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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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