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Anyone who's bumped into a linzarella recipe knows she's cool: honestly, the woman makes her own kombucha. A writer from San Francisco who likes her "veggies cooked" and her "meat raw," linzarella (not to be confused with Cinderella -- no floor scrubbing here) canoodles with flavors whose pairing conventional wisdom would discourage. Fear not, however -- this cook knows fusion. From Coconut Licorice Tapioca to Cucumber Blueberry Mint Smoothie, quirk abounds in her kitchen. Seeking adventurous cooks/eaters willing to go out on a limb with linzarella -- trust us, she won't disappoint!

Linzarella is queen of the morning meal: her Muesli (this authentic Swiss recipe is any self-respecting mushy-cereal lover's dream) and Overnight Miso Porridge come to mind (miso in the morning? Brilliant!). And, she's got nothin' but love for leftovers -- Spaghetti Frittata work for you? This torta di pasta (pasta cake) is smart and delicious. Lest we overlook the elegance of her name, she won the horseradish contest with Sweet and Spicy Horseradish Dressing, a zippy and versatile dressing with clean flavors, and her Classic Root Beer Float from Scratch epitomizes elegant simplicity.

Read linzarella's profile question answers below and be sure to check out her blog

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Rattlesnake. Freshly killed, I might add. 

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    A lot of eggs. 

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    my sharp knife

  • Your ideal meal:
    tons of vegetables, topped with a big pile of fresh ricotta, all of it drizzled with some peppery olive oil and fancy salt. and some steak tartare or ceviche on the side. i like my veggies cooked and my meat raw.


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about 4 years ago fo

felicitations! je manque mon san francisco!


about 4 years ago mcs3000

Congrats, linzarella! Going to make your miso porridge soon.


about 4 years ago lapadia

Congrats, linzarella, great to meet you in the spotlight!


about 4 years ago EmilyC

Nice to see you in the spotlight, linzarella. I'm going to try your spaghetti frittata the next time I have leftovers!


about 4 years ago linzarella

Let me know how it turns out!


about 4 years ago Panfusine

congratulations linzarella!


about 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Congrats Linzarella! I've been enjoying your horseradish salad dressing for a while!


about 4 years ago Midge

Nice to see you spotlighted linzarella. I've got my eye on your muesli, love the pomegranate seeds idea!


about 4 years ago linzarella

GAH! Thanks everyone! I just moved and haven't had a home cooked meal in days...after many hours of carrying boxes up and down stairs, I decided to check food52 and daydream about grocery shopping. And the first thing I see is this - what a lovely surprise :)


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats on your spotlight! I'm still intrigued by your coconut-licorice tapioca, and am glad the editor's reminded me of it.


about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yay linzarella! Nice to see you in the spotlight!


about 4 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to trying your miso overnight porridge.


about 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Great to see you spotlighted Linzarella!


about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you in the spotlight. I tested that cucumber-blueberry smoothie for editors' pick and it was sublime!


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Congrats on your spotlight!....I too like the meat raw ( but the veggies can go both ways!)


about 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Nice to see someone from the homeland featured. You might just make a muesli person out of me.


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congrats linzarella and boulangere - you make me smile. The homeland indeed!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congrats Linzarella on the spotlight!


about 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations Linzarella!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

So nice to see the spotlight on you. Loved your kombucha! I know what you mean about the Swiss breakfast, too. You have a great set of recipes.