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January 24, 2011 16 Comments

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Aliwaks profile photo  Smoky Fried Chickpeas

New Yorker-turned-Philadelphian, Aliwaks takes heartfelt, homemade cooking to new heights. Her playful recipes, such as Smoky Fried Chickpeas (pictured above, right), Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon Curd & Greek Yoghurt, and Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce reflect a well-honed balance between creativity, family influence and culinary expertise.

Aliwaks is also a talented storyteller and her thoughtful recipe introductions transport us to her kitchen, which is bountiful and welcoming. One of our favorite stories precedes her recipe for I Fall To Pieces Beef Stew, but her intro to Poppa Hy's Matzoh Brei is a close second. We're also quite partial to her Luciana's Porchetta, which mightily represented food52 in Slate's Rumble in the Oven pork shoulder battle against Cook's Illustrated.  Aliwaks, you did us proud!

For more of Aliwaks' killer recipes, see her profile page and fan her here.

Read Aliwaks' profile Q&A below:

What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
That's so relative -- is kishka stranger than rattlesnake?

What do you cook when home alone?
My favorite home alone dinner is pasta with a fried egg, bread crumbs and peas

Your most treasured kitchen possession:
My grandmother's soup pot

Your ideal meal:
Just picked asparagus/soft cooked egg/black truffle vinaigrette + fried chicken, grilled corn, heirloom tomatoes + black raspberries, cream, shortbread

Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
Would love to experience Alinea, would love to cook paella outdoors or lamb in a stone oven

The number of bottles of wine you own:
:( none

The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

Kitchen pet peeve:

Your favorite cookbook:
Marlena Speiler's Pantry Cookbook, Chez Panisse Vegetables, Claudia Roden's World of Jewish food


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Comments (16)


over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

I love your recipes! So nice to see you in the spotlight.


over 4 years ago Jestei

I love aliwaks recipes and make them often


over 4 years ago Kayb

Great to see you in the spotlight! Love your recipes....


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Aliwaks, you rock, totally! Hope you make your cooking classes happen!!! Keep us posted. We love your recipes.


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Hey, whenever I see that you have posted another recipe, I know I'm going to enjoy your latest creation - keep up the good work!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YAY Aliwaks! Have made and enjoyed MANY of your recipes ... glad to see you here! Come on down here and teach a class, K?


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Nice to meet you, Aliwaks! Great storytelling, and I hope the rest of your week goes better.


over 4 years ago Midge

Love your recipes Aliwaks, especially the porchetta!


over 4 years ago Table9

Good to see you in the spotlight!


over 4 years ago wanderash

Great spotlight-- good luck in your cooking class endeavors. I imagine your friends, family and others are going to be super excited!


over 4 years ago Aliwaks

This could not have happened on a better day! THANK YOU! Was having a pretty ka-ka week jobwise & just a few hours ago decided to send out a email to friend and family saying I was going to start teaching private cooking classes. Food52 you guys always seem to make feel so good and so validated!!

Thank you so much for creating this community!


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Whoo hoo, Aliwaks! Such a talented cook and a wonderful member of the community!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on being in the spotlight! I would definitely take cooking lessons from you!


over 4 years ago cheese1227

I would drive to Philly for a class!


over 4 years ago thirschfeld

yes, great to see you in the spotlight


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hi Aliwaks! So nice to see you in the spotlight!