Contest Winners

Winner of Your Best Gravy

November 17, 2010

Congratulations to sticksnscones, whose Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy won this week's contest for Your Best Gravy -- earning her a $200 gift card from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from Viking and OXO, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!


  Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy

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Q&A with sticksnscones

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My mom has been my biggest influence in the kitchen. She was constantly cooking and  exploring new dishes and cuisines. My access to cooking in the kitchen was limited since she didn't want to deal with the mess that would ensue. As a result I spent endless hours pouring over my Betty Crocker Childrens' cookbooks.... dreaming of all the delicious things that I wanted to create some day. Now I'm making up for lost time and still pore over cookbooks as much as I can. Mom is still cooking like crazy at age 83 and we now share all our culinary adventures. Thanks, Mom!

What's your least favorite food?
Blue cheese. I keep trying to like it but just can't embrace it. AND liver of course.

What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
The first of the season apple pie is always the best. My biggest accomplishment was replicating the Coconut Baked Alaska served at Oleana in Cambridge, MA.

Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.

The time I made an angel food cake using what I thought was cream of tartar. Once the aroma of the cake started pervading the kitchen I realized that I had mistakenly used onion powder instead!

What is your idea of comfort food?
A big bowl of any type of slurpy Asian noodle soup: Nabeyaki soba, Pho, etc. On the sweet side a slice of pie is comfort at any time of day or night.

Apron or no apron?
LOVE Aprons... especially the whimsical ones from Anthropologie.

What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?  
The pie-making scenes from Waitress. I love every aspect of making and eating pie. Pie IS love.

If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Dorie Greenspan. She seems so approachable and I know she would be appreciative of anything cooked from the heart.

You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
I hate to admit it but I am a bit of a control freak in the kitchen. Now that my young adult children are cooking I do enjoy sharing it with them.


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sticksnscones November 18, 2010
This has been a total blast! The Food52 community is really wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your support & kind comments. Happy Thanksgiving!
Kayb November 18, 2010
Congratulations on the win! Can't get my head around the idea of vegetarian gravy, but this DID look good!
aargersi November 18, 2010
Congratulations! SO well deserved! I made this Monday and my husband accused me of hiding a heretofore undisclosed ability to make decent gravy - you saved my reputation! So thanks!!!
Lizthechef November 17, 2010
Looking forward to using your wonderful "all-purpose" gravy - congratulations!
megbennington November 17, 2010
Congratulations!! Yay for vegetarian gravy. I will be trying this for sure.
hardlikearmour November 17, 2010
Congrats. One of my TG guests is vegan, so I'm making the vegan version for the big day.
Midge November 17, 2010
Love the pie scenes from Waitress too, such a cute movie. Congrats on a well-deserved win!
dymnyno November 17, 2010
Congratulations, Your gravy is great!
gingerroot November 17, 2010
Great getting to know you, sticksnscones! I'm with you on the slurpy bowl of Asian soup...I could live on the endless variations of savory broth and noodles. Congratulations again.
sticksnscones November 18, 2010
Thank you so much for your nice comments. We are certainly entering slurpy soup season!
healthierkitchen November 17, 2010
congratulations! Love the Anthropologie aprons too - wish I could make myself put them on before cooking.
Kitchen B. November 17, 2010
Congratulations. I made this over the weekend for a potluck, it turned out great and used up my stash of dried mushrooms which hitherto had languished unloved! Leftovers were loving ladled over boiled potatoes...thank you
sticksnscones November 18, 2010
Glad to hear that you & your friends enjoyed the gravy. This has been so much fun.