Meet the Winner of Your Best Recipe with Dried Fruit

March 30, 2016

A big congratulations to danielle_centoni, whose Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Figs and Apricots was voted Your Best Recipe with Dried Fruit. Here's a little more about her!

What's your least favorite food?
Marmite. I've tried, but I just don’t get it.

What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
A really rich three-cheese asparagus strata for a spring brunch. Big, fat dollops of scallion pesto help cut the richness and make it powerfully flavorful yet still springtime-y.

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What is your idea of comfort food?
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a big cup of coffee (for breakfast) or a big glass of cold milk (for lunch). And a big, bad, old-school lasagna for dinner.

Danielle_centoni herself!

Apron or no apron?
No apron, simply because I’m too lazy and forgetful to put one on. But I aspire to be an apron-wearer. My shirts would thank me.

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Top Comment:
“Would love to meet up.”
— ChefJune

What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
I love the Italian feast in Big Night. It's made with so much care, and with such high hopes, and consumed with so much enthusiasm. It’s a great metaphor for how living an authentic life feeds your soul.

Danielle_centoni's grandmother's bowl, full of tapioca.

Who is someone you'd love to cook for, and why?
It may sound trite, but I’d love to cook just one more time for my grandma, who passed away when my food career was just starting. She’s the one who inspired me to take this path in the first place, and who championed all of my crazy cooking escapades as a teen. I think of her every time I cook, and always wish she was there with me to try whatever it is I'm making.

Ever since I was a young girl, I'd make her favorite tapioca pudding in her prettiest blue bowl every time I visited her. It's one of the first things she taught me how to make. I inherited her bowl when she passed away, and whenever life feels overwhelming, I pull it out and make tapioca. Just looking at the bowl gives me strength.

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Elisa March 30, 2016
I will be trying your recipe soon. Would love to try that magical tapioca pudding too. Loved the story.
danielle_centoni April 14, 2016
Thanks Elisa! For me, that pudding is the food equivalent of a big giant hug.
ChefJune March 30, 2016
Congratulations, Danielle. Loved your answers, and your recipe is going on my "try me" list. I hope you're coming to IACP this weekend. Would love to meet up.
danielle_centoni April 14, 2016
Thanks Chef June!! I didn't realize this q&a was posted until just now so I totally missed your comment. It would've been great to meet up at IACP. We'll have to make a plan for next year.
drbabs March 30, 2016
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!
danielle_centoni April 14, 2016
Thank you so much Barbara!!