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.
What dish do you think tastes best after some time?
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).