Brigidc won the contest for Your Best Autumn Salad with Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
TasteFood won the contest for Your Best Sweet Potato Recipe with Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream.
What is the most show-stopping dish you have ever eaten or prepared?
A Charlotte Malakoff for Julia Child's 90th Birthday celebration at Copia
What's a food you really don'tlike?
(get ready to clutch your pearls, foodies....) sushi (it's the seaweed)
Describe a restaurant meal that stands out in your memory.
At Emeril's in New Orleans, before the Food Network, when it was his only restaurant. My roommate and I were doing externships in other New Orleans restaurants and our parents had come to visit. We got our first taste of getting "hooked up" with complimentary tastes, etc. The food was spectacular--the first time I ate wild salmon, fiddleheads and morel mushrooms.
What's a piece of kitchen equipment you're dying to own?
What was the menu for the last dinner party you hosted?
Oktoberfest: braised red cabbage, bratwurst, German potato salad, lots of BEER
Apron or no apron?
when I remember to put one on
What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
"Leave the gun...take the cannoli."
What would you cook if you suddenly found out friends were coming for dinner tonight?
a nice piece of halibut, seared; risotto with butternut squash, pecorino and spinach, a salad with mandarins and avocado, ice cream sandwiches with homemade chocolate chip-pecan cookies and Hagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream (I just went to the grocery store!)
You prefer to cook:
during the day
When it comes to tidying up, you usually:
Clean as I cook. the cat's not very good with an SOS pad.