Contest Winners

Winner of Your Best Short Ribs

January 19, 2011

Congratulations to Minimally Invasive, whose Short Rib Ragu won this week's contest for Your Best Short Ribsearning her a beautiful 3 1/2 Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!


Minimally Invasive  Short Rib Ragu

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Q&A with Minimally Invasive

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • I come from one of those big Southern families where even relatives who don't like to cook still do a pretty good job of it, so I was always surrounded by great food. But the first time I remember thinking about food and my role in preparing it was at a church crab boil when I was 4 or 5 years old. An older congregant was appalled that my parents were picking my portion for me, so he took it upon himself to teach me, and not completely patiently. It was a little scary at first, but SO exciting to conquer something that seemed so far beyond me just a few minutes earlier! That short lesson taught me to be fearless in the kitchen. Oh, sure, pie crust will always vex me, but I know I COULD get the best of it someday if I applied myself.
  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Anything with mint. Can't abide the flavor.
  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • I just made my first pavlova and after seeing how easy it is, I'm mourning all those years spent pavlova-less.
  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • My oven fries are a running joke in this house. Whenever I threaten to make them, my husband gets his car keys ready just in case they're spot-welded to the pan again.
  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  •  Mac & cheese or, ok, just cheese. As long as cheese is involved, I'm comforted.
  • Apron or no apron?
  • Apron. I'm a spectacularly messy cook. 
  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • Bob Balaban having a moment of ecstasy while eating his jelly sandwich in Ghost World.
  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • My husband. See kitchen disaster question above.
  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • 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 I cook.

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Kitchen B. January 20, 2011
Congratulations, I love your blog!
monkeymom January 20, 2011
Congrats on your win! Hope to see more lots more from you.
mrslarkin January 20, 2011
Congrats on the win!!! So nice getting to know you. Great blog! Potato peel fries - genius!! I'm so trying that. And your dogs are beautiful! Are they rescues?
Minimally I. January 20, 2011
Hi Mrs. Larkin, pleased to meet you! I was just checking out your profile and noticed you've had sea cucumber. What did you think of it? Can't say I'd seek it out again, but it was nice to cross it off my list of things to try. And yes, our greys are rescues! Great dogs, but terrible racers, lucky for them.
mrslarkin January 20, 2011
I hear greys like to sleep a lot - like me! As for the sea cucumber, yes, it's pretty, um, unique. But if slimey's your thing, then go for it! I suspect it might make an appearance on Saturday night at Great Grandma's 100th birthday party banquet in Flushing (she's Chinese).
Sagegreen January 20, 2011
Congrats! So glad you are a pavlova fan, too. What a great blog you have created.
Minimally I. January 20, 2011
Meringues just send me. Aren't they great? And thanks so much!
TasteFood January 19, 2011
Congratulations! I love your blog and fantastic photos.
Minimally I. January 20, 2011
Thank you!
lastnightsdinner January 19, 2011
Amy, I knew you had a ringer from the day you submitted this ;) Congrats, my friend!
Minimally I. January 19, 2011
Thanks, Jen! You're my inspiration for joining Food52, so it means a lot. :)