Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Recipe with Vinegar

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Congratulations to Kukla, whose Shalotta, Mom's Pickled Lettuce Condiment won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Vinegar!

  

1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I was born and raised in a place called Bessarabia, where people of many different nationalities and cultures lived together for centuries. There were Russians, Ukrainians, Moldavians, Romanians, Germans, Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, and each nationality brought something different to the local cuisine. Most of the people in Bessarabia spoke at least three languages. Over many centuries, the cooking traditions of these cultures mixed and evolved into a rich cuisine unique to the region. All of the women I grew up with mastered the art of cooking and hospitality, and shared their knowledge and recipes with me. I’ve brought my love, interest for food, and native cuisine to America, which I enjoy sharing with others.   

2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Shredding vegetables on a box grater.

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?
My mini food processor and a very old paring knife with sharp serrated edges, which I use more than any other knife for cutting, slicing, chopping, mincing, and dicing.

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
I love dips and spreads; they are perfect for both parties and just snacking from the jar any time of the day or night, or for spreading on a piece of toasted bread. Also, salads with everything but the kitchen sink are a comfort food for me.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Aside from occasional small oven burns on my poor piano hands and fingers, I’ve been lucky not to have any recent major kitchen disasters.

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats on your win, Kukla! What a unique, special recipe!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Emily so much!!

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almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Great recipe. I love it with iceberg lettuce. I've had it as a salad and layered on a chicken cutlet sandwich. I add whatever veggies I have in the fridge as well - cabbage (usually red) and carrots.

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almost 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

I used Splenda, btw. Worked out fine!

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

Congratulations Kukla! I look forward to making this dish.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Bevi! I would love your opinion!

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Congratulations, Kukla! The shalotta sounds wonderful. What a beautiful kitchen!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you healthierkitchen! Shalotta is tasty,but the kitchen isn't mine. This photo was taking at my nieces Baby Shower last Saturday and the new beautiful kitchen is hers.

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almost 2 years ago susan g

Kukla, you've brought so much wonderful food to food52, and taught us so much from your stories. Thank you!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you so much susan g for your warm and kind words!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations Kukla! I'm sure your pickles will be a staple all summer here.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you, thank you Emily; hope you’ll give it a try too!

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almost 2 years ago Madhuja

Congratulations, Kukla! This looks so good!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Madhuja! It taste good too.

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Congratulations, Kukla!!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thanks a lot Linda!!!

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almost 2 years ago indieculinary

Congrats! Can't wait to make this.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Hope you'll like this condiment, and thanks for the greeting!!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you all for your kind congratulations! Special thanks to the editors and testers for their reviews; Mr. James Ransom and Food52 for the beautiful photos and everybody who voted and congratulated me!!! You guys are the best!!!
Now I am off to shop for groceries; we will have a graduation party for my granddaughter Rutty on Friday, May, 17 teens.

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations, such a wonderful dish!!!

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almost 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Kukla!!!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Kukla, so happy for you, so well deserved.

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Kukla! I loved this recipe the moment I saw it - so glad it is getting the recognition it deserves!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations!

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

congrats Kukla!

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almost 2 years ago Midge

Yay Kukla!

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almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, kukla!