Winner of Your Best Pudding

March  9, 2011

Congratulations to Midge, whose Burnt Caramel Pudding won this week's contest for Your Best Puddingearning her a beautiful Mauviel M365 Copper 0.8-Qt. Double Boiler 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 Midge

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Rolling out dough -- for what I don’t remember -- with my grandmother when I was little. She gave me a kid-sized rolling pin that I still have and sometimes use. I don’t know if that memory has anything to do with it, but I think working with any kind of dough is really grounding. You forget about everything else.

What's your least favorite food?
I’ve never liked broccoli.

What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
Hmm, I made a killer Bolognese with chicken livers a few weeks ago.

Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
It’s a toss-up. Once, when I was processing jars of plum jam in a pot that wasn’t quite tall enough, the water boiled over and fried the digital ‘motherboard’ of the stove in the house where I was housesitting. Those suckers are not cheap.

Then there was the time I attempted to make my own natural starter. After following Nancy Silverton’s instructions for three weeks, which entailed feeding the starter three times a day (which pretty much kept me chained to the house since I lived in a fairly isolated place at the time) the first loaf I baked didn’t rise, or even budge. I ended up tossing the whole frothing mess out in frustration and gave away Silverton’s book, my pizza stone, and assorted bread-making paraphernalia. In retrospect, I should’ve been more patient.

What is your idea of comfort food?
I don’t know why because I didn’t grow up eating it, but borscht always makes me feel better.

Apron or no apron?
For project-type cooking, I wear an apron, but not if I’m just making dinner.

What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?

I love that My Dinner with Andre is one big food scene, though I can’t remember anything they ate.

If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
My mom is a force of nature in the kitchen and she rarely lets anyone help, much less cook for her. She totally deserves a showstopping dinner, but I’d probably have to chain her to her chair while I cooked.

You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
Ideally with friends or family who know their way around my kitchen.

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 love the idea of leaving the kitchen in a shambles for others to take to care of, but in reality I can’t help cleaning as I cook.

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wanderash March 11, 2011
Congrats Midge. I knew this was a winner when you first posted it. It had me licking the screen. YUM!
LocalSavour March 10, 2011
Congratulations Midge! What a fantastic recipe I can't wait to try it.
Sagegreen March 10, 2011
Congrats, Midge. You have so many stellar recipes, this one among them. Funny that the wonderful wild card win this week is broccoli, something you don't like. Maybe Arielle's recipe can change your mind there.
TasteFood March 10, 2011
Congratulations, Midge! You had me with burnt+caramel!
thirschfeld March 9, 2011
glad to see you in the winners circle, again. Really nice recipe.
nannydeb March 9, 2011
Congratulations Midge!
TheWimpyVegetarian March 9, 2011
Many congrats Midge on a fabulous winning pudding!!!!
fiveandspice March 9, 2011
Midge March 9, 2011
Thanks to all for your support and lovely comments. I love being a part of such a talented and gracious community. You all have taught me so much! I never did replace my pizza stone, aargersi, but maybe it's about time!
mrslarkin March 9, 2011
Yay Midge!! Congrats!
TiggyBee March 9, 2011
Yay Midge! I'm doing my *told me so* dance right now! So happy for you!!
testkitchenette March 9, 2011
Many many congrats!
aargersi March 9, 2011
Congratulations Midge! Did you get another pizza stone?
Stirnourish March 9, 2011
Great Q&A! Can't wait to try your recipe. Congratulations!!!
gingerroot March 9, 2011
Yay, Midge! Congrats again, I loved reading your Q & A (my mom is the same way in the kitchen - I had to chuckle when I read your answer. I'd probably have to do the same!).
drbabs March 9, 2011
Congratulations! My mother is like that, too! (But then, so am I....hmmmmm)
Midge March 9, 2011
I should come clean and say I'd probably be the same way!
boulangere March 9, 2011
Yay, yay, hooray for you!
cheese1227 March 9, 2011
Congrats!! For your recipe and for that lovely, lovely pot!
lapadia March 9, 2011
Congrats again, Midge, on your Book2 win!!
hardlikearmour March 9, 2011
Lovely to read your Q&A! How funny that the wildcard winner this week is broccoli! Congrats on a a well-deserved win!