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nannydeb  Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart

Nannydeb's particular brand of cooking genius is twofold -- on the one spatula, she is the queen of creative cuisine, and on the other, she masterfully develops smart solutions for putting ingredients to the best use possible without sacrificing flavor. Her food is at once sophisticated and homey -- pretty much what you'd expect from a cook whose mother made wine out of grapefruit at home.

Her winning Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart and runner-up Rich Chocolate Cake with Coconut Filling and Ganache showcase the brilliance behind nannydeb -- go rich, take no prisoners. Well, judging by the fact that this is the first week in a very long time that there was no butter on the Food52 grocery list for our photo shoot, we're in your camp. Lemon Blueberry? Bread Pudding. Mashed Potatoes? With Mascarpone (and dill and chives). A prolific and involved Food52er, this Texan is cooking up a storm all over the site, so raise your glass (accompanied by a Toasted Almond Macaroon with Amaretto White Chocolate Ice) -- it's about time we give a Texas toast to this wonderful cook.

Read the profile Q&A with nannydeb.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    marinated octopus in Madrid

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    beans & greens, popcorn

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    my "baby Oskar" food processor that my mother bought for me when I went to college (still works and is used weekly)

  • Your ideal meal:
    shrimp, rich sauce, salad, champagne, chocolate cake

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    about 15, nothing special that I'm saving

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    everybody always ends up congregating in the kitchen and in the way

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    my autographed copy of the Essential New York Times cookbook!


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Comments (26)


about 4 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats nannydeb!! Much deserved recognition. Always look forward to your submissions...especially the lemon bread pudding!


about 4 years ago Winkie

So proud of my little sis! I always knew you were a great cook!


about 4 years ago Jyll Brant

hey you! what a cool site! (and I'm not just saying that because we're related) I will be checking back in to see what you are up are such a great cook! No wonde,r considering your teacher. Love you!


about 4 years ago wssmom

Yay nannydeb! So well-deserved! Love your recipes!


about 4 years ago Bevi

Congrats Nannydeb! I am aching to make your tomato tart again this year.


about 4 years ago arielleclementine

Hooray for nannydeb! A brilliant cook and all-around lovely person!


about 4 years ago marley16

Congratulations! Since I eat your cooking all the time I know how much you deserve recognition.


about 4 years ago nannydeb

You take one day off & not look at the internet and look what you miss! Thank you food52 and fellow food52ers! I'm so grateful to be a part of such a fun and supportive community!


about 4 years ago lapadia

It's your week to "shine on" nannydeb, congrats. Oh, and grapefruit wine sounds very interesting :)


about 4 years ago Midge

Nice to read more about you nannydeb! Your chocolate coconut cake sounds like heaven to me.


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

WOOT! GREAT spotlight and very well deserved! NannyDeb ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Hello Nannydeb, love the photo of you - good to see you in the light, your recipes have gone before you, rather honourably!


about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, nannydeb! I'm looking forward to meeting you at my next visit to Austin.


about 4 years ago cheese1227

Lovely to learn about the woman behind that chocolate cake. I've turned them into cupcakes and that's one of my go-to desserts for a potluck! Thanks for sharing!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Hooray, nannydeb!! So happy to see you in the spotlight!!


about 4 years ago EmilyC

Nice to see you in the spotlight, nannydeb! Your heirloom tomato tart is a thing of beauty.


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! So nice to learn more about you. Love your lemon blueberry bread pudding!


about 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations, it's great to read about you and your recipes, cheers!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Nice spotlilght, nannydeb! Wow, a mom who made wine from grapefruit!


about 4 years ago SKK

Hurrah! Love your recipes and love knowing more about you.