Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Noodle Soups

By • February 27, 2013 • 44 Comments

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Congratulations to gingerroot, whose Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles won the contest for Your Best Noodle Soups!

  

The winning dish, left, and gingerroot enjoying lunch with mrslarkin, right. 

1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I was fortunate to grow up feeling that food was synonymous with family. With two grandmothers who expressed love through cooking and feeding their family and friends, some of my best memories are around a dining table. Food was also fun -- as the oldest of four, I remember having pizza-making contests with my dad. We (kids) choose a dough recipe, a sauce recipe, and all our own toppings, while my dad did the same using different recipes. I am sure our pizza was always the best.

2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?
My least favorite task is definitely washing greens for a salad. I’m not exactly sure why...but if you do it, I’ll make the dressing!

3. If you could only have one tool in your kitchen, what would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I think I have to go with a good, sharp knife because while many kitchen tools can be improvised with a good hack, without a sharp knife, it is going to be difficult to slice, chop, or eat that beautiful piece of meat (or kabocha pumpkin).

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
A steaming bowl of broth with noodles, preferably with some spice, always hits the spot.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Thankfully I have not had any spectacular ones to date (spectacular to me connotes fire and blood). However, this past Christmas as I was preparing breakfast for visiting family, I averted near disaster. I will say that I have a weird energy when it comes to electronics (let’s just say I’ve crashed my share of computers for no apparent reason). Anyway, right before my family arrived, as I started filling serving bowls, I tried to use the microwave and it suddenly stopped working. No matter, I told myself, no time to waste! I moved on to the oven, took out a pan of fiveandspice’s Orange Scented Olive Oil Sticky Buns and then when I tried to turn it off, it went into “Self-Cleaning” mode and a fan started to whir (which had never happened before). I was very happy to see my mom, who swooped in and saved the day (read: she was able to use the microwave and turn off my oven).

 

 

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over 1 year ago QueenSashy

I am with you, a good sharp knife comes first. Congrats! Great dish.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you!

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Another great recipe! I love the photo of you all!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, healthierkitchen! It was a terrific day!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

Congratulations ginger root!!! A delicious soup!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you Kukla!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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Congratulations, gingerroot. I love the photo of you and MrsLarkins!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you boulangere. I love that my little gingerroots got to meet Sconegirl and Sconeboy!

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many congrats gingerroot!!! Your soup really looks just amazing!!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks so much S! I appreciate your kind words.

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over 1 year ago vvvanessa

Congrats! I've had my eye on this to make soon.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks vvvanessa! I hope you enjoy it.

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Hooray -- congrats Jenny! Beautiful recipe.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks Emily!

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over 1 year ago creamtea

Congratulations on your win! Back in the days when everyone wore wristwatches, my Mother used to say she had that effect on timepieces. Any watch she wore would stop cold. I guess you'd say she could stop time.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, creamtea! Wow, stop time? Now if only we could figure out how to harness this ability...:)

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over 1 year ago dymnyno

Aloha and congratulations! Mahalo for a great recipe.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

You are so welcome, Mary! I hope you enjoy it if you try it. Much aloha.

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over 1 year ago Madhuja

Congratulations, gingerroot! What a fabulous recipe! :)

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, Madhuja!

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over 1 year ago Midge

Big congrats!! Awesome recipe.

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, Midge!!

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over 1 year ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, Summer of Eggplant!

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over 1 year ago savorthis

Good for you! My husband has that same weird energy with electronic devices. I often make him leave the room when I'm on the computer....I wonder what that is?!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you savorthis! A long time ago whenever the xerox machine acted up at work a friend attributed it to "mercury in retrograde"...maybe it was me all along (! or a combination ha ha). Don't be too hard on your husband, we can't help it! :)

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations! What a beautiful soup!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, Pat! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you give it a try.

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Yay Jenny!!!! Congratulations!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, Em!! It was a lovely surprise to start the day.

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over 1 year ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

Congrats! This is a fabulous recipe!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, Beautiful, Memorable Food!!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Congrats gingerroot!

That day was one of the highlights of my year! :)

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks mrslarkin! I feel the same way about that day...we are all plotting our return! :)

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations!! I'm thrilled for you!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, hla!!

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over 1 year ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats, gingerrroot! So glad to see you (and this wonderful recipe!) in the winner's circle. I love your Q&A and the photo of you and mrslarkin. :)

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thank you, cookinginvictoria! I'm thrilled!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations GR, tremendous soup and well deserved win!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, sdebrango! I appreciate your thoughtful words and enthusiasm.