Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Street Food

By • June 22, 2011 • 56 Comments

Congratulations to Midge, whose Okonomiyaki won this week's contest for Your Best Street Foodearning her big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!

Midge  Okonomiyaki

Q&A with Midge

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • When I was growing up, we always had some kind of homemade baked good on hand – coffee cake and hermits were big – which I completely took for granted. I preferred the Hohos/Twinkies/SuzyQs that most of my classmates had in their lunches. (It may have something to do with my mom constantly reminding us that she “didn’t believe in junk food.”) So I regularly swapped my homey wax paper-wrapped treats for whatever the other kids were peddling. It eventually dawned on me why my mom’s cakes, etc. were such a hot commodity and by then it didn’t take me long to get the baking bug myself.

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Calves’ liver is right up there.

  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • This is really simple but I was lucky enough to find troves of fiddleheads and ramps when I was in northern Vermont last month. I sautéed them together in brown butter and wow, they tasted so bright and earthy, like spring itself.

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • There are many, but my first big snafu was my attempt to make Thanksgiving dinner for a boyfriend in college when the extent of my cooking repertoire was gussying up instant ramen noodles. I must’ve called home a dozen times and my family still makes fun of me for asking which end of the turkey to stuff. In the end, nothing really turned out right. You could stand up a spoon in the gravy.

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Pho always cheers me up.

  • Apron or no apron?
  • I love the idea of aprons but I usually forget to wear one.

  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • Remember in Moonstruck when Cher’s mom (Olympia Dukakis) makes her an egg-in-the-hole? I love that. There’s nothing like having your mom make you breakfast no matter how old you are. 

  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • My grandfather, who emigrated from Italy when he was a kid, passed his enthusiasm for food down to my mom and her siblings. He died before I was born so we’d have a lot of catching up to do.

  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • I like company when I cook, but baking is more solitary.

  • 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., unless I'm completely in the weeds

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Many congrats on your win, Midge! I can't wait to try your recipe!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks EmilyC!!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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Yay Midge - congratulations! Love all of your recipes and will try this one soon!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much aargersi!

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about 3 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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Midge, you have opened up a whole world of opportunities for me with this fun recipe. I've already made it three times. Yesterday it was a most delicious breakfast. Thank you for an excellent new food treat in our house.

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about 3 years ago Midge

So pleased you like them MrsW! I made your merguez (patties) on Sunday and we absolutely loved it!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Congrats Midge!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thank you Bevi!

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about 3 years ago monkeymom

congrats Midge! Can't wait to try this recipe.

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks monkeymom!

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about 3 years ago pierino

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Good job!

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about 3 years ago Midge

wow, thanks pierino!

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about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations Midge. I can't wait to try this recipe.

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about 3 years ago Midge

thank you FM!

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about 3 years ago Jennifer Ann

Congratulations Midge! I am tucking this recipe in (on the top!) of my recipe box.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks Jennifer Ann!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congratulations, Midge! Love your recipe -- the shrimp, cabbage and scallion flavors sound lovely. We will be trying these this summer for sure. And it's so nice getting to know you more through your Q&A. It sounds like family has played a big part in shaping you as a cook -- what a sweet story about your mom sending homebaked treats in your lunchbox and how that eventually made you want to become a baker. I envy you cooking and eating fresh ramps this spring --- that is one ingredient that I am finding it difficult to source in the PNW.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thank you CIV. I don't know, I might trade ramps for being able to live in Victoria. So beautiful out there!

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about 3 years ago WinnieAb

Congrats Midge...can't wait to try your okonomiyaki!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks WinnieAb. Hope you like it!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Way to go, Midge! You are a force to be reckoned with.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks HLA!

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about 3 years ago SKK

Yeah!!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks SKK!

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Well done Midge. I have this on my list. And I'd love to have a taste of fiddleheads and ramps too.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thank you KB. Wish I could send you some fiddleheads and ramps!

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about 3 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

Congratulations, Midge! Can't wait to try this at home.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thank you Helen!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Yippee!!!! Way to go Midge! What an awesome recipe. I can't wait to make it!!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much fiveandspice!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thank you A&M and everyone! I'm beyond honored. You all have absolutely made my week. I feel so lucky to be part of such a supportive and generous community.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations Midge!!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks IPK!

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about 3 years ago edamame2003

made these last night and they are a hit! thanks for the simple recipe for a savory treat--we'll be eating these often. congrats on the win!

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about 3 years ago Midge

I'm thrilled you liked them! Thanks so much edamame2003.

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

congrats on another delicious win!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks so much vvvanessa!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Hooray, Midge!!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks mrsl!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks mrsl!