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15 Recipes that Sing to Us (and Just in Time for The Grammys)

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Like it or not, this is the season of winners and losers. Between political primaries, last weekend's big game, awards shows, of course, the most anticipated contest of all (at least around here), February can feel like one big rat race. Amidst all that competition, it’s nice to take a step back and celebrate the virtues of all things good, rather than be forced to declare a victor.

In honor of the Grammy Awards this Monday, we’d like to honor those dishes that really sing. From elaborate symphony orchestras to one-ingredient shows, here are 15 harmonious numbers that are all winners in our eyes.

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The Star Soloists:

The Beyoncés, Chers, and Eltons of the food world, these dishes need no further introduction. (Nor back-up singers.)

Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée
Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates

The Barbershop Quartet:

These hit every note—salty, sweet, bright, and rich. The individual flavors don't compete for your attention; rather, they work together to create a sum greater than its parts.

Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar Sauce
Chicken in Red Wine Vinegar Sauce
Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta Salata
Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta Salata
Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola
Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola

The Rock 'n Rollers:

A little rebellious, a lot flavorful, these recipes push the envelope. Whether they pair pork with more pork, give the humble carrot the VIP treatment, or present the option to let loose with brownies, these dishes party like the rock stars they are.

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Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers
Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers
The Edgiest Carrots Have Ever Been
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The Edgiest Carrots Have Ever Been
Mario Batali's Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies
Mario Batali's Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies

The Jazz Ensemble:

Smooth, refined, and meditative, these are recipes you can unwind with.

Toasted Coconut and Almond Butter
Toasted Coconut and Almond Butter
Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken
Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Chocolate Bundt Cake

The Full Symphony Orchestra:

With ingredient lists that rival the number of instruments in the New York Philharmonic, these dishes still manage to stay on on the right side of "cacophonous."

Everything I Want to Eat, in One Salad
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Everything I Want to Eat, in One Salad
Fatted Calf's Meatloaf
Fatted Calf's Meatloaf
The Pantry Cookie
The Pantry Cookie

What recipes sing to you? Let us know in the comments!

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