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Winner of Your Best Recipe with Fresh Ricotta

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Congratulations to SML Office, whose Louisa's Cake won this week's contest for Your Best Recipe with Fresh Ricottaearning her a handsome Provence Hand Painted Serving Bowl from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!




Q&A with SML Office

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • That is such a great question and I wish I had a definite answer because baking and cooking started very, very early for me. Like my son, I believe it was age 4. And I remember obsessing over and organizing recipes in the second grade. But where it came from is a mystery. I remember seeing the Julia Child parody on SNL in the 70s and feeling bad for her, thinking that I felt the same attachment to the kitchen and wondering why people mocked her attention to detail and enthusiasm.

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Coconut

  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • Eggplant Parmigiana. It's all about The Aubergine these days for some reason. Mostly grilling it with a brush stroke of olive oil and sea salt at the end.

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • Every buttercream for the kid's birthday cakes has ended in disaster. Without fail, year after year.

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Spaghetti Bolognese with Coca-Cola in a glass bottle.

  • Apron or no apron?
  • Apron!

  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton), eating a plate of prawns in I am Love.

  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • I would have my brother with me in a mountain chalet while it's snowing like mad and I'm making him the perfect Swiss fondue. He loved cheese more than anyone.

  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • C. It depends on my mood

  • 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.
  • The answer used to be C. but now after living in Switzerland it's become A. cleaning as I cook.


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