Contest Winners

Winner of Your Best Dip

February  2, 2011

Congratulations to singing_baker, whose Roasted Fennel and White Bean Dip won this week's contest for Your Best Dip, earning her a Michael Aram Wisteria Serve Tray from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!



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Q&A with singing_baker

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • When I got my first issue of Martha Stewart Living. It was an October issue and I love autumnal food. I made this wild rice and apple soup served in a pumpkin shell and everyone was blown away. I tend to like rustic food with upscale twists and I felt that this soup was humble, but then placed in a roasted pumpkin bowl upscaled it and made it outstanding.
  • What's your least favorite food?
  • There aren't many but one I can't stand is okra. Slimy!
  • What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
  • The best thing I made this year would have to be Tyler Florence's Seared Salmon with Mustard Braised Brussels Sprouts. It's from his new cookbook Tyler Florence Family Meal. It is amazing -- there are so many components but they all complement each other beautifully. He even pairs it with a beef demi-glace, which you'd think wouldn't work but it does. And then he tops it with pancetta and potato chips. Perfection!
  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • One sticks out in my mind as being the worst. I decided to make my own wedding cake when I got engaged and instead of doing something simple it had to be the ultimate wedding cake. This was not a wise decision and many people warned me but I tend to be very stubborn. I had made some tiered cakes in the past and thought it wouldn't be a problem. Months in advance I constructed many sugar flowers such as roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies and so on. Two days before the wedding I decided I would put the cake together. My mistake was putting the sugar flowers on the cake that day as opposed to the day of. They were cascading down the right side of the cake and, as time passed, the cake started to tilt little by little. By the day of the wedding it was the leaning tower of cake. But you know what? It still tasted delicious, which I guess is what's really important anyway.
  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • My idea of comfort food is definitely some sort of pasta. Either some fresh pappardelle noodles with bolognese or mac and cheese.
  • Apron or no apron?
  • Apron! The worst is getting flour on yourself when you are wearing dark clothing. Actually the other day I got chocolate ganache on a brand new white wool sweater from J Crew. I wanted to die. LOL.
  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • This is pretty random but I love the scene in Sideways when Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church go out to eat with Virigina Madsen and Sandra Oh and they're eating great food and drinking great wine -- that scene always stuck out to me, not to mention it is a great movie. 
  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • Without a doubt Martha Stewart, she is my idol! If she could bring a date I would tell her to bring Dan Barber because I love him too. 
  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • Alone. When other people are in the kitchen they seem to get in the way. It's just more efficient to do it by myself. Maybe when I get a bigger kitchen I'll try to cook with others.
  • 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.
  • Without a doubt I leave the kitchen a total wreck. It usually looks like a bomb went off. At the moment, my husband and I don't have a dishwasher -- it's terrible and there are always dishes everywhere! I always invite my mother-in-law over to dinner because she loves to do dishes. 

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Waverly February 3, 2011
mrslarkin February 3, 2011
Congrats, singing_baker! That is one impressive disaster! Kudos for trying it!
testkitchenette February 2, 2011
Congrats, lovely recipe!
healthierkitchen February 2, 2011
Congratulations! Look forward to making this great sounding recipe!
cheese1227 February 2, 2011
Oh my, you will have to forgive me if I stereotyped a "singing baker" as a portly gal. You certainly do not fit that bill!! Congrats on your win.
singing_baker February 4, 2011
lol Thanks! After the holidays I actually feel a little portly I have to stop making casseroles with cream and cheese!
Kitchen B. February 2, 2011
Congratulations singing_baker....well done
hardlikearmour February 2, 2011
Congrats! Love your caketastrophe story. Only a crazy person would make their own wedding cake ;)
lastnightsdinner February 2, 2011
Congratulations, and thanks for such a wonderful recipe!
singing_baker February 4, 2011
nannydeb February 2, 2011
Congratulations! I can relate to your wedding cake disaster because I catered my own wedding. I wouldn't recommend that either!
nannydeb February 2, 2011
Oh, but I didn't make my own wedding cake...
singing_baker February 4, 2011
That is also crazy! We are both apparently nuts haha
cookinginvictoria February 2, 2011
Congratulations, singing_baker. What a great Q&A. I am dishwasher-less as well, so I know what you mean about always having dishes to do. Look forward to trying your dip!
Sagegreen February 2, 2011
What a great dip. Congrats. Fun to get to know you with your q & a. I hope you have photos of your wedding cake before and after the slide!
singing_baker February 4, 2011
Yes I do I always show the ones before the slide haha.
drbabs February 2, 2011
Congratulations, singing_baker! So nice to get to know you!