Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Flank Steak

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Congratulations to sdebrango, whose Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri won this week's contest for Your Best Flank Steakearning her big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!

sdebrango  Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri

Q&A with sdebrango

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
  • My mother has been the biggest influence and the person that shaped how I think about and work with food. I remember watching her in the kitchen. She made just about everything from scratch. She made pasta by hand, no machines and it was the best I have ever had. Because I saw my mother always cooking fresh homemade food, I like to do the same.

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Organ meats of all kinds and overtly fishy seafood.

  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • Braised short ribs in red wine, mashed potatoes, haricots verts with shallots. It was so good!

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • This is so embarrassing. Years ago I burned up my kitchen. Had just bought a new home, the kitchen had an electric stove (I had always used a gas stove), my in-laws were coming for dinner. I was making chicken stock, and I had to run some errands and pick up my daughter so I did a very stupid thing. I thought I could leave the stock simmering while I was out and when I got home it would be done. Well, big mistake, instead of putting it on low heat I put it on high. As I turned onto my street I saw fire trucks and as I got closer I saw it was my house. When I pulled into my driveway I saw my stock pot on my front lawn and the blackened remnants of the chicken a few feet away. My front door was broken down and my kitchen was blackened and water logged. We ate out that night.

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • A roasted chicken with mashed potatoes or my mother's pasta fagiole (I have tried to copy how she made it and have never been able to.).

  • Apron or no apron?
  • Depends. When I bake I wear an apron, not when I cook.

  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • I love Babette's Feast, watching her prepare that amazing meal was stunning and the change that came over the dinner guests while they were eating was so beautiful.

  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • Even though I was very young when my Grandfather died I still remember how he loved food, so I would love the chance to cook for him.

  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • A. Alone

  • 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. Clean as I cook

 

 

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Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats! A great recipe (one of many from you!). I'm a big fan of yours.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Lori, I am a huge fan of yours.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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So nice getting to know you better, sdebrango! I've got a flank steak in the freezer just waiting to be turned into this super dish.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I really hope you like it, thank you so much!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations again, sdebrango! I loved reading a little more about you, and agree that it is so nice to put a face to such a supportive and creative member of this community. Cheers!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much gingerroot, I feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community. I feel like its my big extended family!

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

How fun to read about you!! Great recipe that my family loved, congratulations again!!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, I am so happy your family enjoyed it. Thank you again.

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over 3 years ago lakelurelady

Again, congratulations sdebrango. I'm assuming you now have a gas stove. The fact that you persevered with your cooking after that disaster speaks volumes about your dedication to all things food.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Ha! yes I now cook with my gas stove. I couldn't let a little kitchen disaster stand in the way of my love for all things food. Thank you so much!

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over 3 years ago nogaga

Beautiful!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks nogaga!

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over 3 years ago creamtea

Congratulations again sdebrango. Best kitchen disaster story ever! I sure hope subsequent winners don't try to top it! Nice to get to know you.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much creamtea, I can still smell the smoke!

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over 3 years ago EmilyC

Congrats again, sdebrango! So lovely to learn more about you!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you EmilyC! I appreciate it.

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over 3 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations sdebrango! Its wonderful to read about you!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much!

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over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Lovely to learn more about you. Wow, what a kitchen disaster! Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes with us. And I am with you on Babette's Feast...it's my very favorite.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you BKR, I am so in love with that movie.

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Congratulations! What a mouthwatering dish, and I love your Q&A :)

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much lastnightsdinner!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Congrats sdebrango! I'm hoping to make your wonderful sandwich this weekend. And yes, your disaster story takes the cake!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Midge! I hope you enjoy the sandwich.

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

It's nice to know more about you! I think your kitchen fire tops all of the other kitchen disasters...Congrats again!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks nannydeb, I am disaster prone.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Dear sdebrango, congratulations on your wonderful win. You are so generous with your supportive comments to everyone in this community. It's a thrill to actually see your face and get to know you a little better. I think your kitchen disaster wins! (And you got a new kitchen! Even better!) Congratulations again.

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Totally second drbabs comment, You've had the most spectacular kitchen disaster hands down... The next winner has a double tough task upping your winning recipe & the disaster!!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks drbabs, well if they gave awards for stupidity I would be first in line.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks panfusine, I was lucky my entire house didn't burn down, My neighbor saw the smoke and called the fire dept.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Or cunning! "I hated the kitchen and told him I wanted to renovate he said later I could use it like that for the time being. " Nice!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats again. And, WOW, that's one awe-inspiring kitchen disaster!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, I feel like an idiot but I can laugh about it now.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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Hurrah! Congratulations again - so glad to see you here! Um - best kitchen disaster story to date ... we can laugh now, right???

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yes, now I can laugh but imagine explaining to my husband what happened less than a month after we bought the house. I hated the kitchen and told him I wanted to renovate he said later I could use it like that for the time being. He thought I did it on purpose. I didn't but I did get a new kitchen.

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations! sdebrango... Its lovely to see you in the winners circle.. Well deserved!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, this is the greatest food community ever!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

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How wonderful to finally put a beautiful face to that beautiful voice! You SO deserve a spot in the next book.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, you are too kind!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats on your win! I'm with you on the fishy fish. Your kitchen disaster pretty much takes the cake.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much, yes that fishy thing makes me nauseous. I really try but just can't do it. I almost didn't put that kitchen disaster in there its so embarrassing, but i figured might as well bare it all.

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over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

So nice to get to know you better...and thanks for your wonderful contributions to Food52!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Pat!