Cook Spotlight

sdebrango

By • November 10, 2011 • 89 Comments

0 Save

sdebrango  Flank Steak

Versatility is a virtue prized by cooks. We love our versatile cookware, any versatile herb, those versatile recipes stored in our back pocket. 

Sdebrango is our very own Le Creuset Dutch oven, our bundle of thyme, our dollop of crème fraiche: she is one versatile member of this community. No matter where you turn (or click!), you can see her presence -- uploading recipes, hosting potlucks, commenting on finalists, updating the Food52 Hotline. 

And her cooking? Just as versatile. From baking to basting, pastries to poultry, sdebrango has got you covered. In the mood for a sandwich? Try her winning Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri (pictured above). Craving some deep-fryer love? Look no further than Deep Fried Peaches and Nectarines. But from the simple (Simply Chocolate Cake) to the complex (Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Reduction), there is one underlying theme of sdebrango's brand of cooking: this is feel good food, at its finest. These are dishes we want to eat around a big table, surrounded by family and friends -- preferably with some Tender Yellow Cake for dessert, please. 

Read our profile Q&A with sdebrango below. 

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    camel when I travelled to Africa and chocolate blood pudding in Italy

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    anything quick and easy, pasta, eggs, salad

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    Cuisinart 16 cup professional food processor

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    6

 

Jump to Comments (89)

Comments (89)

Default-small
Default-small
Jc_profilepic

almost 3 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations sdebrango!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much S_U, Happy Thanksgiving!

Dsc_0675-x2a

almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Great spotlight! So nice to see!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, have missed seeing you here!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Waverly, so are yours and I love your website.

Logo-fb

almost 3 years ago Waverly

Wonderful to see you in the spotlight! Your recipes are wonderful.

Logo-fb

almost 3 years ago Waverly

Wonderful to see you in the spotlight! Your recipes are wonderful.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Ashley, I so appreciate it. I am a fan of yours too! Wondered where you were. Thank you so much.

Img_0022_profile

almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Congrats Sdebrango!! Sorry so late. I was locked out but I have a new password and I am go to go! I am a HUGE fan! So glad to see you in the spotlight!!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks nannydeb, I know what you mean. Until I saw comments I had no idea.

Lobster_001

almost 3 years ago nannydeb

Congratulations! (a little late) I'm still not used to the new format...

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Lori!

Lorigoldsby

almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Coingrats on this! I always enjoy your posts!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Niknud. Hope your little world is calming down!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Deanna, it was a great party and the food was beyond amazing, We are thinking of a holiday potluck if we end up doing it will send an invite!

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

Please do! Thx.

Nog

almost 3 years ago Niknud

Yah! Sorry to be late to the comments - it's been beyond nutty in my little world. Congratulations and I'm so glad to see you here!

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

OMG - sorry for the multiples - the site kept returning an error page.

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

How great to see you here! Well deserved. Was so bummed to miss the party - I'm sure it was swell. Hopefully another opportunity will arise... It's funny, but blood doesn't freak me out at all. As a kid I learned from Mom that when you slice that steak, you capture the bloody juices and mop them up with a piece of bread. But mixed with chocolate? Hmmm...

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

How great to see you here! Well deserved. Was so bummed to miss the party - I'm sure it was swell. Hopefully another opportunity will arise... It's funny, but blood doesn't freak me out at all. As a kid I learned from Mom that when you slice that steak, you capture the bloody juices and mop them up with a piece of bread. But mixed with chocolate? Hmmm...

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

How great to see you here! Well deserved. Was so bummed to miss the party - I'm sure it was swell. Hopefully another opportunity will arise... It's funny, but blood doesn't freak me out at all. As a kid I learned from Mom that when you slice that steak, you capture the bloody juices and mop them up with a piece of bread. But mixed with chocolate? Hmmm...

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

How great to see you here! Well deserved. Was so bummed to miss the party - I'm sure it was swell. Hopefully another opportunity will arise... It's funny, but blood doesn't freak me out at all. As a kid I learned from Mom that when you slice that steak, you capture the bloody juices and mop them up with a piece of bread. But mixed with chocolate? Hmmm...

