Winner of Your Best Recipe with Beer

January 16, 2013

Congratulations to janeofmanytrade, whose Gingerbread Beer Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Beer! 


1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My earliest food memories are of my great-grandmother. She was Italian -- first generation born in the U.S. -- and she spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals and sweets. When I would come to visit, she would always have a freshly made bowl of Jell-o waiting for me. On special occasions she would make a Jell-o crown jewel cake. To this day, I cannot look at one of those cakes or the similar broken glass desserts without thinking of her.

Shop the Story

2. What's your least favorite food?
When it comes to food, I am probably not as adventurous as one might expect. There are some things I just cannot eat. Raw fish or seafood, no. Organs, whether beef or poultry, no. However, I am just as likely to pass up a dish if it is loaded with cilantro, too!

3. What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
The year is young and I haven't had a chance to make much, but yesterday at work I mixed up a batch of white chocolate chunk cookies with pecans and coconut in them that were pretty incredible -- I ate them warm from the oven.

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
For me, comfort food is anything that makes me feel good. On a cold day or if I am not feeling well, soup will almost always do it. My favorites are generally those that are clear and have lots of veggies in them, but a bowl of white bean and ham soup can do the trick on a cold day. On a hot day, or a particularly stressful day, bring on the ice cream -- chocolate-y and full of chunks and gooey ribbons of caramel and peanut butter.  

5. If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
That show stopping meal would be for one person: my great-grandmother. It would be wonderful to spend a day in the kitchen with her and then have dinner together.


See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • QueenSashy
  • Waverly
  • Kitchen Butterfly
    Kitchen Butterfly
  • Midge
  • aargersi
Food52 (we cook 52 weeks a year, get it?) is a food and home brand, here to help you eat thoughtfully and live joyfully.


QueenSashy January 21, 2013
A big congrats!!! And we share the same sentiment towards cilantro...
Waverly January 18, 2013
Congratulations - I find organs disgusting too (foie gras is the exception). I am going to try your cake. I love a good bundt cake and yours sounds extraordinary.
Kitchen B. January 17, 2013
Many congratulations - what a cast of flavours in that cake. This is what food is about, the celebration of well-known recipes and lesser known ingredients.
Midge January 17, 2013
Congrats! I can't wait to make your cake.
aargersi January 17, 2013
Congratulations! I love your cake as do a slew of my friends. It will be a party staple for sure. Your great grandma sounds like a real gem, what great memories!
hardlikearmour January 16, 2013
Congratulations! Your cake sounds scrumptious.