Your Best Retro Recipe With A Modern Twist: And The Winner Is...

When Caesar meets Green Goddess, the result is a mouthwateringly delicious umami-laden salad.

July  9, 2021
Photo by Julia Gartland

When we picked our latest contest theme Your Best Retro Recipe With a Modern Twist, we were looking for some creative and delicious, modern twists to the retro recipes of years gone by. From salads suspended in jellies to elevated or globally influenced classics, we cooked and ate our way through a dozen intriguing finalists.

With so many delicious recipes to choose from, it wasn't an easy choice, but we narrowed it down to two: Mrs. Larkin's Caesar and the Goddess, a delightful, modern update of the iconic salad, packed with vibrant flavor, and Dan Carberg's Far East of Chicken Kiev, a deeply aromatic dish with a creative compound butter.

Picking a winner is never an easy task, especially with two amazing and delicious recipes, but thanks to our awesome community and a huge outpouring of votes, we have chosen a winner. Cue the drumroll....

Your Best Retro Recipe with a Modern Twist

Liz Larkin's Caesar and the Goddess

Congratulations Liz, your salad was unanimously loved by all. We also want to congratulate the runner-up, Dan, your recipe was delicious and we highly recommend it. Liz Larkin is a longtime Food52 Community member and has won more than a few contests—we can always depend on the Scone Lady of Pound Ridge to dazzle us with a delicious recipe.

Liz Larkin and her Mother Photo by Liz Larkin


What is your least favorite food? Cold overnight oatmeal. It's all kinds of wrong.

Join The Conversation

Top Comment:
“Congrats Liz! The contest is back full throttle, thanks to great recipes and a great team of community judges!”
— Bevi

What is the best thing you've made so far this year? Sourdough pizza. It's pretty epic.

Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster. I've had so many, I can't keep track. Just last week I dropped a cookie sheet on my toe and fractured it.

What is your idea of comfort food? Macaroni and cheese.

Apron or no apron? Apron. Always.

What is your favorite food-related scene in a movie? The dinner scene at Tommy's mom's house in Goodfellas. Or when Michael Corleone goes to dinner with Sollozzo and McCluskey in The Godfather.

Who is someone you would love to cook for and why? Stanley Tucci, because he would make the best cocktails.

We hope you have had a chance to make Liz's delicious salad! You can congratulate her and our runner-up Dan in the comment section.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • cookinginvictoria
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I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando. I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.


cookinginvictoria July 19, 2021
Congrats Liz! So great to see you in the winner’s circle again. I look forward to trying this recipe — looks so delicious!
boulangere July 14, 2021
Three cheers for one of the “old guard!”
drbabs July 13, 2021
Congratulations, Liz!
Lindsay-Jean H. July 12, 2021
Congrats Liz! (Hope that toe is feeling better!)
creamtea July 12, 2021
Congrats to Liz and runner up Dan! Also to the editors for coming up with a fun topic!
sdebrango July 12, 2021
Awesome recipe Liz, congratulations!!
gideon B. July 10, 2021
congrats to the winners.
mrslarkin July 12, 2021
Bevi July 10, 2021
Congrats Liz! The contest is back full throttle, thanks to great recipes and a great team of community judges!
mrslarkin July 12, 2021
Thanks Bevi!
meganvt01 July 9, 2021
Congrats Liz!
mrslarkin July 12, 2021
Thanks Megan!
AntoniaJames July 9, 2021
Liz, congratulations! Nicely done. ;o).

P.S. Love the photo of you and your mother.
mrslarkin July 12, 2021
Thanks AJ!