The best kinds of recipes teach us how to be smarter—and therefore better and happier—cooks: They rethink conventional methodology and make our lives a little breezier (or tastier) along the way. For instance, roast your pasta for a pleasantly nutty canvas, stockpile cooked rice in your freezer for super-quick congee, or use sweet potatoes for frosting that's as creamy as the canned stuff. Heck, we have a whole column and book devoted to the topic.
So spill the beans: What are the unexpected, novel ways you cook? What's your best recipe with a smarty pants trick or technique?
to enter your recipes for a chance to win $500 to our Shop and the suite of all six Food52 books. For each recipe, please mention what's so whiz-bang smart about it in the headnote. Good luck, and happy cooking!
A Heads Up About This Year's Contests
We wanted to give you ample time to get your best recipes ready for kicking butt in our contests, so we're posting the lineup of themes here. Once submissions are open for the contests (which will happen at the very end of the previous month), you'll have two weeks to submit your recipes. Until then, tinker till they're exceptional, then upload them to the site so they're ready to rumble.
We'll be running contests quarterly this year to give you more time to develop and test recipes and us more time to feature them on the site:
July: Your Best Recipe Inspired By Somewhere You Traveled
October: What You Cook When You Don't Feel Like Cooking
New to our contests? Head here to learn a little more about them!