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Winner of Your Best Recipe with Cardamom

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Congratulations to SavvyJulie, whose Clementine Pound Cake won this week's contest for Your Best Recipe with Cardamomearning her a beautiful Chroma Titanium Spice Grinder from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!



Q&A with SavvyJulie

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • My dad and I used to make chocolate chip pancakes on the weekends. When the pancakes folded in on themselves when I tried to flip them, we'd try to figure out what they looked like. We ended up with a lot of "lion" and "heart" pancakes at the beginning! It taught me that cooking is meant to be fun and to make the most of your mistakes.

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • Olives. I've tried them again and again, but to no avail...I still don't like them!

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • I took up canning last summer, and my first attempt at jelly was an utter flop. I let the jelly cook for too long, and it was rock-hard once it cooled! You can imagine how fun those jars were to clean out...

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Warm carbs. Fresh bagels, macaroni and cheese... mmmm.

  • Apron or no apron?
  • Apron!

    • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
    • The scene in One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer's character and the kids where they are all eating at Serendipity and sharing sundaes and frozen hot chocolate. 

    • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
    • My gramma on my mom's side of the family.

    • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
    • a. Alone. (usually)

    • 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.
    • I try for "a. clean as you cook," but it often ends up being more like "c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse to clean"....