Winner of Your Best Recipe for Frosting

November 13, 2013

Congratulations to sdebrango, whose Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache won the contest for Your Best Recipe for Frosting

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I grew up in a food-centered, large Italian family. My earliest recollections are of my Mom and Aunts standing together in the kitchen making the homemade pasta, and my Grandfather proudly showing his barrels of homemade wine. I guess my family -- but especialy my Mother -- was the biggest influence on me and my cooking and kitchen ethics. Everything was homemade, and that's still the way I like to cook today. 

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What's your least favorite kitchen task?
My least favorite kitchen task is unloading the dishwasher, but I'm not sure why. I wish I had a kitchen helper who would do that for me, as my pugs are no help.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
My favorite kitchen tool is a tie between my stand mixer and my hand held mixer -- both, for me, are absolutely indispensible.

What is your idea of comfort food?
I have many favorites but right now I would like braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and apple pie.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I have recounted this horrible disaster before here but it still is in first place for my biggest kitchen disaster. Once, I left a pot of stock on the stove that I thought was on a low simmer. I had just moved into a new house and had a new stove, so I must have set it wrong. I left to pick up my daughter from soccer practice and run a few errands, and I came home to the fire dept at my house, my pot with a blackened chicken on my front lawn, the door broken down, and the kitchen saturated with water and blackened with soot. And I have never left my house again with the stove or oven on.

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Meatballs&Milkshakes December 5, 2013
Congrats Suzanne! Always a big fan!
Christina @. November 20, 2013
Congratulations, again, Suzanne! Well-deserved win!! OMG, your kitchen disaster story is scary!! I had a similarly close-call once when I ran my parents into Hollywood and forgot that I had artichokes on the stove. Luckily, I wasn't gone long and so I ONLY came home to a house filled of smoke and charred artichokes and Le Creuset pot, which they graciously replaced for me (even after I told them the truth!) ;)
thirschfeld November 14, 2013
Congrats Suzanne!!!!
em-i-lis November 14, 2013
YAYAYAY, Suzanne!!! I've already saved this and can't wait to make it!!! Huge congrats!
gingerroot November 14, 2013
Yipee Suzanne! So thrilled for your win. Can't wait to try this.
creamtea November 14, 2013
Congrats, Suzanne. I love your recipes.
Pegeen November 13, 2013
Congratulations! This looks fantastic.
QueenSashy November 13, 2013
fiveandspice November 13, 2013
Yay!!!! <3
drbabs November 13, 2013
Congratulations, Suzanne! XO
Lizthechef November 13, 2013
Big Congrats!!!
Cristina S. November 13, 2013
Woohoo! Big congratulations, Suzanne. Your cakes really set the standard, so this frosting win makes perfect sense. Can't wait to try it soon!
fhp November 13, 2013
How fabulous!
We are all mad about your frosting.
Kukla November 13, 2013
Many, many congratulations Suzanne!!! I am very happy for you!!!
mrslarkin November 13, 2013
Congratulations Suzanne! What a luscious icing. Can't wait to try it.
ChefJune November 13, 2013
Congratulations on the win. That is a spectacular frosting.
darksideofthespoon November 13, 2013
Congratulations! And that kitchen disaster story is terrifying, I leave my house with stock on low all the time! Eek!
hardlikearmour November 13, 2013
Congratulations! I love that you come from such a rich food (and wine) heritage.
cookinginvictoria November 13, 2013
Congratulations, sdebrango! So well deserved. This is one beautiful-looking frosting. Can't wait to try it. Lovely Q&A -- growing up in an Italian family was a formative experience for me too. Your family sounds a lot like mine!
inpatskitchen November 13, 2013
Warmest congrats suzanne!! Well deserved!!