Cook Spotlight

edamame2003

By • April 4, 2011 • 37 Comments

edamame2003 of Pacific Palisades, CA  Fresh Sriracha (a.k.a. homemade rooster)

Hard to believe, but this entertainment businesswoman has "free time" in which she grows her own vegetables, "trolls local farmers markets," and develops recipes inspired by her favorite restaurants (which she proceeds to test on her son). Although edamame2003 owns up to her own timidity when it comes to what she considers overly adventurous eating, her son is her designated guinea pig who "promises to try anything [his mother] makes once." Good boy.

A self-professed gadget girl who loves her Magic Bullet, mortar, and grill, edamame2003's recipes are a great place to start on food52 for Asian cooking 101. With creativity and flair, her recipe repertoire is often vegetarian-friendly and always jazzy -- curries, coconut, and spices abound. From her short rib contest finalist Korean Kalbi to Curried Kabocha and Kale, she's no wuss when it comes to heat. Many of her recipes are technique driven (Takoyaki, anyone?) and will have you stocking your larder -- her Fresh Sriracha (aka homemade 'rooster'), pictured above, is now one of our go-to DIY staples. Or, if you can't take the heat, try her Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

Can't get enough? Check out her blog edamame eats and follow her on Twitter at @edamame2003.

Read edamame2003's profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Asian people eat all sorts of strange foods from various animal parts to bugs and betel nuts. I'm not as game for these things.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Salads -- love to combine whatever's in season with home made dressings.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    I love all my little gadgets -- the magic bullet is key, mortar, and grill.

  • Your ideal meal:
    A perfectly cooked steak with simple marinade.

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Truffles. I've had dishes with truffle oil, but I want a chance to cook with the real shrooms.

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Every season I stock up on two different bottles; this summer its the Glatzer Gruner Veltliner and Mulderbosch Rose. 

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    More than 6; fewer than 20.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Not a cookbook, but amazing reference guide is herbs and spices by Jill Norman. Also learned a lot about italian cooking from anything Hazan.

 

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over 3 years ago Literary Equivalent

Oh, yay! I love your rooster sauce recipe and you're such a bright presence! :)

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over 3 years ago Midge

I'm so glad to discover your great blog edamame!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

oh, food52! thank you so much--such a great surprise and honor. its been great meeting everyone through the delicious recipes and stories behind them. I hope we'll have a chance to cook together one day. And I'm laughing at the alpha mom description. I guess you can do everything--just not at the same time!

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over 3 years ago mcs3000

Congrats! Enjoy your recipes, especially the Korean kalbi. I will have to check Omnivore Books for Jill Norman's guide to herbs and spices - sounds so cool.

Eda_takoyaki_cooking

over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you!

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over 3 years ago monkeymom

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

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you monkeymom--your recipes are a hit in our home too!

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Whoo hoo! Congrats on the spotlight - so great to see you here!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thanks mama. you've changed my outlook on sardines. and my son enjoys it too!

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

Brilliant! Your homemade rooster is a staple in my fridge...it needs to be a wildcard winner! Cheers to you edamame!! : )

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I second the nomination for wildcard winner!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you! i'll take it!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

SO great to see you in the spotlight! And we almost had the chance to meet up! Hope we can sometime in the future. Meanwhile I think I have gotten to know you a bit through your wonderful recipes!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

hope you had a good visit in LA. i always look forward to your sustainable take on food and recipes.

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Hooray Eda! So glad to see you here in the spotlight!! Your recipes are amazing.

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thanks gingerroot--but what do you think about the guinea pig allegation? i'm like the tiger mom of forcing food on my kid! ha ha!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

LOL! That makes two of us then, except I'm still in the coaching phase with my two. Tiger mom, maybe? But is it wrong that I love that my three year old loves turnips? ha ha!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay, edamame2003! So nice to see you in the spotlight. We love our magic bullet too! I must confess, I also own the slap chop. :)

Eda_takoyaki_cooking

over 3 years ago edamame2003

oh, that is an oldie, but goodie. don't be surprised if I show up for a scone on day in the near future!

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over 3 years ago thirschfeld

can't be happier than to see you in the spotlight. Awesome.

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thanks! and thanks to you, I am now making my own dashi. perhaps an entire recipe someday!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Fresh Sriracha?!?!? Oh yeah!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

:)

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Mulderbosch, is it a South African wine?

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

yes--rose. my friends brought it back for me from south africa. i am big fan.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Great choice for cook spotlight! Love your recipes, edamame!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay edamame! What a great spotlight! I'm slowly trying to improve my Asian cooking, and your recipes are such great resources!

Eda_takoyaki_cooking

over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you--i'm enjoying many of your recipes as well. its great to have a community like this to share ideas and techniques.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you in teh spotlight, edamame! Congratulations!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thanks drbabs!

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over 3 years ago SKK

I love Edamame's recipes and pointers. Thank you for the profile!

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over 3 years ago edamame2003

thank you!

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over 3 years ago The Enchanted Cook

Thanks for profiling such a wonderful cook and recipe developer! I have been a fan of Edamame's for quite some time and her homemade Sriracha is a recipe I've continued to make and enjoy over and over!!

Eda_takoyaki_cooking

over 3 years ago edamame2003

hi there veronica! and i enjoy all your gorgeous pictures and dishes too! still wondering how we post such similar dishes within weeks of each other...

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay for edamame! It is hilarious that you test on your son - what a good kid! Heading over to check out your blog ...

Eda_takoyaki_cooking

over 3 years ago edamame2003

aargesi-your barbacoa recipe is one of his favorites! thank you!