Contest Winners

Winner of Your Best Cauliflower Recipe

October 20, 2010

Congratulations to TheThinChef, whose Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata Bread Crumbs won this week's contest for Your Best Cauliflower Recipe -- earning her a $200 gift card from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from Viking and OXO, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!


TheThinChef  Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata Breadcrumbs 

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Q & A with TheThinChef




  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.

  • The one that always comes to mind is cooking breakfast with my grandma Mary. She always told me that there's no wrong way to cook; you should always just make what you like. She helped me feel comfortable in the kitchen.


  • What's your least favorite food?

  • I find offal...awful.


  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?

  • I made a beautiful Iranian beef stew that was really delicious. I love the mixture of spices and rich, brothy sauces of the Middle East.


  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.

  • The time I set a pan of potatoes on fire under the broiler comes to mind; my Silpat is forever marred. (But still in working order!) I don't think I'll forget the sight of bright orange flames shooting out at my face as I opened the oven door.


  • What is your idea of comfort food?

  • Pasta with butter and Parmesan. It was a childhood favorite, and it still is today.


  • Apron or no apron?

  • Apron if I'm wearing something worth protecting.


  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?

  • The lunch scene in The Breakfast Club. I think the stereotypes are so perfectly '80s: sushi for the prissy girl, mounds of food for the jock, a greasy paper bag for the bad boy, Coke and a cereal-pixie sticks sandwich for the weirdo.


  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?

  • Ruth Reichl.


  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood.

  • It totally depends on my mood whether I want people in the kitchen or not. Sometimes I'm feeling controlling and sometimes I'm a little more laid back. But I usually love when my husband helps out, even if he just stirs something while we chat.


  • 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.

  • Since my husband does most of the cleaning up, I try to clean as I go...but it kind of depends on what I'm making. The more complicated the meal, the messier I am!





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nannydeb October 21, 2010
Congratulations! We really enjoyed this recipe!
luvcookbooks October 21, 2010
are you eating blue cotton candy in the bottom photo? i recently saw maple sugar cotton candy at the farmer's market. Do you think it could be considered health food compared to regular cotton candy?
TheThinChef October 21, 2010
Indeed, blue cotton candy. I love it (for shame). Maple sugar cotton candy sounds even yummier!
mrslarkin October 20, 2010
Yay and congrats!
lastnightsdinner October 20, 2010
Whoo hoo! Congratulations, Katie!
Kayb October 20, 2010
Congrats on the win -- sounds like a great recipe!
drbabs October 20, 2010
Congratulations! I've never been a big fan of cauliflower, but I plan to try your recipe when we get some from our CSA (which should be soon).
dymnyno October 20, 2010
Congratulations Thin Chef!! I love that all your pics show you shoving food in your own face!!
TheThinChef October 20, 2010
Haha, thanks! It's what I do best! ;)
lapadia October 20, 2010
Congratulations again! btw - I really relate to your favorite comfort food!
TheThinChef October 20, 2010
It's truly the most comforting meal I know.