Summer Week 7

August 11, 2010

Congratulations to nannydeb, who won this week's contest for Your Best Heirloom Tomato Recipe with her Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart.

nannydeb  Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart

Q & A with nannydeb

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
  • When I was a kid, my mother loved to try new recipes and techniques. We made crepes, fondue, etc. She also made wine out of grapefruit (we lived in the Rio Grande Valley). I just wish she would have written down her recipes!
  • What's your least favorite food? 
  • Tarragon, and I'm not very fond of berries of any kind.
  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • One weekend I made lobster cannolis with lemon gastrique (Emeril's recipe) and lobster bisque. Both were very decadent.
  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • I don't have any disasters that were "spectacular", but I've had many little mishaps. When I first started cooking I made my parents some black bean enchiladas. I didn't know that you had to not only wash the beans, but pick through them for rocks. Yuck. And then there was last Thanksgiving when I forgot to serve the tangerine cranberry sauce that I had made and was very excited about. I could go on and embarrass myself further, but I won't. 
  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Bean and cheese nachos with homemade salsa and guacamole and cold beer. This is our Friday night ritual. 
  • Apron or no apron? 
  • Though I have many food splattered shirts, I love aprons. I just forget when I'm just quickly whipping something up.
  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when they first enter the large room where everything is edible and there's a chocolate river. When I saw the movie as a kid I was mezmerized. Plus, I had a crush on Gene Wilder.
  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • I think Anthony Bourdain. How could you possibly offend him? He drinks, smokes, cusses and talks lots of trash, but seems totally appreciative of what he's served. 
  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • Usually, a. alone
  • When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a. clean as you cook, b. do all the dishes once you've finished cooking, c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean.
  • a. clean as much as I can as I cook.
Nannydeb with her Shrimp and Scallops in Pesto Pasta

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Gale August 15, 2010
You really deserved this - it is a terrific recipe and tastes as good as it looks.
Sunchowder August 12, 2010
Congrats nannydeb! I can't wait to try this recipe :)
WinnieAb August 12, 2010
Lovely recipe- I plan on making it this weekend...congrats on winning!
thirschfeld August 11, 2010
congratulations nannydeb. Great recipe.
Jennifer A. August 11, 2010
Congratulations! I cannot wait to try this recipe.
TheWimpyVegetarian August 11, 2010
Many congrats on a beautiful recipe. I'm really looking forward to trying it very soon! It looks so delicious!
lapadia August 11, 2010
Congratulations nannydeb, great recipe, I love tarts of all kinds!
mrslarkin August 11, 2010
Yippeee, nannydeb! Congrats on your win! Such a great recipe.
Sagegreen August 11, 2010
Congratulations, nannydeb! I am really happy for you. Well done!
nannydeb August 11, 2010
Thank you sagegreen!
adamnsvetcooking August 11, 2010
Great Job!
dymnyno August 11, 2010
lastnightsdinner August 11, 2010
nannydeb August 11, 2010
Wow! I'm truly honored though I feel unworthy with all of the amazing recipes submitted on this site. Thank you A&M and Whole Foods and everybody on food52!
arielleclementine August 11, 2010
yahoo!! congrats nannydeb!!!
drbabs August 11, 2010
Lizthechef August 11, 2010
Love the wet apron, a sign of a busy cook - and, in this case, a terrific one! Congrats -
Kitchen B. August 11, 2010
Congratulations nannydeb. I have almost all I need to try this amazing tart. Thank you!
aargersi August 11, 2010