Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Recipe with Potatoes

By • December 11, 2013 • 12 Comments

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Congratulations to vvvanessa, whose Wonder Fries won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Potatoes

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My older brother tells the story about how he taught me, when I was a young adolescent, to make chicken stir-fry since he was going away to college and wouldn't be around to do most of the cooking as he usually did. I made that chicken stir-fry over and over and over again, until finally my younger sister, unable to stomach yet another stir-fry chicken dinner, called my brother and pleaded, "Teach her beef!" I like to think this is a cautionary tale about getting into a cooking rut.

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I always dread having to wash my sheet pans in my small kitchen sink.  

Your favorite kitchen tool?
Oh, there are so many! I couldn't function without my knives. I use my kitchen scale frequently. I find silicone spatulas and scrapers indispensable. And I sure do love a good mixing bowl, which is why I have several, and by "several" I mean I'm a bowl hoarder.

What is your idea of comfort food?
Whatever it is I'm craving at the moment. Sometimes it's chocolate cake; sometimes it's shots of pickle juice. Often it involves cheese and carbs.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I wish there were just one. Add to the list the chocolate crater I made just a couple of weeks ago: It was supposed to be a chocolate birthday cake, but it came out of the oven sunken deeper than the Great Depression. It tasted fine but would have required a small vat of frosting to spackle it into shape. So I made another cake, the upshot being that I got to lick the spoon and bowl twice that night.

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9 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks so much for the kind words! Wonder Fries for everyone!

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9 months ago gingerroot

Well-deserved congrats!! Love your Q & A and can't wait to try your wonder fries!

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9 months ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats!! Your recipe looks fabulous!

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9 months ago creamtea

Congratulations! Fun stories. Saving the recipe!

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9 months ago Bevi

Congrats VVV!

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9 months ago plainhomecook

You are completely adorable. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and your stories!

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9 months ago bonheurcuisine

Congrats vvvanesa!

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9 months ago Regine

Congrats. I may go tonite to the store to get the potatoes and make it for dinner. I already have miso. I can already taste the deliciousness.

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9 months ago Kukla

Many, many warm congratulations!!!

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9 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

These are the most divine potatoes (after my gratin :) ). A rea; hit at Chez Julia.

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9 months ago lapadia

Congratulations! Love the photo and story :)

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9 months ago Greenstuff

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Wonderful picture, great stories! Congratulations.