Cook Spotlight

gingerroot

By • April 18, 2011 • 55 Comments

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  Roasted Radish and Potato Salad

We were thrilled when gingerroot joined the food52 community early last summer, and quickly noticed her creative use of global ingredients and natural flair for combining unexpected flavors (black plum and black pepper: brilliant). A native of Hawaii, gingerroot focuses her recipes on local produce, often from her CSA or backyard garden, like the red limas in her Garden to Table Dip for Chips and the dandelion greens in her Ricotta Risotto.

It is often gingerroot's recipes that we turn to when looking for something unusual and tasty. There's seemingly no limit to her talents: sweet, savory, drinks (Dirty Chai Toddy, anyone? First round's on us.) -- you name it, she's got something to cover each category and course many times over. She often gains inspiration from her grandmother but adds her own dynamic, as in her prize-winning Roasted Radish and Potato Salad with Black Mustard and Cumin Seed (a clever riff on her grandmother's potato salad, pictured above). We count ourselves lucky that gingerroot shares her food memories with us, in the form of lovely, richly flavored, inspiring recipes.

See gingerroot's profile Q&A and fan her here and follow her on Twitter here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Okinawan cold pig's ear salad
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Eggs with greens; bread and cheese with fruit
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Set of nesting glass mixing bowls because I use them multiple times a day...and my paternal Grandmother's apron. Using it keeps her spirit alive in my kitchen - she was an amazing cook.
  • Your ideal meal:
    Lots of little plates, with family, close friends and a good wine or two and ending in dark chocolate
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Dinner with my husband at The French Laundry
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Two dozen
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    6 
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    All the dishes and not enough counter space.
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    It's difficult to name just one...some Chef/Authors I love include Nina Simonds, Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid, Nigella Lawson, Alice Waters, Elizabeth Rozin, Jamie Oliver, Deborah Madison

 

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almost 3 years ago TasteFood

Congratulations, Gingerroot, for your well deserved shout out!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, TasteFood!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

WooHoo gingerroot! congrats. You have been very welcoming to us newbies on food52! I thought you were a food52 master--well, now you are, officially!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, Lori! I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing community.

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almost 3 years ago Oui, Chef

Hey gingerroot - lovely to see you have your time in the spotlight, I always look forward to the creative and delicious recipes you post here....congrats! - s

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you so much for your kind words, Oui, Chef!

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

Totally late to this thread (been traveling), but Aloha!!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, wssmom! It's been a great day.

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about 3 years ago TSGarp

You are always in my cook spotlight! Although, I do feel self-conscious for the food when you photograph it before dinner! Congrats!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks for putting up with pre-meal photography! xoxo

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So glad to see you in the spotlight, gingerroot! As so eloquently stated by The Editors, we are so fortunate to have you among us. Thanks for your wonderful contributions to the community. ;o)

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

Heartily second that sentiment!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Aww, thanks AJ! You know how to make a girl feel loved! Thank you for your kind words. I am the lucky one here!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, Panfusine! : ) xx

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about 3 years ago JoanG

Congratulatilons Gingerroot!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, JoanG!

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about 3 years ago Sodium Girl

Yay for Gingerroot!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, SodiumGirl!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

I love your radish/potato salad and have begun to make it again! Congrats on the spot light!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, Bevi! So happy you enjoy it!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Wow, what an excellent early morning surprise and honor! You have all made my day, from the moment it started (a few minutes ago, lol). Sincere thanks to all of you and food52, I am humbled and so happy to be a part of such a vibrant community. You have changed the way I think about food!

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Well deserved shout out, Gingerroot! I always look forward to your recipes and the Aloha influence.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Mahalo dymnyno! I am a big fan of your recipes and was happy to discover that we share a love and connection to the islands.

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about 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

These always make me smile - Yay, Gingerroot!!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, lastnightsdinner!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Hurrah gingerroot! So happy to see one of food52's most creative and all-around awesome cooks highlighted. Hoping to make your manapua this week.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Oh Midge, thank you so much for your lovely comments! Thrilled if you try my manapua, hope you enjoy them! : )

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about 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

Oh - this is JUST awesome! Well deserved, and she'll wake up to a nice surprise. I love reading about Hawaii since I lived there as a little girl. Your recipes are inspirational and so are you Jen.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

It WAS a great surprise to wake up to, Linda! Thanks for your kind words and I hope you come back out here to visit someday soon.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Yippee for gingerroot!!!! Thrilled to see you in the spotlight where you belong! :)

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Aw, thanks so much, Emily! That means a lot coming from a cook I really admire.

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about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YAY Gingerroot! LOVE your recipes - great to see you in the spotlight!!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, a! The feeling is mutual, and one of these days I am bound and determined to make it out your way.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Goodmorning, Gingerroot, Happy Spotlighting, and Happy Cooking! :)

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

It was a fabulous morning, noon and now afternoon, thanks to people like you, lapadia! Happy cooking to you too!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

So great to see you featured here, gingerroot! Your recipes really inspire.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, Sagegreen! Coming from an amazing cook like you, that means a lot to me!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

What a lovely write-up of such a lovely person. I'm always intrigued when one of your recipes appears; coincidentally, I have your roasted radish and potato salad on the menu this week. Warm congratulations.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Aw, thank you for your kind words, boulangere! I hope you enjoy the roasted radish and potato salad - it was actually the first time I made something with radishes that I really liked (I was not a radish person before that contest).

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh that's great news - neither am I. We're making it Friday, and I'll be happy to pass on the reviews. Thank you so much for sharing so freely and abundantly with all of us.

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

YAAY!! well deserved spotlight gingerroot!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, Panfusine!