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TheRunawaySpoon  Poached Peaches with Basil

You can run. You can hide. But -- that's right -- you can't escape our love. TheRunawaySpoon is one of food52's winningest cooks: like only someone raised in a community who cooks could be. No stranger to the merits of crowd-sourced recipes, she writes in one Winners' Q&A, "I had this cookbook from a Junior League in South Carolina [growing up] that came with colored metal measuring cups and spoons. The drawings in the book showed you when to use 1 red cup, or 1 green tablespoon. I cooked for my family from that book -- I still use some of the recipes. It is one of my most treasured possessions."

From her Peaches Poached with Basil to her Pastitsio, this cook dials in winners like a quick phone call home. Her style in the kitchen is at once delicately nuanced and homey with a tall dose of Southern flavor: we're talking hearty Rhubarb Crumb Cake on the one hand and subtle Rhubarb Vanilla Jam on the other (can you imagine these together? A match made in rhubarb heaven.)

As her food52 name suggests, TheRunawaySpoon is not short on whimsy. When asked what famous person she would most like to cook for and share a meal with, she responds, "Calvin Trillin -- I could cook up a good Southern meal, and maybe show the Kansas City boy what real Memphis barbecue is. Plus, we could talk food and maybe he could entertain me while I cook by speaking in rhyme!" Presumably, there would be Pimento Cheese Biscuits and Savory Sausage Breakfast Cake for her special guest at breakfast. 

We would expect no less entertaining a plan from the winner of Your Best Open House Dish. TheRunawaySpoon, are your coffee tables dotted with plates piled high with Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries? Well, we sure hope so -- now there's a cookie for which a cow would almost definitely jump over the moon.

Fig and Blue Cheese Savories  Pastitsio


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over 4 years ago lmagness

Da Spoon is da Bomb !!!! Way to go and keep on cookin'!

Thanks food 52 for featuring our favorite.


over 4 years ago Midge

Great to see you spotlighted, trs! I've had my eye on your pimento cheese biscuits.


over 4 years ago Panfusine

congratulations on the spotlight!


over 4 years ago lorigoldsby

congrats and keep up the whimsy...--we love your headnotes and they inspire us!


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay runawayspoon! I adore your recipes. I know I can always expect something tasty from you!


over 4 years ago wssmom

This is great!!


over 4 years ago lmacfgreen

Wonderful choice by Food 52! These recipes are do again, and again, and again, and it's so much fun to read! Well deserved, Runaway Spoon!!! (and by the way, keep it up!) BonBon


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hooray RunawaySpoon! So nice to see you in the spotlight. LOVE your recipes!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats, RunawaySpoon. Your recipes are always delightful!


over 4 years ago betteirene

Forget Calvin Who?. . .I'd rather dine with you. Such fun! Such knowledge!


over 4 years ago TheRunawaySpoon

Well, bless y'all's hearts! I love Food52, and the wonderful sense of oimmunity!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you in the spotlight! Your recipes are as wonderful as you are fun. I would like to dine with you!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Such a lovely tribute to you! Please save a spot at the table with Calvin for me.


over 4 years ago TiggyBee

Yay!! I just love your recipes, RunawaySpoon! Those little savories are brilliant!! Congrats!


over 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations RunawaySpoon!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Looove your pastitsio, Runaway Spoon! Great to see you here!


over 4 years ago gingerroot

So great to see in in the spotlight, Runaway Spoon! I survived the hustle of the holiday season with your amazing savouries...I totally agree with hardlikearmour, they are heavenly little bites! Congratulations!


over 4 years ago gingerroot

"So great to see YOU in the..." (apologies...)


over 4 years ago debbiek

Woo hoo, go RunawaySpoon!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Those fig savouries are heaven in a tiny little bite. Congrats on a very well-deserved spotlight!


over 4 years ago SKK

Love your recipes and your spirit! Congratulations. Thinking of you all in Memphis right now with the Mississippi running so high.


over 4 years ago Bevi

Your peaches and your savouries are two of my favorite food52 recipes!


over 4 years ago phyllis

Well deserved spotlight!! Congratulations!!! I, too, would love to dine with Calvin Trillin!!!