Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Hors d'Oeuvre

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Congratulations to healthierkitchen, whose Smoked Trout Paté won the contest for Your Best Hors d'Oeuvre

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
First, making the perfect matzoh ball was sort of a test in my home. We beat egg whites by hand with an old-fashioned springy wire beater until stiff peaks formed. When I was about 12 or 13, my grandmother jokingly pronounced that I "could get married" as my matzoh balls were just as she liked them -- light and fluffy. (Weirdest compliment for a budding feminist.) When I was not much older, maybe 15 or so, my sister took me to Woodstock, New York, where I ate spaghetti with broccoli aglio olio and I started experimenting with fresh vegetables after that. She also gave me the Moosewood Cookbook when I went to college.  

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Definitely unloading the dishwasher. I  can't stand the repetitiveness. 

Your favorite kitchen tool?
I love my large Le Creuset Dutch oven.  I use it often and the color always makes me happy. 

What is your idea of comfort food?
Pasta and soups. Eggs.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
When I was in grade school I tried to age a map of Columbus' voyage.  I wanted to burn the edges a little but my parents weren't home so I couldn't use matches. I was allowed to use the oven, though. Using the broiler was not the best idea. My parents missed the flames, but came home to the miasma of burnt oaktag and crayon.  

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over 1 year ago Katheryn's Kitchen

Congratulations Wendy, can't wait to try this, I love smoked trout! :))))


over 1 year ago calendargirl

Brava, Wendy! And I love the map under the broiler.


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Thanks for all the lovely comments! It's not a fancy, complicated dish, but whenever I serve it, it very quietly and steadily disappears! Stay warm everyone!


over 1 year ago lapadia

Congrats, HK! Your kitchen disaster cracks me up ;)


over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Warmest congratulations, healthierkitchen! Great recipe!


over 1 year ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay, Wendy!!! I can't wait to make this!


over 1 year ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This reminds me of whitefish salad, which I adore. Loved this recipe when I first saw it. Can't wait for an excuse to make it. Congratulations on the win!


over 1 year ago Foodiewithalife

I love love love smoked fish - kudos! This recipe sounds delicious!


over 1 year ago cookbookchick

Hip, hip hooray!! What a great way to start the New Year! Congratulations, Wendy!


over 1 year ago Randi

Congratulations; this was the most popular hor'douvre at our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes!


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Thanks so much everyone! Very much appreciate the support. Happy new year and happy eating everyone!


over 1 year ago Kukla

Warmest Congratulations HK! I am glad and happy for you!!


over 1 year ago EmilyC

Big congrats Wendy on your win!


over 1 year ago Elana Carlson

I made this twice over Christmas for my family -- they are obsessed! Once with Whitefish; amazing on bagels!


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

My cousin actually uses this instead of whitefish salad!


over 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Congrats!!! It's a mighty glorious dish!


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Thanks so much, you are still the "Queen"!!


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

of wonderful recipes!


over 1 year ago QueenSashy

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over 1 year ago KitchenJoy

Congratulations! This pate sounds marvelous, and I look forward to trying it out soon! Hubby LOVES trout, so I know it will be a hit at my house. Thanks so much for sharing!


over 1 year ago Lizthechef

This paté got my vote - eager to try. Congrats!


over 1 year ago Midge

Hurray! Big congrats hk! Loved your pate and will no doubt become a standard in my house.


over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Warmest Congratulations! Your pate is on my to-do list very soon!


over 1 year ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! Am throwing a get together on this snow day just so I can try this.