Img_0391

almost 3 years ago deanna1001

How great to see you here! Well deserved. Was so bummed to miss the party - I'm sure it was swell. Hopefully another opportunity will arise... It's funny, but blood doesn't freak me out at all. As a kid I learned from Mom that when you slice that steak, you capture the bloody juices and mop them up with a piece of bread. But mixed with chocolate? Hmmm...

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

The family I ate with went in the morning and literally came back with a bucket of fresh blood, I watched her make the pudding and was so sickened by the thought I had the such a hard time putting a spoon to my mouth but did it so I didn't appear rude. OMG, it was an experience I will never forget. If I had not seen her make it I probably would have happily eaten it not knowing but the sight honestly, was ghastly. It was for New Years brunch.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much nogaga!

Phoenix

almost 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

Oh, Blood Pudding! I completely blocked that eating experience from my mind, but it's all coming flooding back. It's amazing the power 2 words can hold. Love the spotlight (and your recipes). Congratulations!

Port2

almost 3 years ago nogaga

Congrats, sdebrango!! What a well-deserved spotlight!

Port2

almost 3 years ago nogaga

Congrats, sdebrango!! What a well-deserved spotlight!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Kitchen Butterfly, for now a virtual bear hug and hope one day to be able to meet you. Thanks so much!

Ozoz_profile

almost 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

A virtual food friendship I hope I can make good one day with a pyhsical bear hug! Great to see you 'shining' sdebrango XXX

Default-small

almost 3 years ago singing_baker

I was scrolling down the homepage and saw your pic and I was like "I just met her!" congrats on the spotlight!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, I loved meeting you. Everything you brought was so delicious, thank you!

Me

almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Yah!!!!! I'm so happy to see you in the spotlight here!!! I love your food and the spirit you bring to this site!!!! Congrats!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

ChezSuzanne thank you, you are so sweet. Love your food too!!!

Dsc_0048b

almost 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Great to see you here, sdebrango! Versatile is right!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much HK!

Img_3538

almost 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations and well deserved!! Wish I could have attended your party, sounded like fun.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, our party was a lot of fun. Would have loved if you could have come. Maybe we will meet some day soon, I hope!

New_years_kitchen_hlc_only

almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yaaay! I couldn't agree more with all the wonderful things the editors have said. You really are the ultimate FOOD52'er; our community is made even better because of you. Congrats!! ;o)

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You are too kind. I just love everyone here and food52! I have learned so much from great cooks like you and boulangere and everyone else. Its so inspiring to be here.Thank you so much!

Cakes

almost 3 years ago Bevi

Congrats on a well deserved spotlight! It was so much fun to meet you, and you are truly so kind and generous to all who contribute here. What a great tribute to a great cook and darling person.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Bevi, I also really enjoyed meeting you and again I want to say that without your help I could not have put that party together. You are amazing!

Me

almost 3 years ago wssmom

Woohoo!!! A great cook, a fabulous hostess, and a wonderful "mom" to her ADORABLE pugs!!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, thank you so much wssmom. I really loved having you all at the party. It was such a pleasure meeting you. Izzy and Nando had a good time too!!

Dscn2212

almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh what a thrill to see you here! Warm congratulations!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, this is such a thrill and so completely unexpected. I am so happy!

Buddhacat

almost 3 years ago SKK

You are so cool! Rumor had it you were in the spotlight and I tracked you down here! I have learned so much from you and love your recipes. Intending to meet you in person one day. Congratulations! Well deserved spotlight shining on you.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you SKK, I have learned so much here from so many wonderful cooks/chefs. You and all the great cooks on this site inspire me daily. Thank you again,

Image

almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Suzanne! How cool is this!? And everything that FOOD52 said about you? All true and more. In addition to being a great cook, you are the consummate hostess--generous, warm, welcoming. Just like you present yourself on this site. You're everyone's champion--a happy and caring commenter on all recipes; open to everything. I'm so happy I got to meet you in person. Today is a perfect day to celebrate you. Congratulations! And thanks again for a wonderful party.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much drbabs, I am so honored to be a part of this community. Blushing!!

