Winner of Your Best Dinner Rolls

December 29, 2010

Congratulations to monkeymom (her monkeys pictured below), whose Heavenly Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls won this week's contest for Your Best Dinner Rolls -- earning her a lovely 6-piece bakeware set from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from Viking, OXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!


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Q&A with monkeymom

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
  • My parents almost always made Chinese food when I was growing up. So, in order to have anything different, my brother and I learned to make a few things. My brother learned how to make Buffalo chicken wings and tacos. I learned how to make fettucini alfredo. I once even got really ambitious and made prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, even though I'd never eaten Yorkshire pudding before. My parents were really supportive and happy to eat what we cooked.
  • What's your least favorite food?
  • I really don't like sea cucumber. I don't think I'll ever get over that it looks like a big slimy slug.
  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • I've been obsessed with the Tartine Bread cookbook by Chad Robertson. I fell in love with the bread and am very happy that I can make it at home now! I've learned a lot about bread making from it and am overcoming my fear of foreign sounding terms like "poolish".
  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • Not that spectacular but I recently lit an oven mitt on fire when I left it too close to the stove top. "Hmm, what's that smell? Uh oh!" 
  • Apron or no apron?
  • I actually bought a cool-looking denim apron... but still don't use it much.
  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • There are many scenes in Eat Drink Man Woman that show amazing food preparation. The end scene always gets me when the daughter and dad connect over her soup. 
  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • Someday, I will be very happy to cook for my future grandchildren. 
  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • With others! Cooking food together is the best bonding experience.
  • 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
  • C. But I'm trying to do A more because being left with B or C is a pretty awful way to end an evening.



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Daphne January 1, 2011
Love the photo of your amazing bread, my mother in law made the board it's sitting on :) Thanks to you, we got the Tartine Bread Book! My A. says it's her favorite story ever... love how these books tell you stories about the people.
Hope to cook with you this year! I admire how you juggle everything, and love your sense of humor! happy New Year! xo Daphne
Midge December 30, 2010
Congrats monkeymom! Your rolls and country loaf are gorgeous.
drbabs December 30, 2010
Congratulations, monkeymom, and thank you so much for the inspiration to join the bread bakers' club!
gingerroot December 30, 2010
Love reading your Q & A, congratulations again, monkeymom!!
Jennifer A. December 29, 2010
Congratulations! I cannot wait to try these (I am a novice baker, and inspired by your daring to jump in to bread-making)
mrslarkin December 29, 2010
Congrats monkeymom! Oh, and we have a mutual dislike of sea slug. At one of the first chinese new year banquets I attended when I started dating my husband, (his mom is chinese) I sampled some of the slimey "delicacy" to impress everyone. I never ate it again! Gross doesn't begin to describe it.
monkeymom December 29, 2010
Thanks food52 for the cool looking gold bakeware! Can't wait to mess'm all up. And thanks to all the food52 members who are so inspiring and knowledgable, especially AntoniaJames. To echo hardlikearmour's sentiments - this would not have been possible without her! From writing delicious recipes with detailed instructions, organizing the Bay Area food52 potlucks, encouraging everyone all the time, and having amazingly high standards. I'm very grateful to this modest and wonderful lady.
SallyCan December 29, 2010
Congratulations, monkeymom; your rolls look delicious! And you couldn't have said it any better about "AJ" ;)
Sagegreen December 29, 2010
Great Q & A. So nice to learn more about you. Congrats!!!
monkeymom December 29, 2010
Thanks so much Sagegreen!
lastnightsdinner December 29, 2010
monkeymom December 29, 2010
Thanks so much for your good wishes LND!
lapadia December 29, 2010
Nice Q&A, love the Tartine Bread. As I am writing this I have your winning dough in the fridg rising, I am baking them in a 15 x 10 x 2 pyrex baking dish - making 15 slider size sandwich buns, yum, can't wait to try them!
monkeymom December 29, 2010
Thanks lapadia! I hope you like them.
aargersi December 29, 2010
Hurrah MonkeyMom! You are in the Great Bread Bakers club now!!! Love the beach photo. And you know I have made your mom's criss cross eggplant quite a few times and I have not burnt the garlic and it is WONDERFUL. AND - completely agree on the sea cucumber issue - have not tried it, could not get past LOOKING at it. Ick.
monkeymom December 29, 2010
Yay for eggplant! Boo for sea cucumber! I think you are right aargersi. I feel like I've crossed a bread making threshold now!