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  • MrsWheelbarrow (at left, with her mom in Sienna) and her winning mushroom soup

MrsWheelbarrow is a landscape designer and blogger living in Washington D.C. who has been a pillar of the food52 community since the beginning. We love her recipes for their precision and clarity, their hyper-seasonality and their humor (see Don’t Tell My Cardiologist Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich and Swearing Like a Sailor Stuffed Eggplant -- though she promises we'll be cursing the whole way through, we find ourselves wanting to make the darn things anyway). MrsWheelbarrow has won top honors for her Creamy Mushroom Soup, scored finalist status for her Plum Sauced Pork Tenderloin and her Challah, Mushroom, and Celery Stuffing, and landed on our Editors' Pick list more times than we can count -- have we forgotten anything? She also teaches cooking and canning classes and, just yesterday, hosted the D.C. area food52 potluck brunch. MrsWheelbarrow, you are our hero.

See MrsWheelbarrow's profile page and fan her here. Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Sea Cucumber in Hong Kong
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Fresh pasta with garlic, parsley and LeBlanc pine nut oil
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    10" Wustof chef knife
  • Your ideal meal:
    Certainly there would be oysters on the half shell, lamb shanks braised forever, spring peas, mache, shallot vinagrette, great bread, butter, ethereal cheeses, fresh apricots and bittersweet chocolate, espresso and a cookie.
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Spaghetti Carbonara with Ruth Reichl.
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Leaving the dishwasher door open
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    I rely on Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Classic Italian Cooking, Taste of Country Cooking, Bouchon, and The Cook and The Gardener as well as 3 massive binders of my own, my family’s and clipped-from-magazines recipes.