Weeknight Cooking

Winner of Your Best Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch

October 15, 2014

Congratulations to sdebrango, whose Meatloaf, Plain and Simple won the contest for Your Best Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
As a young child I remember watching my mom and aunts cooking together in my grandfather's home. We ate together every Sunday -- a huge Italian family, enjoying a feast with many courses. The homemade pasta, platters of meats, and my grandfather's homemade wine set the stage for my love of food.

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What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I hate unloading the dishwasher, and I don't know why. Loading it is no problem, but then I have to force myself to unload it. 

Your favorite kitchen tool? 
Hm, there are several -- but I'd say it's a toss up between my food processor and stand mixer.

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What is your idea of comfort food?
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and vegetables -- or a big bowl of chicken soup made with homemade noodles and escarole and sprinkled with Romano cheese.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I have talked about this before, but it's my absolute top kitchen disaster. I left a pot of stock on the stove cooking while I ran out to pick up my daughter and do some errands. I thought that the heat was on low, but it certainly wasn't by the time I got home. The fire department was there, and they had broken down my door. Water and soot were all over the kithen, and my pot with blackened chicken was sitting on my front lawn. I have never left my home with the oven or stove on again -- lesson learned.

Pasta photo by Sarah Coates, headshot and Food52 Potluck photo by sdebrango, all others by James Ransom

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QueenSashy October 16, 2014
ChefJune October 16, 2014
Congratulations Suzanne. I love sandwiches of the leftovers maybe even better than the meatloaf the first time.
gingerroot October 16, 2014
Well deserved congratulations, Suzanne! It's so true, meatloaf sandwiches are indescribably good. I can't wait to try your recipe.
boulangere October 15, 2014
Well there's a surprise. Not! Warmest congratulations, Suzanne.
Cristina S. October 15, 2014
Big congratulations. I can't wait to try this recipe! If it's anywhere near as good as your meatballs, I know I'm going to love it!
healthierkitchen October 15, 2014
Big congrats on the win, Suzanne!
Kukla October 15, 2014
Many, Many Congratulations on your win Suzanne!!!
drbabs October 15, 2014
Huge congrats Suzanne! I'm so happy for you!
AntoniaJames October 15, 2014
Congratulations! Thrilled to see this. ;o)
lapadia October 15, 2014
A delicious two-time winner :) Congrats!
em-i-lis October 15, 2014
Yay, Suzanne!!! Congrats!!
EmilyC October 15, 2014
Warm congrats Suzanne! I'm not at all surprised that this beauty took the prize. It was fun being in the finalist circle with you! : )
inpatskitchen October 15, 2014
Congratulations Suzanne! Love that meatloaf!!
hardlikearmour October 15, 2014
Congratulations! I could definitely go for a meatloaf sandwich right about now.
aargersi October 15, 2014
Congratulations! Why is meatloaf SO delicious?? Need to make this soon, it's finally cooling off down here
Bevi October 15, 2014
Yay Suzanne!