Winner of Your Best Recipe with Potatoes

December 11, 2013

Congratulations to vvvanessa, whose Wonder Fries won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Potatoes

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
My older brother tells the story about how he taught me, when I was a young adolescent, to make chicken stir-fry since he was going away to college and wouldn't be around to do most of the cooking as he usually did. I made that chicken stir-fry over and over and over again, until finally my younger sister, unable to stomach yet another stir-fry chicken dinner, called my brother and pleaded, "Teach her beef!" I like to think this is a cautionary tale about getting into a cooking rut.

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I always dread having to wash my sheet pans in my small kitchen sink.  

Your favorite kitchen tool?
Oh, there are so many! I couldn't function without my knives. I use my kitchen scale frequently. I find silicone spatulas and scrapers indispensable. And I sure do love a good mixing bowl, which is why I have several, and by "several" I mean I'm a bowl hoarder.

What is your idea of comfort food?
Whatever it is I'm craving at the moment. Sometimes it's chocolate cake; sometimes it's shots of pickle juice. Often it involves cheese and carbs.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I wish there were just one. Add to the list the chocolate crater I made just a couple of weeks ago: It was supposed to be a chocolate birthday cake, but it came out of the oven sunken deeper than the Great Depression. It tasted fine but would have required a small vat of frosting to spackle it into shape. So I made another cake, the upshot being that I got to lick the spoon and bowl twice that night.

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vvvanessa December 19, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind words! Wonder Fries for everyone!
gingerroot December 13, 2013
Well-deserved congrats!! Love your Q & A and can't wait to try your wonder fries!
TheWimpyVegetarian December 12, 2013
Congrats!! Your recipe looks fabulous!
creamtea December 11, 2013
Congratulations! Fun stories. Saving the recipe!
Bevi December 11, 2013
Congrats VVV!
plainhomecook December 11, 2013
You are completely adorable. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and your stories!
bonheurcuisine December 11, 2013
Congrats vvvanesa!
Regine December 11, 2013
Congrats. I may go tonite to the store to get the potatoes and make it for dinner. I already have miso. I can already taste the deliciousness.
Kukla December 11, 2013
Many, many warm congratulations!!!
ChefJune December 11, 2013
These are the most divine potatoes (after my gratin :) ). A rea; hit at Chez Julia.
lapadia December 11, 2013
Congratulations! Love the photo and story :)
Greenstuff December 11, 2013
Wonderful picture, great stories! Congratulations.