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We're excited to announce that October's Hotline MVP is Niknud!
Niknud is always cheerful and helpful over on the Hotline and is exactly the type of person you want by your side when a cooking conundrum arises. She’s up for talking about everything from pie crusts to what makes a good cook and she has ideas for using all sorts of ingredients, like canned pumpkin, dill, and pork loin.
She’s also got a great sense of humor, as seen in her author notes for this creatively-named recipe: "...if you are sad or sick or grumpy, lots of dirty dishes can make you sadder or sicker or grumpier (that's a well-known scientific fact)." And she lives by important cooking principles: 1) It is imperative to be very clear when talking to your fish monger (4 pounds of baby octopodes is very different from a 4-pound octopus), 2) Excess sweet things—pancakes, waffles, cookies—can all be turned into sandwiches thanks to the peanut butter rule, and 3) Asian vegetable cleavers are good for intimidating children and butternut squashes.
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 our Shop. 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