Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Root Vegetable Side

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Congratulations to EmilyC, whose Crispy Cream-Braised Potatoes and Fennel won last week's contest for Your Best Root Vegetable Side, earning her a spot in the Food52 Holiday iPad Project!

EmilyC  Crispy Cream-Braised Potatoes and Fennel

Q&A with EmilyC


Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
Starting at the age of 13, I spent a few weeks each summer visiting my cousin Trisha and her family in Sacramento.  She introduced me to a whole new world of food each visit, things that I had never tasted nor heard of growing up in small town Illinois.  Highlights included trying sushi and Thai food for the first time.  And I still remember what a revelation her homemade basil pesto was upon first bite. 


What's your least favorite food?
These days it’s anything with raw garlic.


What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
It's a toss-up between Luciana’s Porchetta from this site – I made it a few weeks ago and loved every single bite – and Amanda’s Raspberry Swamp Pie.


Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
There are several to choose from, but I’ll go with the time I decided to start a rhubarb-cream pie at 10:30 at night.  (I often get the urge to bake when I should be sleeping.)  When I went to check the pie after an hour in the oven, I tilted the pan to see if the cream had set.  In the process, I lost my grip, and hot pie went crashing to the kitchen floor.  The pyrex pan shattered into what seemed to be a million pieces – and worst of all, a good pie was lost in the process!


What is your idea of comfort food?
I’d say slow-cooked dishes like beef bourguignon and braised short ribs in the fall and winter months.  And I’ve always had a major weakness for cold cereal, no matter what time of day.


Apron or no apron?
No apron.


What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
I smile when the curmudgeonly food critic in Disney’s Ratatouille tastes Remy’s ratatouille for the first time.  It’s such a sweet scene.


If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I wish I could pull out all of the stops and make my late mother-in-law, who passed away this February, an amazing meal.  Her genuine love for food and good company made cooking for her a joy, and some of my most memorable meals were shared with her and my husband around our dining room table.


You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
My kitchen is small, so most often I prefer to cook 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.
B, though I’m trying harder and harder to clean as I go – and use fewer dishes and utensils in the process!

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over 1 year ago Doni

love it! worth it to read, lets hope a arriving opinions and tip are generally every bit as optimistic. Many thanks for giving this info like this one.
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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

You're very sweet -- thanks boulangere!

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

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How did I miss this? I love your pie story. Your recipe is so lovely, and your little boy is precious. Congratulations all the way around.

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almost 3 years ago Waverly

Congratulations on your win! Your little boy is adorable.

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almost 3 years ago Waverly

Congratulations on your win! Your little boy is adorable.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks so much, Waverly!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks, SKK!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Sorry -- meant to be a response to SKK!

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almost 3 years ago mcs3000

Congrats, EmilyC! Love the pic of you and your son. And good to hear I'm not the only late night baker.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thank you msc3000! Late night is often the only time I have to bake...and there's nothing better than having a fresh batch of cookies or other baked good waiting for you the next morning!

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

Congrats! Lovely interview. I adore that scene in ratatouille!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks Ms. T!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Congrats! What a nice photo of you and your little one.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thank you, Bevi! The little one is definitely more photogenic than I am! : )

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almost 3 years ago Midge

Congrats EmilyC!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks Midge!

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations on the win EmilyC.. Your kitchen disaster sounded scary, hope you avoided getting any hot pie on yourself!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks Panfusine! And yes, I escaped without injury -- just a big mess to clean up!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Love the Q&A and so sorry about the pie. Congratulations again!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thank you sdebrango!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay! Congrats on a great win, EmilyC!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks so much, mrslarkin!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats on a well-deserved win! I'm sorry you lost your delicious pie.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks HLA! And about the pie, I ended up making another one so all was good!

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

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Congratulations, Emily. Thanks for sharing your disaster with us! It's stories like that that keep me from starting baking projects when I'm tired. I just know the same thing would happen to me.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks drbabs! Yep, baking when you're tired can be a hazard, though I don't think I've fully learned my lesson because I continue to do it!

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almost 3 years ago SKK

What a wonderful Q&A, EmilyC! Wonderful getting to know you better and your recipes are wonderful!

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Thanks SKK!