Editors' Picks -- Week 45

April 29, 2010


Any food52 member is welcome to help us test our Editors' Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test in the comments section below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix. Don't forget to email us your notes (about 100 words) to [email protected] by next Tuesday at 5pm.

We'll collect your comments, decide the official list of Editors' Picks and publish your evaluation in the headnote if the recipe is selected as an Editors' Pick (with credit, of course!). And even if the recipe you test isn't chosen as an Editors' Pick, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!



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We've also added some incentives to reward your hard work and make things interesting. The three people who test the most Editors' Picks candidates by June 1, 2010 will be entered in a drawing to win one of these fabulous prizes:

  • 1. A weekend stay on a small-scale working family farm with Feather Down Farm Days
  • 2. A snazzy food52 tote from L.L. Bean
  • 3. Three selections from Rick's Picks' line of delicious pickled goods


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Savorykitchen April 30, 2010
I'll take the Ruirita if it's still open for the testing.
Food52 April 30, 2010
Savorykitchen April 30, 2010
Cheers then !
Jennifer A. April 30, 2010
It looks like the Malva Pudding is available to test? I am very intrigued by this recipe and would love to give it a go.
sticksnscones April 30, 2010
I will try both the fried mush and the Aviatrix. It will be a good excuse to try my newly purchased Creme de violette.
Food52 April 30, 2010
Hi sticksnscones (great user name, by the way!) -- those 2 recipes already have their 'official' testers, but if you do make them, please feel free to post your notes in the recipes' comments sections. There's one recipe that still needs a tester: the intriguing cocktail Ruirita.
maryvelasquez April 30, 2010
I will make the aviatrix. Lastnightsdinner, how hard will it be to find lemon bitters and creme de violette in the Boston area?
MrsWheelbarrow April 30, 2010
FYI I've had a regular Friday afternoon meet up with the Aviatrix for the last month or so. Delicious. Found creme de violette at my regular little liquor store. The lemon bitters were a little harder to locate, so I used regular bitters until my mail order arrived.
lastnightsdinner April 30, 2010
I know Brix carries the creme de violette - I believe Cirace's in the North End does too. You might try The Boston Shaker in Somerville for the bitters. I know Brix carries some of the Fee Brothers line, but I think Adam has a wider selection at his shop. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!
Midge April 30, 2010
I've noticed that Blanchard's in JP carries Fee Brothers, if you happen to live in my neck of the woods. Apologies if I missed any previous discussion of a Boston get-together, but anyone interested? Not sure how to go about finding more of us on food52..
lastnightsdinner April 30, 2010
I'm in Providence but I'd love to come up for a Boston-area get-together!
maryvelasquez April 30, 2010
Thanks, everyone. I got my hands on all of the ingredients. Can't wait to taste!
Midge May 2, 2010
great, lastnightsdinner. Maybe we can generate some interest from other local food52ers.
monkeymom April 29, 2010
I just wanted to say thanks for the cool mom's day theme and to all who shared stories about their moms, grandmothers, and aunties. It was amazing to hear about and catch a glimpse of all of the diverse and amazing women out there. I am SO looking forward to trying out many of these recipes!
summar A. April 29, 2010
is it too late to do the peach pie?
Food52 April 30, 2010
Hi summar ann! It looks like the peach pie is already being tested by Amber Olson -- for now we're sticking with 1 official tester per recipe. But if you do make it, please feel free to leave your notes in the recipe's comments section. There is one recipe left that needs testing -- the Ruirita (and the author, adashofbitters, really knows his cocktails).
summar A. April 30, 2010
thanks. im new so i wasnt sure how this works. im not able to do a cocktail but perhaps i will try again another time. :-}
Food52 April 30, 2010
Please do! We post Editors' Pick candidates on Thursday afternoons.
drbabs April 29, 2010
I have a juicer so i'll make the fresh cucumber foretaste.
Arathi April 29, 2010
I'll test the blueberry steam dumplings if they're still up for grabs..
Amber O. April 29, 2010
Four Generation Peach Pie since I have luscious peaches in my freezer from 2009 harvest! so excited!!!
mariaraynal April 29, 2010
I'll try the Watermelon Mojito
mrslarkin April 29, 2010
What's left?
Food52 April 29, 2010
Still up for grabs: Four Generation Peach Pie; Malva Pudding; Blueberry Steam Dumplings; Watermelon Mojito; Fresh Cucumber Foretaste; Ruirita; The Aviatrix
drbabs April 29, 2010
Oh, and Amanda and Merrill--thanks so much for the Editors' Pick on the Fizzy Fruiy Refresher!
My daughter got a very big kick out of it. (She is moving into her very own apratment in Manhattan this weekend and I am hoping to inspire her to start cooking.)
Kayb April 29, 2010
May I have the tomato pie? I'll even make two, as my track record with homemade pie crust is not of the greatest....
Kayb April 29, 2010
That would be Nonnie's Tomato Pie...
dymnyno April 29, 2010
I will happily make Violette Spinach Filo
drbabs April 29, 2010
We really do have the same taste in food. I'm going to make it, too (was planning to, anyway; my good friend's mother died yesterday and I have been looking through the "mom" recipes to find things to bring to her house next week. Am also planning to make Mrs. Wheelbarrow's tomato pudding.) I'll put my comments in the comments section. It will take the pressure off to not have to make it by the deadline.
MrsWheelbarrow April 30, 2010
please let me know what you think of the tomato pudding. since putting the recipe up here, i've made it twice. and ate most of it myself.
Lizthechef April 29, 2010
Thank you for the EP re my mother's wet bottom shoofly pie - today is my birthday and you have just given me the best present ever!!
Lizthechef April 29, 2010
ps. I'll be happy to test Tomato Pudding...
mrslarkin April 29, 2010
Happy Birthday Liz!
nannydeb April 29, 2010
I'll try the Fried Mush on Sunday morning. Sounds like my kinda make ahead dish.
MrsWheelbarrow April 29, 2010
Always happy for a reason to eat Potato Latkes, I'd be delighted to test 'em.
Midge April 29, 2010
I've got loads of mint and would love to put it use in Minty Iced Tea if no one has claimed it..
AntoniaJames April 29, 2010
I'll take the Cucumber Lime Cocktail, then. Three of my summer favorites . . . cucumbers, gin and lime . . . all in one glass! Hooray!! ;o)
LC's K. April 29, 2010
I will try Bette's Best...A Sour Cream Coffee Cake just in time for my birthday, with fresh strawberry sauce.
Rivka April 29, 2010
happy birthday!
AntoniaJames April 29, 2010
Great! Be sure to sprinkle sugar on the strawberries well in advance of making the sauce. It will set the fruit so that it holds its shape and retains its color. I did that for the strawberries I served with Bette's Best at the Bay Area potluck last Saturday. The leftover cut strawberries were still gorgeous -- bright red and firm -- on Monday evening. (This trick is useful in preserving any soft fruit, by the way.) Have a nice birthday!! ;o)