Winner of Your Best Recipe with Noodles

March 18, 2015

Congratulations to aargersi, whose Smoked Tea Duck Noodles won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Noodles

We partnered with Kikkoman to bring you the latest contest -- and to award the winner a $1,000 cash prize!

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1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.  
I grew up in California, then New Mexico, then Rhode Island, and finally Texas (I use the term “grew up” incredibly loosely -- I should say “grew older”). Living in places with such different regional cuisines really informed my palate and gave me different ideas for what to cook, eat, and mash up. We love to travel, and everywhere we go, the first stop is the local market -- I am always on the lookout for something to try or taste or learn from. My souvenirs are usually food.

2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?  
Making tossed green salad. I don't know why because I am happy to make a different kind of salad or a composed salad. It sucks and is also hilarious because we eat a tossed green salad every night, so every night we play a round of “Whose turn is it to make the salad?” I ask for “get out of salad” coupons for Christmas, but I rarely get them. If you ever stay with us and ask what you can do to help well, don't ask -- just make the damn salad.

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?  
My salad spinner -- bwahahahahahaha. I can't pick a favorite, the other ninety-seven billion would get their feelings hurt. (It's my bowls. I love my bowls.)

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
That depends. Tired and cranky? Pasta with red sauce. Tired and hungover? Vietnamese hot and sour chicken soup delivered from HaoHao. Feeling like I need to give my poor system a break? Brown rice and some sort of spicy veggies and tofu. Long day at the pool? Anything grilled.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?  
I haven't had any really bad ones lately -- all fingers intact, all burns healed. I did have a misstep making a red velvet cake recently (natural dye that was not red; not enough icing; crooked cake), but it led to my crushed velvet cake, which I think is pretty great, and the neighbor kids ate the mistake and cared not one whit that it was ugly.

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Midge March 27, 2015
Big congrats Abbie!
EmilyC March 19, 2015
Congrats Abbie!
Aliwaks March 19, 2015
YAY ABBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thea279 March 19, 2015
Congrats! Germany voted for you as well! :-D
drbabs March 18, 2015
I'm so happy for you, my friend!
Madhuja March 18, 2015
Congratulations, Abbie! So well deserved! :)
Kukla March 18, 2015
Congratulations on the win, Abbie!!
savorthis March 18, 2015
Yay Abbie!
ChefJune March 18, 2015
Congratulations Abbie. I'll come make your salads. I love to do that!
gingerroot March 18, 2015
Congratulations, Abbie!!! Even though it is also my least favorite task, I'm all over the salad, no questions asked.
JorPet March 18, 2015
Congratulations Abbie! Now to find some duck legs and some of that tea.
inpatskitchen March 18, 2015
Congratulations Abbie!! I'll be glad to make the salad in your kitchen!
nannydeb March 18, 2015
Congrats Abbie!
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 18, 2015
Great win - congrats!
hardlikearmour March 18, 2015
Congratulations, Abbie! "Long day at the pool" must be such a chore :-)
aargersi March 18, 2015
It's a tough deal but someone has to do it ...
Cristina S. March 18, 2015
Congrats, Abbie! I loved reading this.
Alexandra V. March 18, 2015
Congratulations......sad face for me.
aargersi March 18, 2015
But you still made an amazing dish and should be super proud!
Alexandra V. March 18, 2015
haha! Yeah, the prize money made this second loss a bit more painful. I am devoid of pride at the moment. But cheers to you.