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17 Dishes That Taste Even Better on Day 2

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Yes, I’m 26, but I’ve witnessed great examples of the art of aging gracefully. Part of it involves patience, appreciating a new pace as things slow down. Another requires curiosity, an eagerness to learn how something different isn’t something worse. Finally, it’s also about identifying and embracing personal tastes. You are what you are, and there’s no shame in it.

Okay, so my grandma taught me most of these, but there are a lot of recipes that get better with time, too. You know, the stews that mellow out, the slaws that wilt (in the best, crunchy way), or cakes that only get richer as the days progress. Here, I’ve gathered 17 sweet and savory dishes that have all mastered the art of aging gracefully.

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Ruth's Brisket
Ruth's Brisket
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad by Kenzi Wilbur

Ragù di Carne (Meat Sauce)

Ragù di Carne (Meat Sauce) by Maureen Fant

Chicken Tamale Pie

Chicken Tamale Pie by Kendra Vaculin

Oliver Clark's Meatloaf

Oliver Clark's Meatloaf by Merrill Stubbs

Meera Sodha's Mum's Chicken Curry
Meera Sodha's Mum's Chicken Curry
Braised Pork in Lazy Cherry Ancho Mole

Braised Pork in Lazy Cherry Ancho Mole by Savory Love

Asian Asparagus Slaw

Asian Asparagus Slaw by Tina Jeffers

Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata
Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

Sweeter With Time

Sticky Rice Cake with Coconut, Ginger & Condensed Coconut Milk
Sticky Rice Cake with Coconut, Ginger & Condensed Coconut Milk
Orange Flower-Scented Baklava

Orange Flower-Scented Baklava by Yossy Arefi

Fig Keplers

Fig Keplers by petitbleu

Slice and Bake Linzer Cookies

Slice and Bake Linzer Cookies by Alice Medrich

Bika Ambon (a.k.a. The World's Squishiest Cake)

Bika Ambon (a.k.a. The World's Squishiest Cake) by Sarah Jampel

Tangy Tres Leches Cake
Tangy Tres Leches Cake

What dish do you think tastes best after some time?

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Tags: Comfort Food, Leftovers