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The Top 10 Genius Recipes of 2015 (+ the Ones I'm Hunting in 2016)

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Behold! These are the ten Genius Recipes you all (and we all) loved the most in 2015. There aren't too many surprises here—chewy-crisp chocolate chip cookies that happen to be vegan, magically creamy scrambled eggs, and three kinds of chicken (two of them cooked in milk, you smart creatures!). I didn't see the pickle brine mushrooms coming, but I'm sure glad they're here.

Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
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Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
The Genius Trick for Magically Creamy Scrambled Eggs (in 15 Seconds)
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The Genius Trick for Magically Creamy Scrambled Eggs (in 15 Seconds)
The Genius Ramen Shop Staple That Will Make Your Lunches Better
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The Genius Ramen Shop Staple That Will Make Your Lunches Better
Patricia Wells' Fake Frites
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Patricia Wells' Fake Frites
The Genius Way to Cook Chicken Thighs (That Are Better than Fried)
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The Genius Way to Cook Chicken Thighs (That Are Better than Fried)
The Most Flavorful Zucchini is Also the Simplest Make-Ahead Side
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The Most Flavorful Zucchini is Also the Simplest Make-Ahead Side
Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
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Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
The Genius Secret Ingredient Your Sautéed Mushrooms Are Missing
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The Genius Secret Ingredient Your Sautéed Mushrooms Are Missing
Plot Twist: The Most Genius Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Also Vegan
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Plot Twist: The Most Genius Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Also Vegan
How to Never Overcook Salmon (or Other Fishes) Again
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How to Never Overcook Salmon (or Other Fishes) Again

Thank you to the generous souls—community members and friends—who sent in these recipes.

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Now, I'm thinking ahead to 2016. Below are 16 of my favorite food holy grails, and I haven't stumbled across a genius one yet. I'm counting on you! (And if there's something else you're on the hunt for, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.)

  1. Lasagna
  2. Sourdough bread
  3. Cinnamon rolls
  4. Something with artichokes
  5. Matzo ball soup
  6. Quiche!
  7. Pecan pie, low on the goo
  8. Pho
  9. Coffee cake, preferably with a crumb topping
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Chicken pot pie!
  12. Risotto
  13. Something with sweet potatoes
  14. Juicy chicken breasts (you people seem to like chicken, and I've failed you on this front)
  15. Zucchini bread
  16. Super-flavorful minestrone

Got a genius recipe to share (one of the 16 above, or anything!)—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].

The Genius Recipes cookbook is here—and a New York Times Best Seller! It's a mix of greatest hits from the column and unpublished new favorites—all told, over 100 recipes that will change the way you cook. It's on shelves now, or you can order your copy here.