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Winner of Your Best Carrot Recipe

By • March 16, 2011 • 13 Comments

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Congratulations to Reeve, whose Roasted Carrot Soup won this week's contest for Your Best Carrot Recipeearning him a handsome de Buyer Deluxe Dicing Mandoline from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!


Reeve  Soup

Q&A with Reeve

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • When I was a kid, we used to get fresh corn from my grandfather’s garden.  It was always delicious. My parents used to grow tomatoes in their back yard, and since I grew up in Southern California there has always been fresh citrus around. Having fresh ingredients has definitely influenced me. I try to cook things that I buy at the farmers market or things that I grow in my bucket garden (see below).

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Miracle Whip.

  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • Recently I’ve been messing around with making my own pasta. I’m still working on the recipe, but I got a batch that was pretty good. I boiled the pasta and made a fresh tomato sauce with calamari rings, basil, and grated Parmesan. I fried the calamari tentacles and served them on top. That was very tasty dish, and I’m definitely getting better at making pasta. 

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • I tried to make brownies from memory one night. It turned into something resembling a burnt hockey puck and that tasted even worse. I can cook without a recipe, but I can’t bake unless I have a guide.

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  •  I love mac & cheese, but ultimately I have to go with “Toad in the Hole”, which is Yorkshire pudding baked with whole sausages, covered in gravy.

  • Apron or no apron?
  • No apron.

  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • I really like the scene in Real Geniuses where they use a laser to heat popcorn, in turn blowing up a house. I also like the giant cookie in Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • I would love to have a discussion with Archimedes, but I’m not sure I could have dinner with a man in a bathtub.

  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • Definitely depends on my mood. I love to cook with people, because you can learn so much. My best friend is Argentinean and has some incredible home recipes. I cook with my girlfriend all the time, she’s a good cook, but I can’t even compare myself to her cocktail-making abilities. I also like to just experiment with a recipe by myself, it’s easier to remember what you did. So overall it depends what I’m cooking and who I’m cooking it for.

  • When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a. clean as you cook, b. do all the dishes once you've finished cooking, c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean.
  • A -- I try, but normally it ends up with B.

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Comments (13)


over 3 years ago deanna1001

Looks great! I'm still laughing after reading you actually consider Miracle Whip to be food! Envy the bucket garden...


over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I have this recipe already saved for this weekend. Great to 'meet' you and many congratulations


over 3 years ago Marnely

Congrats, the soup looks delicious! Must try :)


over 3 years ago wssmom

Way to go!!!


over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

congratulations Reeve. Look forward to making your soup.


over 3 years ago Midge

Congrats on a beautiful recipe.


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

congratulations, Reeve!


over 3 years ago bvrlybest

Congrats. I made your recipe the other night and it rocks. I have a bucket garden on my deck as well. Lots of herbs and salad greens and am trying lava beans for the first time.


over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

So nice to see such talented guys giving the girls a run for their money - bring it! Looking forward to many, many more men getting their food on @food52


over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner



over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

How wonderful for you! Your garden looks a lot like mine.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

congratulations! and i totally agree about the giant cookie from HISTK- i was just daydreaming about it the other day! is that sad? :/


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats, Reeve! Nice to meet you. Love your bucket garden.