Winner of Your Best Recipe with Vinegar

May 15, 2013

Congratulations to Kukla, whose Shalotta, Mom's Pickled Lettuce Condiment won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Vinegar!


1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I was born and raised in a place called Bessarabia, where people of many different nationalities and cultures lived together for centuries. There were Russians, Ukrainians, Moldavians, Romanians, Germans, Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, and each nationality brought something different to the local cuisine. Most of the people in Bessarabia spoke at least three languages. Over many centuries, the cooking traditions of these cultures mixed and evolved into a rich cuisine unique to the region. All of the women I grew up with mastered the art of cooking and hospitality, and shared their knowledge and recipes with me. I’ve brought my love, interest for food, and native cuisine to America, which I enjoy sharing with others.   

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2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Shredding vegetables on a box grater.

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?
My mini food processor and a very old paring knife with sharp serrated edges, which I use more than any other knife for cutting, slicing, chopping, mincing, and dicing.

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
I love dips and spreads; they are perfect for both parties and just snacking from the jar any time of the day or night, or for spreading on a piece of toasted bread. Also, salads with everything but the kitchen sink are a comfort food for me.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Aside from occasional small oven burns on my poor piano hands and fingers, I’ve been lucky not to have any recent major kitchen disasters.

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EmilyC May 18, 2013
Congrats on your win, Kukla! What a unique, special recipe!
Kukla May 18, 2013
Thank you Emily so much!!
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 17, 2013
Great recipe. I love it with iceberg lettuce. I've had it as a salad and layered on a chicken cutlet sandwich. I add whatever veggies I have in the fridge as well - cabbage (usually red) and carrots.
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 17, 2013
I used Splenda, btw. Worked out fine!
Bevi May 16, 2013
Congratulations Kukla! I look forward to making this dish.
Kukla May 16, 2013
Thank you Bevi! I would love your opinion!
healthierkitchen May 16, 2013
Congratulations, Kukla! The shalotta sounds wonderful. What a beautiful kitchen!
Kukla May 16, 2013
Thank you healthierkitchen! Shalotta is tasty,but the kitchen isn't mine. This photo was taking at my nieces Baby Shower last Saturday and the new beautiful kitchen is hers.
susan G. May 16, 2013
Kukla, you've brought so much wonderful food to food52, and taught us so much from your stories. Thank you!
Kukla May 16, 2013
Thank you so much susan g for your warm and kind words!
fiveandspice May 16, 2013
Congratulations Kukla! I'm sure your pickles will be a staple all summer here.
Kukla May 16, 2013
Thank you, thank you Emily; hope you’ll give it a try too!
Madhuja May 16, 2013
Congratulations, Kukla! This looks so good!
Kukla May 16, 2013
Thank you Madhuja! It taste good too.
lapadia May 15, 2013
Congratulations, Kukla!!!
Kukla May 15, 2013
Thanks a lot Linda!!!
indieculinary May 15, 2013
Congrats! Can't wait to make this.
Kukla May 15, 2013
Hope you'll like this condiment, and thanks for the greeting!!
Kukla May 15, 2013
Thank you all for your kind congratulations! Special thanks to the editors and testers for their reviews; Mr. James Ransom and Food52 for the beautiful photos and everybody who voted and congratulated me!!! You guys are the best!!!
Now I am off to shop for groceries; we will have a graduation party for my granddaughter Rutty on Friday, May, 17 teens.
QueenSashy May 15, 2013
Congratulations, such a wonderful dish!!!
em-i-lis May 15, 2013
Congratulations, Kukla!!!
aargersi May 15, 2013
Congratulations Kukla! I loved this recipe the moment I saw it - so glad it is getting the recognition it deserves!
hardlikearmour May 15, 2013
mrslarkin May 15, 2013
congrats Kukla!
Midge May 15, 2013
Yay Kukla!
drbabs May 15, 2013
Congratulations, kukla!