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Call for Genius Recipe Tips (+ More Greatest Hits)

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Cooked something genius lately? We want to hear about it.

   
   
   

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Genius Recipes runs on community. Every week I humbly ask for your tips -- the game-changing recipes you just heard about at a dinner party or on Twitter, and the flawless ones you've been cooking for years. And you deliver. (Look at all the great stuff Food52ers have found above!)

How can we make guacamole any other way, since LL Stone and Caitlin Freeman (and Roberto Santibañez) showed us this one? Thanks to arielleclementine and Yotam Ottolenghi, now we make polenta from fresh corn in the summer, because we can. And if it weren't for mikeficus and Francis Mallmann, most of us would have no idea that a potato can (and should) be dominoed. Yes, dominoed.

So this is your official reminder: keep them coming! A genius seafood technique? Or one for mushrooms, or okra, or cherries? The cookie or cocktail that made you a local legend? We've got 93 (!) Genius Recipes under our belts -- who knows what else might be out there?

Got a genius recipe to share -- from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected] (or just tell us in the comments!).

Photos by James Ransom

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7 months ago RavensFeast

Even though we're at the tail end of citrus season, these two recipes from Bi-Rite market are brilliant. I think you'd appreciate them: http://www.ourfoodshed...
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about 1 year ago deanna1001

I just rediscovered this incredibly simple corn pudding and think it qualifies as a genius recipe! http://dinersjournal.blogs...

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about 1 year ago Birtiledge

Adding pumpkin to porridge changed breakfast for me. I've tried it 20 different ways and it's all gooood:

http://straighttalkingvegetables...

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about 1 year ago Tmersky

Breakthrough Polenta from Best Recipes of 1999 is incredible. Easy and foolproof.
Butter a large dutch oven, two cups of cornmeal and from 6 to 12 cups of chicken broth, depending on consistency desired. Add one tbl. butter or olive oil and sale. stirl. Bake at 350 uncovered for 1 hr 20 minutes. give a very good stir and bake 10 minutes more. you can add sage (yummy) or cheese. Fabulous!

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over 1 year ago sara diamond

Yum on this: Steamed brocollini and carrots: Wash well (but don't peel the young carrots. Set in a glass pie pan with a little water. Generously salt and pepper. Drizzle with sesame oil. Cover glass pie pan with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for about two minutes. Remove from microwave adn let sit to steam for about 5 minutes before removing plastic wrap. This is delicious and nutritious.

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over 1 year ago sara diamond

Oh - Credit where it is due: I should add that my friend Nancy told me how to do this. Also, you want the carrots to be just past crisp-cooked... fork tender.

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over 1 year ago lauraandakira

crepe cake is genius to me

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

A new twist on a classic greek style 'lasagna'
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago anne edgar

can you please stop volunteering your own recipes on this thread? i mean really.

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about 1 year ago Betty

Ditto

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

An old fashioned, old school, way back in the day classic dessert of simple biscuits baked in sweet milk for a delicious easy sweet happiness making treat.
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

corn on the cob in a pressure cooker, 3 minutes between you and nirvana
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago anne edgar

i count 10 recipes you posted. you really think corn on the cob cooked in a pressure cooker is genius?!

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

an old standby, meatballs with lucious gravy. sometimes you need it.
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

FAST and easy and light and quick Vanilla Sponge cupcake (cakette) with icing of your choice.
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

easiesst and foolproof way to cook brown rice. tender and chewy and nutty and perfect http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

easy southern style tender biscuits, a 3 ingredients and a leap of faith.
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

It's a salad. Cauliflower and bacon and lettuce. No cooking, full flavor. DELICIOUS and easy
http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago Better with lemon

This quick coconut saffron ice cream is amazing: http://betterwithlemon... . And it's a genius recipe because it requires only two cans and some saffron. The ice cream comes out really creamy and it's incredibly easy to scoop out, even straight out of the freezer.

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Here's one I discovered last year...perfect for vegetarians or those with seafood allergies
http://www.bonappetit.com...

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over 1 year ago tracycooksinaustin

Garlic Pull Apart Cheese Bread. Starts with a rustic Italian style dough, then some melting butter, some rolling and some devouring a delicious indulgence. Yeah, there's never ANY left. 90-120 minutes, you can do it from scratch. It's sublime. http://www.tracycooksinaustin...

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over 1 year ago PRST

Cooks Illustrated published a recipe for Almond Biscotti in the November 2012 issue. I've made a lot of biscotti in my lifetime and without a doubt this recipe has the absolute best texture and taste. The secret is using ground almonds to make a texture that is crunchy but not jaw-breaking (like the ones Italians like) or soft and buttery (like so many US recipes). As far as I'm concerned this is a GENIUS recipe and has room for so many flavor variations. Believe me. Try it.

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over 1 year ago breadwhisperer

Dorie Greenspan's Cottage Cheese Pancakes! Easy to make, with ingredients usually on hand, they taste great even with no syrup. I usually snack on one of these slightly sweet, custard-like pancakes while cooking the rest. This is the only recipe my boys wanted to learn before going off to college!

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over 1 year ago pigisyummy

Thomas Keller's technique for seared duck breast is foolproof. You get the crispiest skin with perfectly pink meat.
http://food52.com/recipes...