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40 Recipes We Learned By Heart in 2016

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There's always going to be a cool new recipe you've got to try. Have you hasselbacked a squash or replaced the peanut butter in your cookies with tahini yet? We can stop neither time nor "progress."

But the mark of a good recipe—an old faithful—is that you can make it without glancing at your phone (or, for ye old-schoolers, referencing a book). A good recipe is one you're comfortable zhuzhing based on what you want (more spice, more cream) and what you have (no chickpeas, only white beans). Of course it helps if that recipe is fairly simple—all the easier to hold in your head, and all the more likely you'll make it any day of the week.

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Here are the recipes we made so many times in 2016, we (nearly) memorized them. The list starts with cake. Not all on the list were new this year, but all either earned or maintained a spot on our starting line-ups. Add your own memorized-in-2016 recipes to the comments below.

'Twas a year we made flourless chocolate cake every Saturday night...

Elizabeth David's Chocolate Cake
Elizabeth David's Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Rosemary Cream

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Rosemary Cream by Skye | From My Dining Table

Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)

Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake) by Emiko

...and silly-easy sandwiches, courtesy of Ruth Reichl, all days of the summer:

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Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches
Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant and Arugula Sandwiches

We skipped Pinkberry and made a lot of frozen yogurt at home...

Max Falkowitz' Best (and Easiest) Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Max Falkowitz' Best (and Easiest) Frozen Yogurt Recipe by Genius Recipes

Homemade Nutella Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Nutella Frozen Yogurt by Sarah Jampel

...and started doing all sorts of crazy things to our morning (and noon, and night) eggs.

Egg in a Bagel Hole

Egg in a Bagel Hole by Ali Slagle

Cracker Eggs

Cracker Eggs by savorthis

Sheet Pan Eggs

Sheet Pan Eggs by Ali Slagle

Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs

Canal House's Pimentón Fried Eggs by Genius Recipes

We couldn't stop—we wouldn't stop!—braising and currying and deifying chickpeas.

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli

Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli by Vicky | Things I Made Today

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less) by Sarah Jampel

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas by Ali Slagle

Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas

Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas by Nicholas Day

Steak salad that gets better the longer it sits? We're in!

Spicy Thai Steak Salad
Spicy Thai Steak Salad

Kale's still cool around these parts.

Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale

Farro salad accepted its award for Make-Ahead Lunch of the Year. (Well, it actually asked Patti Smith to accept on its behalf.)

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro by Sarah Jampel

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula by Josh Cohen

We made Saltie's focaccia so many times, it became a part of us (and sometimes we even planned enough ahead to give it a proper two-day rise).

Shakshuka Focaccia

Shakshuka Focaccia by Ali Slagle

Chocolate Sorbet and Focaccia Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Sorbet and Focaccia Ice Cream Sandwiches by Kenzi Wilbur

Here's how we went through an entire jar of tamarind paste...

Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry
Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry

...and here's approximately how many babkas you have to bake before you can remember the formula (go ahead and quiz us):

Coconut Custard Babka

Coconut Custard Babka by Miss Hangrypants

Thanksgiving Babka

Thanksgiving Babka by Ivorygalny

Halvah and Nutella Babka

Halvah and Nutella Babka by Yossy Arefi

Babka au Chocolat Brioche

Babka au Chocolat Brioche by Alice Medrich

We left work early for the sole purpose of getting pork shoulder in the oven (don't tell Amanda and Merrill)...

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu

...and we made Chicken Piccata and, when we felt like using our folding skills, rolled it up into Chicken Kiev.

Classic Chicken Piccata

Classic Chicken Piccata by Linda Johnson

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev by Bevi

Five years later and we're still starstruck by this world-famous squash toast.

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast
ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast

Good guac never gets old (figuratively, not literally). Hummus, too.

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Zahav's Hummus Tehina by Genius Recipes

We'll curry lentils till the cows come home (or until dinner is ready—only 30 minutes!).

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk

Alternate name for this recipe: How An Individual Can Easily Consume an Entire Bunch of Chard in One Sitting.

Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan
Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan

P.S.A.: Creamed greens and ricotta go very well together (and are standout stand-alones, too).

Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta

Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta by Amanda Hesser

Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi

Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi by cdilaura

Shrimp bathed in butter (luxury!), spritzed with lemon (refreshment!).

Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley
Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley

Merrill makes these six-ingredient thighs once a week, and we've followed suit.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic
Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic

Because when we don't have the ingredients for a fancy pasta dinner, we've got a couple onions and a tub of yogurt.

Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions
Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions

These cookies couldn't fix 2016, but we had to bake them every weekend to find that out.

Pierre Hermé & Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies
Pierre Hermé & Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies

And when we don't have tortillas, we eat the pork straight out of the pan.

Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado
Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado

Now it's your turn. What recipes did you memorize in 2016? Tell us in the comments.