Winner of Your Best Recipe for Barbecued Meats

July 15, 2015

Congratulations to anka, whose Ribs with Black Currant Barbecue Sauce won the contest for Your Best Recipe for Barbecued Meats!

As the winner of this contest, featuring your best grilled meats, anka will receive a set of summer barbecue meats from our friends at Lone Mountain Wagyu!


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1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.

Growing up in Croatia with my parents and grandparents, everything was about food. If we weren't cooking, we were preparing; if we weren't preparing, we were talking about it. Our main course was lunch—lots of vegetable stews. For dinner, we had leftovers or something light like a big bowl of salad in the summer or, in the winter, baked potato halves with smoked meat and sauerkraut or polenta with milk or homemade yogurt.  


Every afternoon there was Turkish coffee for the adults and sweets for the kids, from apples baked with sugar and cinnamon, crêpes with homemade jams, fruit compote, strudels, or a simple šato (an egg custard beaten with sugar, chocolate, coffee, or brandy). But the best memory I have is of the house smelling of freshly baked bread. It was baked daily, and my brother and I believed it was treat when my mom had to buy loaf of bread in the store. Coming to Canada and living in Toronto, where there are nearly 200 ethnic groups and over 140 languages are spoken, was a big eye-opener for me. There is food that I didn't know existed, and my mission is to try some, if not all, of it. So, long story short, my whole life is connected to food.  

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." —Maya Angelou

2. What is your least favorite kitchen task?

My least favorite task is cleaning—not the dishes, as I like to do dishes as I cook—but cleaning up afterwards.

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?

My favorite tool is my chef's knife.


4. What is your idea of comfort food?

My comfort foods are homemade bread, cabbage rolls, pasta e fagioli, all vegetable stews (my grandfather used to say, "something with a spoon"), roasted potatoes, and apple strudel.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?

When firefighters decided to join me in making dandelion honey. Nobody was hurt, no serious damages, except my house smelled of smoke for a week.

Photo of ribs by Bobbi Lin; photos of salad and cabbage by James Ransom

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John December 21, 2015
What a great ribs for the barbecue. They look perfect. Yummy.
anka December 23, 2015
Thank you.
QueenSashy July 17, 2015
Anka, congratulations! Such an amazing recipe -- I was rooting for it from day one! I spent many summers in Croatia as a child, and your stories brought back many wonderful memories.
anka July 17, 2015
Thank you so much.If you try, let me know. I hope your memories are good as mine.
ChefJune July 16, 2015
Congratulations, anka! That black currant barbecue sauce has my mouth watering.
anka July 16, 2015
Thank you. I do hope you will give a try.
boulangere July 15, 2015
Your Croatian food stories are beautifully evocative. Warm congratulations, Anka.
anka July 16, 2015
Thank you very much, you are so kind.
bonheurcuisine July 15, 2015
anka July 15, 2015
Thank you.
anka July 15, 2015
To all of you who have tried, save, read and voted, thanks so much.
Kukla July 15, 2015
Congratulations Anka on your first win! Enjoy!
anka July 15, 2015
Thank you so happy!
sexyLAMBCHOPx July 15, 2015
well-deserved! congrats!
anka July 15, 2015
Thanks so much
inpatskitchen July 15, 2015
Congratulations Anka!
anka July 15, 2015
Thanks so much
AntoniaJames July 15, 2015
Congratulations, Anka! Those ribs look so good. I was honored to have my recipe as a co-finalist. Enjoy your Wagyu beef - and don't forget to report the prize on your federal and state tax return. ;o)
anka July 15, 2015
Thanks so much. I really appreciate it! About taxes we will see.
Bevi July 15, 2015
Congrats Anka!
anka July 15, 2015
Thank you so much