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Over the past eight months, Sadassa_Ulna has been winning us over one recipe and sassy comment at a time. An architectural designer and avid gardner from Wynnewood, PA, she has a common thread running through most of her recipes: like so many of us, she's all about food memories -- some come from childhood, as in Mrs. Ito's Gyoza, and some are new traditions created with her husband and two children, like the Birthday Pumpkin Muffins pictured above.

She's as driven to find recipes her children will devour, like (success story!) Potato (and Cauliflower) Cakes, as she is by her own cravings: her Chocolate-Covered Cherry Valentines are the work of a confessed chocoholic (not that there's anything wrong with that). Sadassa_Ulna's warm sense of humor and love of ingredients are everywhere on food52, from her prize-winning foodpickle answers to her enthusiastic comments to her recipe headnotes (see Apples on Greens with Cumin Vinaigrette: it's salad gone wild).

For more Sadassa_Ulna, see her profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    I'm not very adventurous, snails?

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Scrambled eggs with ketchup and yakisoba sauce

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    my Kitchenaid stand mixer (gift from husband)

  • Your ideal meal:
    Fourth of July barbecue with friends and family

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Japanese "Gift Fruit"

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Rarely more than one or two, not a collector [yet].

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    4 + husband + kids + me

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    No clean dish towels

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Joy of Cooking


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Comments (18)


over 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

My understanding was that in Japan, some growers go to great lengths to grow incredibly luscious versions of muscat grapes, peaches, melons cherries, etc. that are extra large and fantastically perfect. These fruits are elaborately wrapped and given as gifts, often from young executives to their bosses. The profile question " Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook" seemed like a chance to mention something almost ridiculously sublime and decadent! But then I read this: and realized that it is so crazy wasteful in terms of what the growers go through that I might just change my profile answer . . . we'll see, FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

and thank you for all the wonderful comments that magically keep coming in! I heart food52 . . .


over 4 years ago Panfusine

thanks for that informative link..$100 for a fruit... I'm not sure I'd have the heart to eat it up if I got one!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you in the spotlight!


over 4 years ago Kayb

Very cool spotlight; enjoy your time! Love your answers and recipes!


over 4 years ago pauljoseph

I am very happy to see you here!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh how wonderful to see you here! I always enjoy your posts, and I'd like to add my name to the list of those who are curious about Japanese Gift Fruit. Warm congratulations!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Great to see you here!


over 4 years ago betteirene

I didn't realize that you were such a newcomer to food52 because you feel like a long-time friend. Good to see you here.


over 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

I just got home from work and found this! I am just bowled over. Thrilled! Thank you so much for this spotlight and thanks to my new fans! I feel like my archives are too skimpy to be spotlighted, but I will make an effort to change that. Pinch me!


over 4 years ago TiggyBee

I just now skimmed through your recipes and they're gorgeous! Congrats, Sadassa!!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Great spotlight! You're a riot, Sadassa_Ulna.


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Great spotlight Sasassa_Ulna! Fun to learn a bit more about you!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay - great spotlight - LOVE the salad headnote!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hello Sadassa_Ulna! Nice to see you in the spotlight.


over 4 years ago gingerroot

So great to see you in the spotlight, Sadassa_Ulna - congrats!


over 4 years ago Lady Amalthea

Japanese "gift fruit"? I'm intrigued ...


over 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

me, too! What is that?


over 4 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations on the spotlight...