Winner of Your Best Potato Recipe 2.0

February 18, 2015

We've partnered with Idaho Potatoes to bring you the latest contest, Your Best Recipe with Potatoes 2.0. Congratulations to the winner, Kat Suletzki for her Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake.

Hasselback Potato Recipe

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My opi (grandfather) was a bäckermeister (master baker) in the Black Forest. As a young child, my favorite thing to do was to spend hours with him in the kitchen. While I was too young to learn true baking skills from him, my time with him instilled in me a strong sense of the importance that food has on family and friends. It was always a lively and fun kitchen, full of people sharing good food, which to me symbolizes love and friendship. These days, I share my recipes at my blog, Cup of Sugar :: Pinch of Salt.

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What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I am not terribly fond of cleaning the oven. My oven is an antique from 1954 and cleaning it is a very labor-intensive process, and one that kind of scares me. 

Your favorite kitchen tool?
By far and away, my favorite kitchen tool is my KitchenAid Stand Mixer with all the attachments. I use it nearly every day to make everything from cookie dough, to ice cream, to pasta, to learning how to make my own sausages.

Spatzle  Kat Suletzki

What is your idea of comfort food?
Spätzle, the little pasta noodles/dumplings from Southern Germany (Swabia) are my ideal comfort food. Learning how to make them from scratch is a tradition in my family, and I can make dozens of variations.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I learned the hard way that making anything with whipped cream in the summer is likely not the best idea! I made a Black Forest torte for my birthday one July with the heat index over 90º F -- no air conditioning. You could watch the whipped cream slide down the sides of the cake and curdle into a mess. Never again!

Photo of Kat Suletzki and top two photos provided by herself; top photo by Mark Weinberg; bottom left photo by Alpha Smoot

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dymnyno March 25, 2016
Idaho potatoes are russet potatoes. I am a part time Idaho gal and even license plates proclaim "famous potatoes". Potato museum is in Blackfoot, Idaho. Russet potato was developed by Luther Burbank.
Brad H. February 19, 2015
Congrats! We are in Germany right now and love the talk about spatzle. I just made some from scratch as well as apple strudel http://www.beyondsavory.com/apple-strudel/
I never thought dough could get so thin. These potatoes look amazing... you deserve the win!
inpatskitchen February 19, 2015
Congrats on your win! Love these!
Suzanne R. February 18, 2015
Congratulations on your delicious recipe! I probably LOVE just about ANY potatoes on earth! Had I known much sooner about the contest, I would have entered my family's favorite recipe. . . it would have blown every other potato recipe out of the water!
Margaret February 18, 2015
Yay!! I'm American, but my parents are both German and I've been meaning to make more German recipes. Can't wait to check out your blog!
Sippity S. February 18, 2015
Congrats!! GREG
Kat S. February 18, 2015
Thanks Greg! Your Brown Betty is on the menu for Friday!
gingerroot February 18, 2015
Congratulations! Your potatoes were devoured by my family on Valentine's day. We'll be making them again soon!
Bevi February 18, 2015
aargersi February 18, 2015
Congratulations! My husband is dying for me to make these - tonight may be the night
drbabs February 18, 2015