Editors' Picks — In the Raw

July  7, 2011

Raw Zucchini and Bottarga with Lemon and Daikon Dressing  Strawberry Coconut Soup for a Summer Brunch

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Sagegreen July 8, 2011
Wow! Great round up of recipes. If the oysters are still available would love to test those! Thanks for the ep nominations, too.
Sagegreen July 8, 2011
I see that lapadia volunteered for the oysters if they can be grilled. If not, I love oysters raw. Let us know.
lapadia July 8, 2011
"Hey Sagegreen!"... I am shouting out to you to GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE OYSTERS, it's been 18 hours and haven't heard back..hmmm, so since you will truly do them in the "raw", it is fine with me. I may still do them grilled though! :)
lapadia July 8, 2011
Okay, so it's official "raw" tester = Sagegreen, right?
hardlikearmour July 8, 2011
Not that my vote counts, but here's what I think. Sagegreen = official tester. Lapadia = make with grilled oysters, and put your notes in a comment for others who prefer cooked to raw!
lapadia July 8, 2011
"Right on!" HLA :)
lorigoldsby July 7, 2011
Congrats all on the EP's! I'm swamped this week helping out at the barn feeding 50 hungry riders at camp but I will definitely be testing a lot of these!
fiveandspice July 7, 2011
Thanks for the EP! Sorry I missed out on the dibs-ing - I hate all-day meetings on Tuesdays! I would take the oysters, except oysters are the one food in the world I really can't stomach. :( Congrats on all the amazing looking entries.
gingerroot July 7, 2011
Many thanks for the EPs! Congrats to all the EPs and EP candidates! This was such a fun contest filled with so many fabulous interpretations of "in the raw." I think I could eat from these entries for the rest of the summer!
nogaga July 7, 2011
I'll take the zucchini and bottarga!
Thanks for the EP!! I'm really excited that you also used my photo - food photography is something I'm really working on right now!
Food52 July 7, 2011
The two great recipes still up for dibs are: Raw Zucchini and Bottarga with Lemon and Daikon Dressing and Oysters with a Champagne Cucumber Mignonette
lapadia July 7, 2011
If the oysters can be grilled a bit before "slurping" I would take this one, if it is still available?
lapadia July 7, 2011
Let me know :)
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
I'll try the Heirloom Gazpacho, please!
wssmom July 7, 2011
No frills beef carpaccio, please, and congrats to all eps and ep candidates and finalists! :)
JoanG July 7, 2011
I'll be happy to test the Raw Cauliflower and Raisins salad!
sexyLAMBCHOPx July 7, 2011
Smashed Peas and Fava Beans with Fresh Mozzarella, if available.
Food52 July 7, 2011
Yes, it's yours.
MGrace July 7, 2011
I'll try summer Thai inspired salad
Food52 July 7, 2011
Still up for dibs are: Raw Cauliflower and Raisins Salad; Summer Thai Inspired Salad; Heirloom Gazpacho, Deconstructed; Oysters with a Champagne Cucumber Mignonette; Raw Zucchini and Bottarga with Lemon and Daikon Dressing; Smashed Peas and Fava Beans with Fresh Mozzarella; and No Frills Beef Carpaccio
BlueKaleRoad July 7, 2011
Ceviche Dressed in Green, please!
AntoniaJames July 7, 2011
I'll gladly test the Melon Mango Slaw with Lime and Ginger, please. Thanks so much. ;o)
Thanks for testing this AJ! I hope you like it - please let me know if you have any questions on it!
AntoniaJames July 7, 2011
Will be making it tomorrow morning, to eat at lunch time. The recipe is clear as can be. Also, I really appreciate that the chili is optional. Can't wait to try it. I know it's going to be outstanding. ;o)
Yes, the chili is totally optional!
duclosbe1 July 7, 2011
I'll test the pink pepper macerated strawberries!
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
Thanks for giving this a whirl! I hope you like it as much as I do.
AntoniaJames July 7, 2011
I'm going to make some, too!! ;o)
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
Yay! Do let me know what you think, AJ.
duclosbe1 July 7, 2011
I've been dying to try pepper with strawberries. This sounds perfect!
lapadia July 7, 2011
I haven't found pink peppercorns in my little town, since the local Gourmet Essentials store went out of business, I am having to really search and/or plan a trip to Seattle for special items. But, for this recipe... our strawberries are just starting to get ripe, so I have some time to play with :)
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
I find the pink pepper milder and fruitier than black. I will seriously sometimes nibble on the berries because I like them so much. I've had good luck ordering spices from World Spice Merchants out of Seattle as another option. They've got a great assortment of unusual spices and sell in small quantities.
AntoniaJames July 7, 2011
lapadia, please send me your address via the messaging system (through my profile) and I'll send you a packet in an envelope! We can get them easily and dirt cheap on the spice racks (little cellophane packets, packaged and distributed locally) in any independent market here. I'll pop some in the mail tomorrow!! ;o)
AntoniaJames July 7, 2011
HLA, have a batch of these underway already. Salivating as I wait, patiently . . . . . ;o)
lapadia July 7, 2011
@HLA – I have a planned Seattle trip to William Sonoma the end of this month, can check it out there too!
@AJ – so kind of you, it will be here b4 my Seattle trip! Will message you :)
OH!! BTW – as AJ so elegantly stated in her Q&A “I love you all, too, love the camaraderie!”
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
@ lapadia - I wish I'd thought to offer to send them to you! AJ is wonderful for sure. @ AJ - I hope you enjoy them!
BlueKaleRoad July 7, 2011
@lapadia-When you are in Seattle be sure to pop into Penzey's Spice, as well (near Pike Place Mkt). I used to mail order spices from them and they opened a shop here last Oct. It's terrific! Happy to meet up with you, too.
lapadia July 8, 2011
@HLA - :) :)
@BKR - I order from Penzy's (now & then), wow, last I checked the nearest store was in Oregon, it is great to know about the one in Seattle! Let's talk about a meet up, will message you...
duclosbe1 July 8, 2011
I have the pink peppercorns from Penzey's--I made a special pit stop to a Penzey's store on a recent trip home to Wisconsin. I haven't used them yet, though, so I will soon discover how yummy they are!
em-i-lis July 7, 2011
I'll take the crispy carrot and radish slaw.
totalnoms July 7, 2011
Wow thank you Food52 and em-i-lis! I hope you enjoy :)
Hilarybee July 7, 2011
I'll take the Radish Toasts with Lemon Basil Butter! Yum! Can't wait
BlueKaleRoad July 7, 2011
Thank you for testing, Hilarybee! I hope you enjoy.
Marcal July 7, 2011
I'll take the blood plum sherbert
dymnyno July 7, 2011
Summer Presents, please
Food52 July 7, 2011
Sorry that one is already taken.