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We partnered with Casper Mattresses—the bed that arrives directly at your door, packed up small—to share the meals that we dream about. Read on for a code to get $50 off a Casper mattress. 

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Really, is it any surprise we dream about fried chicken, pizza, and cinnamon rolls slathered in icing? Sure, there's the occasional nightmare involving shrinking pie crusts or biscuits that are hard as rocks, but most of the time it's smooth sailing—on scoops of sorbet, if you will. The only downside is waking up and realizing that plate of pancakes was nothin' but an image conjured during REM. It's enough to make you bolt upright and head to the kitchen right then and there. So here are 20 dishes we dream about—organized by meal, of course—and how to make them.

Breakfasts to wake-up for: 

Lavender-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with Crème Frâiche by Fig Test Kitchen and Cinnamon Rolls by erinmcdowell

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Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich by pipsplate and Shirley Corriher's Touch-of-Grace Biscuits by Genius Recipes

  

 

Lovely little lunches (and snacky things): 

Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce by Justforlicks and Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter by Genius Recipes

  

 

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad by Nicholas Day and Momofuku Pork Buns by Merrill Stubbs

  

 

Dinners to dream of:

Braised Onion Sauce by Kenzi Wilbur and Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Brie by Merrill Stubbs

  

 

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes and Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers by Genius Recipes

  

 

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie by Genius Recipes and Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

  

 

Goodnight, sweetheart: 

Frozen Piña Colada by Samantha Weiss Hills and Black Raspberry Ice Cream by Merrill Stubbs

  

 

Chocolate Sorbet and Focaccia Ice Cream Sandwiches by Kenzi Wilbur and Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie by Genius Recipes

  

 

Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake by Sarah Jampel and The Pantry Cookie by Nicholas Day

  

What are your dream foods? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos by Karen Mordechai (fried chicken), James Ransom, Bobbi Lin, and Mark Weinberg

We partnered with Casper Mattresses to share the meals we dream about. Enter the code "food52" at checkout for $50 off any size mattress, and you'll get 100 days to decide to keep it—based on how many cookies you dream about, of course. (Offer ends September 30, 2015; one code per transaction.)

Tags: menu ideas, dream foods, pizza, fried chicken