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sam1148  Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish

Gotta love a guy who knows how to make his own Fritos. No, really. Sam1148 has long been a Hotline All-Star (way back to the days of ye olde Foodpickle). But since our recent facelift, he's stepped up to the plate time and time again with rocking good, honest answers over which we've had plenty a good chuckle. Like that time he served rocky beans.

If there's one corner of the site in which the tricky and resourceful do reside it's the Food52 Hotline. And, by jingo, is this cook ever helpful. He often appears to the rescue with so much more than the answer -- creativity, unusual experience, and a sense of humor pepper all of his responses. How do you clean a pizza stone? Oh, but it's so much more than a stone! Often weaving his family history in with his kitchen know-how, it's not all talk -- the dude took home silver in our Cherry Tomato Contest with his Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish. Thanks, Sam1148, for teaching us to fish all over the site.

Read a Q&A with Sam1148 below:

  • 1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
  • Julia Child. The first thing I ever made that involved cooking was her French Onion Soup.
  • 2. What's your least favorite food?
  • That green Jello stuff with carrots.
  • 3. What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
  • 4. Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • I broke a blade on a Vitamix trying to grind a dried out parmesan cheese rind. Apparently they can turn wood into saw dust, but not cheese.
  • 5. What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Miso Soup
  • 6. Apron or no apron?
  • No apron.
  • 7. What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • The feast from a Christmas Carol. Alistair Sim version.
  • 8. If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • My Uncle Jullian.


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Comments (25)


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hello Sam, congrats on your spotlight! I loved your Q & A, How funny you are! Love your name, that is my son's name too.


almost 4 years ago Burnt Offerings

So glad to see this! I learn so much from you and enjoy your responses enormously! Well done and congrats.


almost 4 years ago Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

To add another personal story here: My partner doesn't care for fish much. So the cat fish recipe is one of the few he likes. (tho he prefers it with chicken cutlets)
I'm not wild about catfish either, but do make it occasionally. My parents had a cat fish pond in my youth...and occasionally we'd get a 'fish kill'. Nothing can put off your cat fish than going out in row boat and skimming off dead floating cat fish from the surface of the pond. Yet somehow I survived..and like catfish took awhile tho.


almost 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations Sam! I always enjoy your advice!


almost 4 years ago creamtea

N i c e ! I always learn something new from Sam1148!


almost 4 years ago Midge

Great to see you in the spotlight Sam1148. Always love reading your pickle answers.


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, Sam! Great to see you in the spotlight.


almost 4 years ago susan g

What I find so admirable about Sam, in addition to all the virtues already mentioned is this -- you have a stunning intuitive grasp of food that takes you beyond recipes, to bringing out the very nature of the food and showing us how.


almost 4 years ago Niknud

I second everyone's congratulations and also want to acknowledge my appreciation for your awesome food-pickling skills! Well-deserved!


almost 4 years ago healthierkitchen

I always love reading your responses! Congrats!


almost 4 years ago healthierkitchen

I always love reading your responses! Congrats!


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Congratulations, sam1148. Lovely to see you here. Most well deserved.


almost 4 years ago TSGarp

Congrats on a well-deserved spotlight! Your catfish recipe is amazing. I'm looking forward to making it again soon.


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats, Sam! Your food-pickling is fabulous and you definitely deserve a spotlight. Thanks for helping so many folks in need.


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hey, Sam, It's so good to see you in the spotlight!


almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

P.S. Your catfish is the best. Ever. ;o)


almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So well deserved! You are so knowledgeable, so helpful and always so wonderfully practical. You make this community such a better place. Thank you for everything!! ;o)


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Congrats on the spotlight! You have helped me out in a pinch several times!


almost 4 years ago SKK

Sam, you are the best! Learn so much from you - good on you for being in the spotlight.


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations Sam!! Soooo well deserved!