

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Sagegreen, Look forward to seeing a link to your TV cooking segment....how fun, and congrats!

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over 3 years ago lapadia

...and, btw - I would have liked to add to the comment stream below but couldn't - whenever I click on "reply to this" it automatically re-directs to a new comment box after 2 comments (?), tested both on F52 side and mine, no luck on finding out why.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

If it goes ok, I will! Wish me luck with my TV cooking debut! Mind you, I better keep the day job. What was really funny was that aargersi's hubcab (a finalist in his own right from an earlier contest) was actually going to video us together as a sort of Amanda and Merrill team, but he got called out to cook elk and make a demi glace elsewhere! We still had oodles of laughs with all our ideas.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

OK, here is the link to the video clip for the Wed Jan 19th 'spiced latkes' segment on WWLP Channel 22 Mass Appeal, which will probably get archived soon:
http://www.wwlp.com/subindex...

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about 3 years ago adamnsvetcooking

What a great segment Sage!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh no the laptop is fine, this one is just new from a few months ago and I lost Dr Bab's email along the way. And YOU GUYS were the genius behind the recipes!!! And I still can't reply to a reply grumble mumble

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over 3 years ago mariaraynal

Looks like a great weekend! Any time spent at aargersi's is ALWAYS fun. And filling. : )

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

hooray!!

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

and i must say, it's really thanks to aargersi (and ginger's well stocked pantry!) because she is certainly the cooking wizard behind all this magic!!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Can we group Skype? I am a rube :-) That would be great! Dr Babs will you email me again? New laptop = lost email addresses.

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

what happened to your laptop?! i think it might have been yeti causing trouble ; )

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

haha! no way! that laptop definitely bested me in our contest of wits!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

We have even thought of using Skype for future collaborations.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That would be great!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That's such a great idea! too much fun for words!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks for the shout out! I just love Food52!!! This was so much fun to conspire directly. I had been so envious of those Austin potlucks from the summer, that when aarergesi invited me to come on down, I took her up on the offer! Tomorrow, a local TV station has invited me to cook one of my Food52 recipes live! I am surely going to tell everyone about Ginger's Kitchen, too.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Really!? How cool is that!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That's so awesome - congrats!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

congrats! how wonderful! it was so fun to meet you in person and cook with you!

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

hooray SG!! that is so awesome, puh-leeze put the link to the news segment in one of these comments so we can all see it!!! congratulations and break a leg on tv tomorrow!!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

That's fabulous!!! Definitely send us a link to the telecast! How very fun - you'll be GREAT!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Wow! Congrats, Sagegreen! Yes, I would also love a link...you'll be fabulous, I'm sure!!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Wow! That is so cool! Please send us the link!

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

So cool! I just love food52 and its inhabitants! xx

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over 3 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

This is just so cool. As if food52 weren't amazing and inspiring enough, Ginger's Kitchen broke the internet barrier and made things truly communal, cosmic maybe? I'm so glad A&M shared this with the rest of us!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hey I just saw this! We did have loads of fun and Ginger's Kitchen will ride again soon! Come on y'all! :-) Waverly I will message you from the site so you will know when we reconvene - it would be great if you could head over too!!!!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Let me know, too. I will Skype in!!

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over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much for making this happen, aargersi! you're the tops!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Sounds so fun! You guys are fabulous!