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kaykay  Absurdley Addictive Asparagus

Absurdly Addictive Asparagus -- the brainchild of kaykay, the cook in our spotlight this week -- is hands down one of the most popular recipes on food52. Why? Because it is an absurdly addictive and healthy dish -- they exist, they really do! Not surprisingly, kaykay is also the mastermind of many other potential addictions -- we could see it becoming difficult to deny one of her Chocolate Dipped Almond Hazelnut Macaroons, Ricotta Loukamades with Thyme Honey and Walnuts, or even one last slice of Flatbread with Ricotta, Radicchio, and Pancetta Dressing

A San Francisco-based creative director and mother of two, kaykay produces recipes pumped with personality. "I love cooking because you don't have to follow the rules," she says on her profile page. "I have dessert after breakfast, lunch, and dinner." When asked about her least favorite food, she asserts in her Winners' Q&A: "organs are best donated, not eaten." Please pass the Upside Down Bread Pudding with Caramelized Pears and Brandied Custard Sauce, thank you very much. Absurd? Sure. Addictive? Oh yeah. To a menu by kaykay, we throw up our hands and relish in her ability to make life as delectably irresistible as possible. 

See kaykay's profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Whale. During a trip to Japan, a few friends and I ventured into a restaurant that specialized in whale. Because it's a mammal, the meat is oddly like beef in texture and color, yet very fishy in taste and smell. 

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Honestly? Leftovers.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Built-in instant hot water dispenser (I drink tea all day long)

  • Your ideal meal:
    Anything with prawns

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I'd like to try a Michelin 3-star restaurant like El Bulli

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Right now, 4. When it comes to wine, we don't collect, we consume.

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Overcooked fish