Hotline MVP of the Month

August 31, 2014

To thank our members for their dedication to helping out their fellow cooks, every month we’ll choose a Food52er whose activity on the Hotline has caught our eye, and treat him or her to a $25 gift certificate to Provisions

Today: See who had the write stuff this month.

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We’re excited to announce that August’s Hotline MVP is Sam1148! Take a moment to congratulate him, and then go make his Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa -- it's perfect on fish, chicken, your spoon...

Sam1148 not only has the perfect use for all of your late-summer cherry tomatoes, he's also a serious problem solver on the Hotline. Should you find yourself in a cabin with no running water, no electricity, and a sink that pumps in rainwater from the roof: Sam1148 has you covered with meal ideas for an entire week. If you're taking it easy in a regular vacation home with luxury amenities (like a stove), but just don't want to spend the week slaving away in the kitchen: He's got ideas for that too. Staring at ten pounds of parsley? Sam1148 has suggestions. Out of powdered sugar? He'll walk you through how to make it from regular sugar in a mini food processor.

Sam1148's not just the MacGyver of the Hotline, he's full of fun facts, like the best way to properly start a batch of sauerkraut -- according to legend, it's under an oak tree during a full moon. You know how we love food trivia. 

Congratulations to Sam1148, and thanks to everyone who participates over on the Hotline -- the community wouldn’t be the same without you.

Want to boost your kitchen karma? We’re looking for enthusiastic participation throughout the month that is helpful, thoughtful, and considerate. 

Photo by James Ransom 

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Pegeen
  • jamcook
  • Sam1148
  • Susan W
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Pegeen September 2, 2014
Congratulations, Sam!
jamcook August 31, 2014
Well done Sam.. I have been admiring your practical, creative responses to even the craziest of questions !
Sam1148 August 31, 2014
Thanks 52! What an honor. I love this place.
Susan W. August 31, 2014
Congrats Sam!! Well deserved for sure. I love that they referenced your sauerkraut legend. Patiently waiting for the next full moon. :0)
Sam1148 August 31, 2014
Do it in late September when the winds and the weather changes. Dancing naked around the oak tree is either optional or scary.

Oh..and for food52 shop plug here.

Get a fermenting crock:

Susan W. September 1, 2014
Lol..since the heritage oak tree is in the park next to my house, I'll skip the naked thing so I don't end up in jail. :0)
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 1, 2014
Congrats! Will you be splurging for the crock?