You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.
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One of the best things about cooking is being able to share what you make with other people. Whether it's a celebration or a gesture of gratitude, cooking for others -- be it friends, family, or coworkers -- always brings us joy. So this week, we're asking:
What's your favorite dish to cook for others?
We want to hear your favorites -- tell us in the comments!
Marian: I like making people pie. Because then I get to eat pie.
Merrill: In the fall and winter, I love making stewed and/or braised dishes for a crowd. Also, lasagna.
Stephanie: Really any type of baked goods, but my favorite is probably cake. I love a good layer cake, and everyone should have more cake in their lives.
Amelia: My dad has a great recipe for stracotto al Barolo that is served with polenta. It's so simple and you can pretty much throw it all together for less than $15. It's typically what I make when I want to trick people into thinking I'm an amazing cook.
Tell us: What's your favorite dish to cook for others?
Olive Oil Ricotta Cake photo by Eric Moran. All other photos by James Ransom.