Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Radishes and Turnips

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Congratulations to Kukla whose Crunchy Celery, Radishes and Turnips Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce won this week's contest for Your Best Radishes and Turnips!


1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Because I grew up with amazing cooks, I was confident and excited the first time that I hosted a dinner party for my friends. They were so kind and showered me with praise, which encouraged me to keep cooking for my family and friends.  

2. What's your least favorite food?
Having been a chubby kid, I rarely ate pasta while I was growing up. After years of avoiding it, I’m still not pasta’s biggest fan. 

3. What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
I am very proud of the Lemon-Ricotta Bars recipe I created. But my granddaughter insists that my berry streusel pies are my greatest creation. 

4. Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
I love to experiment in the kitchen and so far, my biggest disaster was my failed attempt at making Gougéres. Instead of using a hard cheese, I used soft goat cheese. The results were shy Gougéres that refused to rise. 

5. What is your idea of comfort food?
When I think “comfort food,” my mind immediately goes to meat stew with potatoes and mushroom. 

6. Apron or no apron? 
I’m a no apron kind of girl. 

7. What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
I’ve always loved the scene in “The Mirror Has Two Faces” when Barbra Streisand’s character tries to construct the perfect bite of food. And of course, in “Julie & Julia,” I loved watching how much Julia Child truly savored the food in France. 

8. If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
My mom. 

9. You prefer to cook: a) alone; b) with others; c) it depends on your mood

10. When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a) clean as you cook; b) do all the dishes once you've finished cooking; c) leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean
I clean as I cook. Piles of dirty dishes discourage me from cooking. I like a clean kitchen!


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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you so, so much dear ladies for all your kind, warm and beautiful greetings!!!
I am very happy and proud to be a member of such wonderful community!


almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Warm congratulations on your win for such a lovely creation!


almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations! You are a fantastic cook - love to read your Q&A!


almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations, Kukla! I can't wait to try your salad - it's simple, elegant, and looks to be bursting with flavors I love.


almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Warm congrats, Kukla! Very happy for you! Your winning salad and lemon-ricotta bars are on my must-try-soon list!


almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many congrats to you kukla!! Your recipe looks wonderful!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you so very much ChezSuzanne!!!


almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

So happy for you, Kukla!! A well deserved win. Congratulations!!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thanks inpatskitchen! I am having a blast today answering the kind and wonderful greetings from so many of you, talented and considerate friends at food52!


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So thrilled for you Kukla, you are an amazing cook and I love your Q&A. You so deserve to win and I couldn't be happier for you.


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you sdebrango!!!


almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Kukla! I'm so happy for you!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you so much dear drbabs, I know you are happy for me!!! Since my early days at food52, you were very nice and I will always remember that I got my first Community Pick for the recipe you tested.


almost 3 years ago Midge

Congratulations Kukla! Nice to read more about you.


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you kindly Midge!!!


almost 3 years ago lapadia

Congratulations, again Kukla, excited for you and I loved reading about your food history!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thanks a million lapadia!!!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you Bevi for always being kind and attentive!


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Thank you So, So very much Amanda and Merrill for choosing my recipe as a finalist!!!
Many thanks to all my fellow cooks who voted and for all the warm and encouraging comments!!! I am very excited, this is my first win!


almost 3 years ago Bevi

It's so nice to learn about your life in the kitchen. Your granddaughter and whole family are very lucky!