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yay! So nice to see you in the spotlight, sdebrango!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much mrslarkin, completely unexpected and a great honor. Thank you again!

Image

almost 3 years ago Regine

So what it is that you are baking now?

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Regine, I am making a batch of the hazelnut chocolate rugelach, cardamom orange chocolate ribbon cookies and a brandied fig and walnut loaf. Thank you again

Image

almost 3 years ago Regine

Congrats!!!! Your yellow cake recipe is a revelation and I can't wait to try out your other recipes!

Sausage2

almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Hey, I'm so glad I managed to find the spotlight this week! :) A most well-deserved one, I should say. Congrats sdebrango!!!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, in shock but so happy. Thank you again,

Massimo's_deck_reflection_10_27_13

almost 3 years ago lapadia

Congratulations! Great to see you here, sdebrango, "shine on"...

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you lapadia, I am so thrilled and happy to be a member of the community.

Picture_057

almost 3 years ago Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Congrats! I always love your recipes! So glad to see you in the spotlight!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow, I am in the middle of baking and just saw this. Thank you everyone!! How wonderful and its me thats lucky to be a part of this vibrant community with so many talented cooks who are all so welcoming! Thank you everyone and food52!!

Img_7818

almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Wonderful spotlight, sdebrango! It is SO well deserved! This community wouldn't be the same without you! Love your recipes and your kind, helpful attitude.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You are too kind EmilyC, I love it here and am very grateful to have all of you as an inspiration.

Cimg0737

almost 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Your recipes are so wonderful, and you are such a generous member of this community, sdebrango! So happy to see you in the spotlight. Congratulations!!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much I really am so happy to be here.

Dsc00859_2

almost 3 years ago creamtea

Congratulations, sdebrango! As others said, so well deserved.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much creamtea, I am honored!

Burnt_offering

almost 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

What a nice Tuesday spotlight! Well deserved!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you Burnt Offerings what a surprise for me to see this. I so appreciate it. Thank you again!

Newliztoqueicon-2

almost 3 years ago Lizthechef

Nice to see you in the spotlight!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Liz!

Anita_date

almost 3 years ago Anitalectric

Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

Can't think of another more deserving. Wish there was a category for 'superfans' b/c I would be in it. Thank you for hosting us at your potluck, Suzanne!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Anita, thank you so much. It was so wonderful meeting you and your sister. You both are inspiring and you are a wonderful chef. That casserole was amazing!

Img_1958

almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Yipee! Congratulations sdebrango! What a wonderful spotlight.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you gingerroot, you are just one of the many cooks on this site that never cease to amaze me. Thank you again!

Dscn3274

almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations on being in the spotlight!! SOOO well deserved!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, Pat thank you so much. You all are so wonderful and I appreciate it so much,

036

almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay a well deserved spotlight for sure! Camel? Really? Tastes like .... chicken? (not ...)

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

LOL, no it doesn't taste like chicken, not is right!! It tastes similar to beef but more gamey hard to describe. Once was enough!!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

And thank you so much!

Dsc_0122.nef-1

almost 3 years ago Panfusine

YAY!! Sdebrango.. wonderful to see you in the spotlight... Congratulations!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you panfusine. I always look forward to your postings and recipes you are amazing.

Profile_pic

almost 3 years ago how to eat n'drink

Congrats and thank you again for hosting such a wonderful potluck!!! What a wonderful treat it was to meet you...cheers, till next time!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You rock and I was so happy to meet you. Thank you so much!!

Fb

almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

It's lovely to see you spotlighted, sdebrango! Your recipes are inspiring.

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you BKR, I really appreciate the kind words I know I have said it what seems like a zillion times but all of you are so inspiring,

Gator_cake

almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yay! Congrats on a great spotlight!

3-bizcard

almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you HLA, I really am so happy.

Profile_pic

almost 3 years ago how to eat n'drink

Had the pleasure of attending one of her potlucks...what a fantastic woman and chef!