Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Recipe with Cereal

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The winning recipe, left, and darksideofthespoon on vacation, right.

Congratulations to darksideofthespoon, whose Oatmeal Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cereal!

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Cliché as it may sound, my mom is a huge inspiration for me. From a very early age, I can remember her always reciting "mise-en-place!" as I helped her in the kitchen. She always experimented, and she taught me to be fearless when I cook. Now that I'm a mother, my fearlessness has been kicked into overdrive and I'd like to think my daughter reflects that -- she'll eat anything!

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I usually don't mind doing dishes, but I'll procrastinate on anything that has a floury rolling-out process, like the pizza we had last night.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
Life with my KitchenAid is pretty nice, but I'd take a good sharp knife anytime!

What is your idea of comfort food?
Anything ridiculously rich. Right away I think of the Genius Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses. We make this about once a year to spoil ourselves!

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I'll never forget this: I was working with a new employee at a restaurant a few years ago, and we had pantry racks that slid around. I asked him to grab something for me, and as he was sliding the racks around, he knocked over a 10 gallon pail of cocoa powder that was teetering on the top shelf. The scene afterwards was reminiscent of a cocoa powder atom bomb going off, and more than a year later, we still found evidence of the disaster.

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over 1 year ago JanetFL

Congratulations on your win! I think I will love this ice cream!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you so much!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations on the win! Your ice cream looks and sounds heavenly!!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thanks! I hope you give it a try sometime!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

Congratulations! I wish you to have many more winning recipes!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you! Me too ;)

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Congrats dsots (I'm stealing mrslarkin's shorthand!) on your win! I can't wait to dust off the ice cream maker to make this.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you! If you try it, let me know what you think! :)

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on the win.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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congrats, dark side!!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thanks so much!

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Congrats!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you, Bevi!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Congrats on the win! Looking forward to making this soon.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

I hope so! Thank you so much, let me know how you like it.

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over 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Congrats! Such a great recipe and well deserved win!

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you! Your recipe looks divine and gave me a good run for my money! Cheese-cookie-crumbles on pasta? Yes please!

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over 1 year ago ChefJune

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Big Congrats, Dark Side! I've been making ice cream (and recipes for it) for at least 30 years, but never thought of this one. It's definitely on my to-do list for summer.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you! I'm a big ice cream fan myself and the plain old contenders get a little boring after a while. This was a fun creation and I'm so excited that you are going to try it!

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over 1 year ago pierino

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Congratulations and well deserved. Yeah, I learned to cook from my Mom too from the age of six, the year I quit smoking. But my mom wouldn't have known mise en place from the empty milk bottles outside the door.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you so much, pierino. Your comments always give me a good chuckle!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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congrats dsots! we love ice cream.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you! & I love "dsots" (I laughed out loud).

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! I will definitely be cracking out the ice cream maker this weekend -- it's supposed to be perfect weather for eating ice cream for breakfast.

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over 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Thank you, I am ecstatic! I hope you give it a try, it is getting beautiful out.. definitely prime ice cream season!