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Congratulations to TasteFood, whose Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce won last week's contest for Your Best Holiday Roast, earning her a spot in the Food52 Holiday iPad App!

TasteFood  Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

Q&A with TasteFood

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
Studying cooking in Paris opened my eyes to the delights of butter, cream, meat, and rich cheese. Since then I've never looked back.

What's your least favorite food?
Fast food

What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
Homemade bacon -- thanks to Charcutepalooza. Which reminds me I need to make some more.

Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
Letting eggs boil on the stove while I took a phone call in the bedroom of my apartment in a high-rise building in college. The call went on and on until the building's fire alarm went off. The water had boiled off in my pot causing it to smoke, triggering the alarm and the entire building's evacuation. This happened before I went to cooking school.

What is your idea of comfort food?
Salade Lyonnaise 

Apron or no apron?
No apron, and I should know better by now.

What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
Babette's Feast. The whole film is a food related scene.

If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I need to think about that. I am pretty happy doing it for my friends.

You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
Alone. There, I said it.

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.
I start with A and move on to B.


  • Homemade Bacon
  • TasteFood's homemade bacon. 


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Comments (22)


over 3 years ago bvrlybest

Congratulations! It looks great and I look forward to making it soon!


almost 4 years ago mcs3000

Congrats - great recipe + Q&A. Homemade bacon is the best thing I've made this year too, thanks to Charcutepalooza.


almost 4 years ago My Pantry Shelf

Congratulations! It has been awhile since I tackled a tenderloin, but I have been officially inspired.


almost 4 years ago Ms. T

Congratulations! I love your answer about the apron :) Looking forward to meeting you.


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

This really will be our entreé for Christmas lunch. Fabulous! Congratulations!


almost 4 years ago creamtea

Congratulations Tastefood. Nice to get to know you!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations, TasteFood! I am looking forward to making your beautiful roast.


almost 4 years ago TasteFood

Thanks so much, everyone, for all of your comments!


almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

congratulations TF!


almost 4 years ago deanna1001

Gorgeous! Congratulations! Well deserved. Looks like Christmas dinner to me...


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Congratulations on a wonderful recipe!


almost 4 years ago wssmom

It is so wonderful I had to post twice LOL!!.


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Congratulations on a wonderful recipe!


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations! I knew as soon as I saw this recipe that it was a winner. (And I'm with you on preferring to cook alone and not wearing an apron even though I know better and have ruined way too many of my clothes).


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Congrats! Can't wait to make this for the holidays!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations!! What a lovely roast!


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

Congratulations on another beautiful winner!


almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many, many congratulations on winning with another amazing dish!!!! This is the perfect holiday roast! And I must confess I prefer to cook alone too. It allows me to sink into a relaxing, creative rhythm. Always afraid it makes me seem anti-social. Happy to see others here that I admire so much have the same preference. Loved reading your interview!


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love the q&a, and love the roast. I'm with you on Babette's Feast one of my favorites. Congratulations!


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats! I'm glad I'm not the only one who prefers to cook alone.


almost 4 years ago CatherineTornow

Congratulations! I can't wait to make this roast during the holidays. And what a wonderful write-up!