Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Recipe with Mustard

By • April 2, 2014 • 21 Comments

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Congratulations to ChefJune, whose Mussels Dijonnaise (Steamed Mussels with Mustard Sauce) won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Mustard!

Mussels Dijonnaise (Steamed Mussels with Mustard)

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
When I was 10 and a new Girl Scout, I decided I wanted to get my Farmer Badge. This wouldn't have seemed strange, but I lived in Chicago! I did have several aunts and uncles who had farms in Central Illinois, where I often vacationed, so Aunt June and Uncle Lester took me on to do the badge work that summer. The exercise that impressed me most (to this day) was killing a chicken, preparing it for cooking, frying it up, and serving it. 

Dressed in an oversized slicker, I went out to the chicken coop and reined in a hen with a crook. With my uncle's arms around me, I swung the chicken with one hand and the axe with the other. Beginner's luck -- we hit it on the first try. I realized later that experiences I had on the farm gave me an understanding of where my food came that was different from that of other city kids who didn't have similar opportunities. I am forever grateful.

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Cleaning the stove. But it's got to be done!

Your favorite kitchen tool?
It's a tie. I reach for my Wusthof chef's knife (10-inch) without thinking -- but also my Cuisinart food processor, because it is such a time and energy saver.

What is your idea of comfort food?
My ultimate comfort food is chicken soup with matzo balls, but pretty much any food I grew up with and loved would qualify -- like spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes, and chicken salad sandwiches.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I really don't recall too many of those, but just recently, I made dymnyno's wonderful Sicilian Blood Orange Marmalade. As I was ladling the hot jam into jars, one of them slipped off the counter and crashed onto the tile floor. What a mess! Even worse than having to clean it up was that I lost a precious jar of marmalade. 

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

This looks exquisite! Congrats!

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6 months ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

What a beautiful dish! Congratulations!

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6 months ago lakelurelady

Congratulations ChefJune! I learned to love mussels when we visited Brittany last summer. Your recipe is wonderful.

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6 months ago Chef Elle

So amazing June!

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6 months ago LE BEC FIN

Bizou, june, you go girl!

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6 months ago Toni Tipton Martin

What a wonderful and much-deserved award, June. I am so happy for you!

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6 months ago EmilyC

Congrats on your win, ChefJune!

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6 months ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

Congratulations ChefJune. Great recipe which you be sure I will try.

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6 months ago mcs3000

BIG congrats!

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6 months ago divasparkle

Well deserved win - congratulations!! Love the sound of your recipe : )

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6 months ago Jean Denham

Way to go Chef June - now, I must try the recipe!! Congrats!

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6 months ago inpatskitchen

Warmest congratulations!! Mussels are the best!

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6 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, this is so thrilling! And the best part is all your congratulations. Thank you so much!!!

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6 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hurrah! Congratulations!

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6 months ago QueenSashy

A huge congrats Chef June!!! So well deserved!

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6 months ago healthierkitchen

Congrats, Chef June! A classic!

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6 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Chef June! I love your recipe.

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6 months ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

yahooooo! congrats, June!

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6 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Chef June! Congratulations! I'm so happy you won!

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6 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love it! I'm so glad this recipe won. Reading your Q&A confirms that you are a woman after my own heart: I also could not live without my ten (it's gotta be ten) inch chef knife -- mine's not a Wusthof, but comparable -- or my Cuisinart food processor. Congratulations, ChefJune! ;o)