The Favorites

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I thought that before moving forward, it’d be fun to take a quick look back. Over the past three years, I’ve made you: 28 kinds bread, 121 breakfasts to start off your day, 48 ways to make not-boring chicken, 49 stews and soups to keep you warm, 37 types of beef for dinner, 12 flavors of ice cream to keep you cool* and 29 cakes to help you celebrate.  And much more.

That’s a lot of food, and while some dishes are surely forgettable, there are those that I come back to in my mind again and again and think, “damn, that was good,” even if I only made it that one time.  They were the dishes that left me with an overwhelming sense of loss from staring at an empty bowl or plate, and those that after eating them five nights in a row, I still craved more.  

These do NOT include my own family recipes because 1) I’d eaten them before and 2) unfair advantage since family recipes are always favorites.  You can find them here.

Remember that some of these were made pre-camera skillz, so trust that they are better than they look.  Also, numerical ordering is random, not from most favorite to least.

*I can’t believe I only made 12 flavors of ice cream for you.  Oh, what you didn’t see…


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  1.  Shakshuka
  2. Crabcake Benedict
  3. Coconut Bread
  4. Eggs Benedict with Risotto Cake and Tomato Jam
  5. Papas con Chorizo
  6. Beignets
  7. Koththu Roti
  8. Biscuits and Gravy
  9. Brown Bread
  10. Hotteok


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  1. Bengali Prawns
  2. Bibimbap
  3. Beef Curry
  4. Grilled Greek Salad
  5. Carnitas
  6. Larb
  7. French Onion Soup
  8. Pulled Pork Tacos with Hard Cider BBQ
  9. La Bomba Risotto
  10. Shorba
  11. Chicken Tagine
  12. Cassoulet
  13. Pumpkin and Tomato Soup
  14. Beef Rendang
  15. Philly Cheesesteak


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  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  2. Victoria Sponge Cake
  3. Crunchie Rocks
  4. Sri Lankan Rich Cake
  5. Meskouta
  6. Caramel Swirled Buttermilk Ice Cream
  7. Creme Brûlée Cake
  8. Chocolate Bread Pudding
  9. Macadamia Nut Brittle Ice Cream
  10. Ghanaian Hot Chocolate

So there you have it- my Top 35 list.  It was really hard to narrow it down, but if you’re going to make any of the recipes you see here, I’d start with these.

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