Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Road Trip Snack

By • July 12, 2013 • 16 Comments

Congratulations to savorthis, whose Bulgogi Jerky won the contest for Your Best Road Trip Snack.

  Bulgogi Jerky from Food52

1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My parents moved us to Denver from New York City when I was three. A few years later they helped an amazing Chinese chef they'd met in New York relocate to Denver to open a restaurant. While he was an incredibly talented chef, he was a terrible business man and eventually left his restaurant(s) and our lives. But while he was around, I remember him preparing great feasts for my parents and their friends and teaching my dad all sorts of wonderful recipes and techniques. I grew up with ducks drying in front of fans, pantries full of (then) exotic condiments, weird dried vegetables and assembly lines at the kitchen counter where I was tasked with rolling out thin pancakes for Peking duck or stuffing BBQ pork buns. I have since inherited my dad's well-seasoned wok and utensils, a giant triple decker steamer, several cleavers, and many of the recipes my dad made while I was growing up. It gave me a love not only of Asian cuisines, but also of planning and hosting magnificent feasts for friends.

2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I have only had to skin a cow's tongue once, but it was a pretty disturbing task that I'd like to not do again.

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?
Many things come to mind, but I have an old, weathered flat wooden spoon that is tapered just right and has a perfectly smooth round handle. I have yet to find another anywhere that's nearly as nice to hold on to. 

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
I really love a good bowl of brothy, noodly soup, especially with a perfectly cooked poached egg.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Years ago I tried to make my husband a German chocolate cake for his birthday. I used an old cookbook of my grandmother's which involved some method of heating the sweetened condensed milk in the can. It must have cooked way too long because when I went to stir it together wit the coconut and pecans, it got harder and harder to stir. I briefly tried to rescue the situation by molding the dense mixture into two roundish shapes to put between my cake layers, but it hardened like giant hockey pucks. I gave my husband the cake for laughs, but it was completely inedible. I have since sourced professional and delicious german chocolate cake for him elsewhere.

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Comments (16)

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about 1 year ago mcs3000

Agree w/ @mtrelaun. Congrats on your win!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thank you!~

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Love the recipe, but I love the dress even more! Cheers!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thanks! I was joking that it was a good "eatin" dress because it's roomy where it matters and that night we had about 10 courses.

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

Congrats on your win! How wonderful to have been exposed to such diverse cooking at such a young age!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thanks Emily. I probably didn't realize it until much later and am trying to impress that same diversity on my daughter.

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about 1 year ago William Widmaier

Congrats on the win! I love this recipe :) I'm working on a Caribbean jerk flavored jerky with your recipe as my inspiration!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Yum. I imagine there are endless variations. Post your version when it's ready...we have some camping coming up.

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about 1 year ago aargersi

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Love the Q&A - I first read "ducks DYING in front of fans" and though hmmm - odd. Haha. Everyone that tried your jerky when I made it went bananas for it!!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Well, my dad did hunt, so there were dead ducks and pheasant hanging in the garage but no active dying in the house. Thanks! I am so glad such an authority as yourself tested it.

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on the win, must say skinning a cows tongue would be pretty high up there for me too in least favorite tasks.

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thanks! I have to say it tasted good, but the process was a little much.

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about 1 year ago ChefJune

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Your story of the German Chocolate Cake made me howl with laughter. It is not that hard, really. and even easier are German Chocolate Brownies. PM me if you want the recipe.

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Ok- I have until October to master them and will take all the help I can get!

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about 1 year ago mtrelaun

Best portrait EVER! Congrats on the win.

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thank you! It was a fun contest. That photo is from a friend's NYE dinner that featured only dishes from Thomas Keller cookbooks. I had just garnished the Oysters and Pearls. Holy richness.