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Congratulations to Amanda, whose Peach Tart won the A&M Summer Smackdown! And Merrill may have lost, but she still gets a Q&A for being a good sport (read on below).

Amanda  Peach Tart

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Winner's Q&A with Amanda

  • Merrill has won the past two A&M smackdowns. How does it feel to finally win?
  • Not sure how Merrill has handled this much glory, so often. 

 

  • Anyone or anything you'd like to thank for your victory?
  • I'd like to thank my mother, who lets me rip off her recipes. She is The Giving Tree of recipes.

 

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  • What's the best thing you've cooked recently?
  • This tart. All downhill from here.

 

  • What do you hope the next smackdown will be?
  • Anything but Merrill's sweet spot: creme fraiche.

 

Merrill  Fresh Peach Tartlets

Loser's Q&A with Merrill

  • How does it feel to finally lose?
  • It feels terrible!


  • Anyone or anything you'd like to blame for your defeat?
  • I'd like to blame Amanda's mother for passing on such a darned good tart recipe. Even my own family turned on me when they tasted Amanda's tart.


  • In the interest of good sportsmanship: what is your all-time favorite recipe of Amanda's?
  • This peach tart may just be it! But her Chocolate Dump-It Cake is also not to be missed.


  • What is the best thing you've cooked recently?
  • Amanda's peach tart! Aside from that, I recently made the Genius Sticky Balsamic Ribs for the second time this month -- they're just amazing.

 

  • What do you hope the next smackdown will be?
  • Something involving lots of dairy products -- I'm good with those.