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Community Picks Recipe Testing—The Best Thing You Ate This Year

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It's that time again—time to help us pick the contest finalists for The Best Thing You Ate This Year!

Any Food52 member is welcome to help us test our Community Pick candidates, so go call dibs on the recipe you'd like to test that's in the list below! We'd love to see some new testers in the mix—remember, we accept up to 3 testers per recipe. And, if the recipe ends up being a Community Pick, we'll publish the best headnote, so make your notes count! Don't forget to email us your notes (no more than 100 words) to [email protected] by next Tuesday, December 29th, at 5 P.M. (EST).

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When you've figured out which recipes are calling your name, sign up by following the link to that recipe's page. There, just above the comments, you'll see a "Test This Recipe" button. Your job is easy: Just click the button, and you’ll receive a confirmation email that officially crowns you a Food52 community tester. If for some reason you decide you cannot test, simply press the button again, and your name will be removed from the list. Act fast—this button will disappear on the Tuesday before your testing notes are due.

We'll collect your comments, name the finalists and official Community Picks, and publish the best headnote for each Community Pick (with credit, of course!). If the recipe you test isn't chosen as a Community Pick, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

The testing period for this contest has closed.

Asian braised short ribs
Banoffee Pie Parfaits
Bucatini Pasta with Pork Ragu
Chinese Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce
Creamy Mushroom and Israeli Couscous
Creamy, Warming Jasmine-White Chocolate Custard (Sachlav)
Gentle Orange-scented, Gingered Honey Cake
Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle
Kulkuls
Lemon and Spinach Orzo Soup
MELT IN YOUR MOUTH MAPLE PECAN POLVORONES
Potato Pizza Bianca
Risotto Milanese & Osso Buco
Ruby and Emerald Jeweled Rice
Sheet Pan Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce
Spinach, Ricotta, and Parmesan Gnocchi
Tarte aux Poires et Chocolat
Thai Braised Pork Belly
Truffle-Pepper Fries, Rosemary Gravy Poutine with Crispy Shallots
Vietnamese sticky wings

Tags: best of the year, 2015, best thing you ate this year