Winner of Your Best Recipe with Cereal

May  1, 2013

The winning recipe, left, and darksideofthespoon on vacation, right.

Congratulations to darksideofthespoon, whose Oatmeal Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cereal!

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Cliché as it may sound, my mom is a huge inspiration for me. From a very early age, I can remember her always reciting "mise-en-place!" as I helped her in the kitchen. She always experimented, and she taught me to be fearless when I cook. Now that I'm a mother, my fearlessness has been kicked into overdrive and I'd like to think my daughter reflects that -- she'll eat anything!

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What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I usually don't mind doing dishes, but I'll procrastinate on anything that has a floury rolling-out process, like the pizza we had last night.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
Life with my KitchenAid is pretty nice, but I'd take a good sharp knife anytime!

What is your idea of comfort food?
Anything ridiculously rich. Right away I think of the Genius Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream & Five Cheeses. We make this about once a year to spoil ourselves!

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I'll never forget this: I was working with a new employee at a restaurant a few years ago, and we had pantry racks that slid around. I asked him to grab something for me, and as he was sliding the racks around, he knocked over a 10 gallon pail of cocoa powder that was teetering on the top shelf. The scene afterwards was reminiscent of a cocoa powder atom bomb going off, and more than a year later, we still found evidence of the disaster.

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JanetFL May 2, 2013
Congratulations on your win! I think I will love this ice cream!
Thank you so much!
inpatskitchen May 2, 2013
Congratulations on the win! Your ice cream looks and sounds heavenly!!
Thanks! I hope you give it a try sometime!
Kukla May 2, 2013
Congratulations! I wish you to have many more winning recipes!
Thank you! Me too ;)
EmilyC May 1, 2013
Congrats dsots (I'm stealing mrslarkin's shorthand!) on your win! I can't wait to dust off the ice cream maker to make this.
Thank you! If you try it, let me know what you think! :)
em-i-lis May 1, 2013
congrats, dark side!!
Thanks so much!
Bevi May 1, 2013
Thank you, Bevi!
gingerroot May 1, 2013
Congrats on the win! Looking forward to making this soon.
I hope so! Thank you so much, let me know how you like it.
QueenSashy May 1, 2013
Congrats! Such a great recipe and well deserved win!
Thank you! Your recipe looks divine and gave me a good run for my money! Cheese-cookie-crumbles on pasta? Yes please!
ChefJune May 1, 2013
Big Congrats, Dark Side! I've been making ice cream (and recipes for it) for at least 30 years, but never thought of this one. It's definitely on my to-do list for summer.
Thank you! I'm a big ice cream fan myself and the plain old contenders get a little boring after a while. This was a fun creation and I'm so excited that you are going to try it!
pierino May 1, 2013
Congratulations and well deserved. Yeah, I learned to cook from my Mom too from the age of six, the year I quit smoking. But my mom wouldn't have known mise en place from the empty milk bottles outside the door.
Thank you so much, pierino. Your comments always give me a good chuckle!
mrslarkin May 1, 2013
congrats dsots! we love ice cream.
Thank you! & I love "dsots" (I laughed out loud).
hardlikearmour May 1, 2013
Congratulations! I will definitely be cracking out the ice cream maker this weekend -- it's supposed to be perfect weather for eating ice cream for breakfast.
Thank you, I am ecstatic! I hope you give it a try, it is getting beautiful out.. definitely prime ice cream season!