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What *Really* Makes a Genius Recipe Genius?

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Our fearless Creative Director Kristen Miglore has been uncovering them in her column by the same name for five years.

But do you know exactly what it takes to declare a recipe genius? Or where Kristen finds them, how she tests them, or the ones that have taken on a life of their own?

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A Genius, Minimalist White Bean Soup from Marcella Hazan
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A Genius, Minimalist White Bean Soup from Marcella Hazan

This episode of Burnt Toast is dedicated to the answers to all of these questions, and many more—it's a look at the inner workings of Genius Recipes from the genius herself. (It was also an excuse for me to sit down with a friend and colleague and get a little nerdy about cooking, but that's neither here nor there.)

Play the episode above, find it on iTunes, or listen to it using your favorite podcatcher. (Don't have one yet? We're fans of Stitcher.)

As I mention in the episode, we talk about a lot of recipes during the show. We explain many of them as we go, but for those of you who'd like the full recipes, here they are, below. They're listed in the order they're mentioned, and to be honest, all together, they read a little like a greatest hits album might. Enjoy.

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Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola
Ina Garten's Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk
The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream
The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet
The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet
Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
Stuart Brioza's Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter
Stuart Brioza's Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter
Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever
Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever
Rao's Meatballs
Rao's Meatballs
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef
Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef
Diana Kennedy's Carnitas
Diana Kennedy's Carnitas
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies
Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies
Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie
Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

What recipes have you tried that are truly genius? Tell me in the comments.


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