Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Recipe for Frosting

By • November 13, 2013 • 54 Comments

Congratulations to sdebrango, whose Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache won the contest for Your Best Recipe for Frosting

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I grew up in a food-centered, large Italian family. My earliest recollections are of my Mom and Aunts standing together in the kitchen making the homemade pasta, and my Grandfather proudly showing his barrels of homemade wine. I guess my family -- but especialy my Mother -- was the biggest influence on me and my cooking and kitchen ethics. Everything was homemade, and that's still the way I like to cook today. 

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
My least favorite kitchen task is unloading the dishwasher, but I'm not sure why. I wish I had a kitchen helper who would do that for me, as my pugs are no help.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
My favorite kitchen tool is a tie between my stand mixer and my hand held mixer -- both, for me, are absolutely indispensible.

What is your idea of comfort food?
I have many favorites but right now I would like braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and apple pie.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I have recounted this horrible disaster before here but it still is in first place for my biggest kitchen disaster. Once, I left a pot of stock on the stove that I thought was on a low simmer. I had just moved into a new house and had a new stove, so I must have set it wrong. I left to pick up my daughter from soccer practice and run a few errands, and I came home to the fire dept at my house, my pot with a blackened chicken on my front lawn, the door broken down, and the kitchen saturated with water and blackened with soot. And I have never left my house again with the stove or oven on.

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8 months ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Congrats Suzanne! Always a big fan!

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8 months ago Christina @ Christina's Cucina

Congratulations, again, Suzanne! Well-deserved win!! OMG, your kitchen disaster story is scary!! I had a similarly close-call once when I ran my parents into Hollywood and forgot that I had artichokes on the stove. Luckily, I wasn't gone long and so I ONLY came home to a house filled of smoke and charred artichokes and Le Creuset pot, which they graciously replaced for me (even after I told them the truth!) ;)

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9 months ago thirschfeld

Congrats Suzanne!!!!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Tom!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YAYAYAY, Suzanne!!! I've already saved this and can't wait to make it!!! Huge congrats!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Emily, I really am so happy!

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9 months ago gingerroot

Yipee Suzanne! So thrilled for your win. Can't wait to try this.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much gingerroot!

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9 months ago creamtea

Congrats, Suzanne. I love your recipes.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much creamtea!

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9 months ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! This looks fantastic.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you very much.

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9 months ago QueenSashy

CONGRATS!!!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much QS!!

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9 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay!!!! <3

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, yes, YAY!!

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9 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Suzanne! XO

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Barbara, I really am thrilled.

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9 months ago Lizthechef

Big Congrats!!!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Liz!

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9 months ago cristinasciarra

Woohoo! Big congratulations, Suzanne. Your cakes really set the standard, so this frosting win makes perfect sense. Can't wait to try it soon!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Cristina, so appreciate it.

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9 months ago fhp

How fabulous!
We are all mad about your frosting.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much!

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9 months ago Kukla

Many, many congratulations Suzanne!!! I am very happy for you!!!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Kukla, it's very exciting.

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9 months ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Congratulations Suzanne! What a luscious icing. Can't wait to try it.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Mrs, L, i hope you like it if you give it a try.

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9 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the win. That is a spectacular frosting.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much June!

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9 months ago darksideofthespoon

Congratulations! And that kitchen disaster story is terrifying, I leave my house with stock on low all the time! Eek!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I used to also, it was a wake up call for sure. Thank you so much.

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9 months ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! I love that you come from such a rich food (and wine) heritage.

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, yes it was all about food and wine growing up.

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9 months ago cookinginvictoria

Congratulations, sdebrango! So well deserved. This is one beautiful-looking frosting. Can't wait to try it. Lovely Q&A -- growing up in an Italian family was a formative experience for me too. Your family sounds a lot like mine!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, I bet we do have a lot of similarities with our families, Italians are all about food and family.

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9 months ago inpatskitchen

Warmest congrats suzanne!! Well deserved!!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Pat!