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Sometimes I like to make simple food, and sometimes I make recipes that leave my peers questioning my sanity (and social life).

Hey, skillet cookie, lookin' good.
Hey, skillet cookie, lookin' good. Photo by James Ransom

When I tell text them I’m making such-and-such recipe—last week, squashducken; week before that, 8-page-recipe meatloaf—responses generally contain one or more of the following:

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-omg -omfg -wtf -whatttt -whoaaah -!!!! -?! -?!!!! -. . . ? -amazing -ahhmazing -[bug eye emoji] -holy [expletive]

The recipes range from “why haven’t I done this forever?” ridiculous-good to “who would do this to themselves?”—and yet still ridiculous-good.

Either way, there’s no trumping these recipes—no improving upon, no besting, no waxing poetic. It’s game over, roll the credits. And perfect your mic drop technique:

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Here are the dishes that we pretend broke the internet, but really just make us happy:

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Deep-Dish Cherry Pie

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Makes one fatty 9-inch pie, serves 12 to 15

For the pie crust:

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 (12 ounces) sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup ice water, plus more as needed

For the finished pie:

  • 4 pounds sour or sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • egg wash, as needed for finishing
  • turbinado sugar, as needed for finishing
  • Heavy cream, for serving (optional)
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There are four pounds of cherries.

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Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie

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Makes one 9-inch deep-dish pie

For the crust:

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup ice water, plus more as needed

For the filling and assembly:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen peas
  • Egg wash, as needed for finishing
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Imagine a chicken pot pie where every bite has a significant amount of crust. This is that pie.

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Egg in a Bagel Hole

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Makes 2
  • 1 bagel
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
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The bottom gets griddled. And you stick an egg in a bagel hole. What other questions do you have?

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French Toast Sticks

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Serves 4 to 6

For the toast:

  • Eight 3/4 inch-thick slices brioche or challah, preferably day-old

For the batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • A large pinch ground cloves
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for deep-frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Fresh fruit, fruit compote, stewed fruit, etc., for serving
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Hello these are deep-fried.

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Sweet Squashduckens

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Makes 4
  • 4 medium-sized red kuri squash (or another variety of similar size and shape). Imagine fitting one apple in the middle; if you think it’ll work, that’s your squash.
  • 4 medium-sized apples that will fit in your squash, peeled and cored
  • 2 ripe but firm pears (think Bartlett, Bosc, D’Anjou), peeled and chopped into smallish (1/4-inch) cubes
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
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It's like turducken but for dessert.

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Squashducken (The Mammoth Stuffed Squash) with Sage-Hazelnut Pesto

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Serves 20? 25?

For the squash

  • 4 to 6 edible squash, ranging in size from very large to very small (the most important thing is that you are able to nest them snugly inside of one another)

  • Equipment: a roasting pan large enough to snugly secure the largest squash; very sharp knives for cutting; spoons for carving and scooping; 2 large bowls for all your squash debris; a great attitude!


For the pesto and the assembly:

  • 1/2 cup sage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus for more rubbing

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2/3 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup crumbled ricotta salata
  • Salt and pepper, for sprinkling
  • Fresh breadcrumbs (I like mine to be fairly coarse), for sprinkling
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
  • Smoked paprika or other spices of your choice, for sprinkling
  • Loaf of tender bread like challah or brioche, cubed, optional and as needed
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A squash in a squash in a squash in a squash in a squash in a squash.

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Lacinato Kale Gratin

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Serves 6 to 8, as a side
  • 3 medium (or 2 large) bunches lacinato kale, ribs removed, torn into roughly 3-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (use the good stuff!)
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Three heads of kale, three cups of heavy cream, one dish.

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Chocolate-Covered Matzo

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Serves 10 to 12
  • 4 to 6 sheets of matzo (depending on how thick you like the chocolate layer)
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 14 ounces kosher for Passover semi-sweet chocolate
  • 14 ounces kosher for Passover milk chocolate
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You spread butter and sugar over the matzo before it even meets chocolate.

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Pasta Pie with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

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Makes one 9 inch pie
  • 1 1/2 pounds bucatini or other long pasta
  • 1 recipe Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce (https://food52.com/recipes/13722-marcella-hazan-s-tomato-sauce-with-onion-and-butter)
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, grated (as best you can, larger chunks are okay)
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil, roughly chopped
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There's no crust, but there is 1 1/2 pounds of pasta in the shape of a deep-dish pie.

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Graham Cracker Layer Cake

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Makes two 8-inch round layers
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
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Graham crackers but in cake form.

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Brad Spence's Salted Butter Semifreddo

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Serves 6 to 8
  • 8 egg yolks + 4 egg whites, divided (save remaining 4 egg whites for another use)
  • 3/4 cup 2 tablespoons sugar (175 grams)
  • 1 stick + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate wafers, for serving (optional)
  • Jam, for serving (optional)
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Put one stick of salted butter in this ice cream. Do it.

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Cinnamon Scone Bread

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Makes 1 loaf

For the streusel filling:

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

For the bread:

  • 2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces or 319 grams) all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top of loaf
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, cocoa powder, or espresso powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing on dough
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
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Cronuts are the default answer for "best mashup food." The real answer is this monkey bread, pull-apart bread, and scone hybrid.

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Tomato Soup Cake

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Makes one 2-layer cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • One 10 3/4-ounce can condensed tomato soup (Campbell's is most traditional)
  • 1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Cream cheese frosting
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A can of Campbell's tomato soup turns into cake—it's good, not a dare.

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