One of the main things I get from 52 is Inspiration, so in these frigid winter days, I find myself scouring cookbooks that I don't already own, for topics that caught my eye on 52. I have two surprises to share from recent books and googling. Hoping others will chirp in!:
--Cocoa powder. the 52 Hotline has had many inquiries about natural v.s. dutched. Just when I thought I had it in my head- the chemical side of it- I read a 2011 interview with Alice Medrich (I am a big fan, so I pay attention to what she says) where she explained that Natural Cocoa is her fav now (it used to be Dutched, but Natural has become more complex and better). So if I ever work through a considerable inventory of both, I know what to buy , when it is the appropriate cocoa powder for a given recipe, of course!
-- Neat pie idea: In How to Build a Better Pie, Millicent Souris has a neat Sweet Potato Pie recipe (I've been learning how sweet potatoes are nutritionally at the top of the game) where she finishes the filling with a topping of sesame praline. It reads like it may be more a sesame caramel
but it does set up so it can be cut. I'm intrigued; never read of something like this before!
I know that what's 'new' for me may be 'old hat' for you, but hope you'll still share some of your own neat sparks from time to time.