Winner of Your Best Avocados

July 11, 2012

Congratulations to meganvt01 whose Avocado Crab Rolls won this week's contest for Your Best Avocados!



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1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I spent lots of my summers as a child with my paternal grandparents.  My grandfather was an avid waterman - he taught me how to crab (hard shells and soft shells) and fish (including catching my own bait) in the Chesapeake Bay.  My recipe here on Food52, Oysters Harry, is from him - I was always his side-kick.  My grandmother is an amazing cook who, even at 90, can make any seemingly humble dish taste delicious.  When I was around 8 or 10, she made me (despite my protestations) a poached egg on buttered wheat toast cut into pieces.  It was a revelation and I am still a sucker for anything with a poached egg.  From my grandparents I learned to appreciate our local seafood and game and that anything shared with friends and family tastes better.

2. What's your least favorite food?
Anything over-condimented.  My husband says I should form a group P.A.T.E.U.C.  People Against the Excessive Use of Condiments.

3. What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
These avocado crab rolls. 

4. Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
My first homecooked date for my then-boyfriend, now husband - lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, twice baked potatoes with garlic, cesear salad with tons of garlic.  Tons of garlic does not equal romantic date food.  (or any time I have a skillet in the oven, its a 99% chance I'll grab the handle without an oven mit and burn myself). 

5. What is your idea of comfort food?
Anything that was introduced to me by my family - my mom's chicken soup, dad's cesear salad, aunt alice's stromboli, grandma's left over homemade pie crust rolled up and baked with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

6. Apron or no apron?
Apron - whenever I can remember - otherwise, my clothes are stained constantly. 

7. What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
In the recent movie Bridesmaids, the main character is a baker who lost her bakery due to the economy.  At home, alone and contemplative, she takes the time to cook and beautifully decorate one perfect cupcake.  Then she eats it alone. That's dedication.  

8. If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Barack Obama.  I think our food tastes are in line and I'd love any chance to meet him.

9. You prefer to cook: a) alone; b) with others; c) it depends on your mood.
Always with others - I need almost no alone time. (good thing when you have a toddler). 

10. 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.
Clean as I cook - I like to relax after my meal and not worry about a mess.

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NBrush July 29, 2012
Congratulations, sounds tasty and it will definitely go into the rotation.
hardlikearmour July 24, 2012
Congratulations! This is a must-try recipe!
gingerroot July 13, 2012
Congrats, Megan! Loved reading your q & a and can't wait to try this.
hardlikearmour July 12, 2012
Congratulations! What wonderful childhood memories. I agree with your excessive condiment aversion. I once knew someone who literally put ketchup on every savory dish he ate. Gross!
savorthis July 12, 2012
Congrats- those look tasty and your Q&A brings back memories. I used to get to spend ample time each summer at my Aunt and Uncle's house on Long Island. My fondest memory was fishing for clams in the sand with our toes, catching crabs off the boat, and then riding home on rusty bikes to cook them and sit around the kitchen table picking and eating that sweet, wonderful crab. There is just nothing close here in Colorado so I'm hankering for an ocean visit!
Midge July 12, 2012
Congratulations! I'm with you on the poached egg.
EmilyC July 12, 2012
Congrats Megan! This is such a clever twist on the classic lobster roll and looks so, so good.
aargersi July 12, 2012
Congrats - this looks super delicious and I love hearing about you and your granddad!!!
lapadia July 12, 2012
Congratulations on this delicious win! I had a grandfather who was an avid waterman, too, and because of his crab pots, in our family, the Dungeness crabs were abundant. Yum! PS - I am so with you that any food by family = comfort food!