About Ailsa Von Dobeneck

About Ailsa Von Dobeneck

1. Who/what is your biggest culinary inspiration and why? 
My auntie (Tante in German), Regina, always stands over the stove with a huge smile on her face.  She makes the most soulful seasonal dishes that just scream “comfort food” and make everyone run to the table. 
 
2. What is your favorite comfort food? 
I could have pasta for every meal, every day, for the rest of time. You can dress it up with cream sauce, pesto, or make it a Bolognese - I don’t discriminate. I love it all. 
 
3. What is the best, most unexpected culinary combination? 
I caramelize fresh sage with sugar in a pan and crumble it when cool. The sweet earthy combination is amazing sprinkled over pork or with blue cheese.
 
4. If you could choose your last meal on earth, what would it be? 
Easy; steak (rare please) with frites and a TON of béarnaise... followed by some pistachio ice cream and a cheese plate. It isn’t light fare but I have no interest in leaving the earth hungry.
 
5. If you could make dinner for any person, living or dead, who would it be? What would you cook for them? 
I would love to have cooked for Darwin - see how evolved his palate was ☺. Apparently, he had a real interest in what strange animals tasted like and often took a bite out of creatures he was studying. In light of his adventurous spirit, I think I would prepare sweetbreads to start then a main of anguilles au vert (eel with a green herb sauce).                                  
 
6. What’s the best culinary advice you’ve ever been given?
Be confident in your cooking and never apologize! Even if it isn’t perfect, your guests will never know. 
 
7. If you could only bring three ingredients to a deserted island, which ingredients would you bring? 
I am going to assume there are coconuts and fish ‘aplenty on this tropical island. I would bring potatoes for my carb fix (and maybe to make vodka if desperate), pancetta for richness and fat, and honey for my occasional sweet tooth.

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