Please share your "hidden treasures" on FOOD52 - recipes you make often or tried and plan to make again, that were not Community Picks. etc.

Or have not otherwise been highlighted / recognized here. I have so many. I'll start with monkeymom's truly amazing, versatile, easy and delicious "Criss-Cross Pan-Fried Eggplant." See my many comments for more details! I'll post more of my favorites later. Have to jump on a conference call in a few minutes. ;o)



boulangere January 22, 2012
Seriously flattered to be among such elite company.
hardlikearmour January 21, 2012
I had to add another one. Lapadia's Spaghetti & Broccoli. Made it tonight for the first time, and it will definitely go into heavy rotation at my house. Easy & flavorful!
lapadia January 22, 2012
Yum, a family favorite, so happy you enjoy it :)
mcs3000 November 19, 2011
@cheggwen's cranberry-orange compote: - AJ, did you ever make it? I'm making it for the third year in a row for Thanksgiving (originally discovered on her blog) - also make it for other holiday dinner parties - everyone asks for the recipe. Best ever.
Bevi November 18, 2011
I must give a shout out for aargersi's Lamb and Sweet Potato Stew:

I have prepared this several times using lamb loin chops. It's one of those dishes that benefits from a slow, long cook (even better the next day). I have added carrots, and gave the flavor a boost by using HLA's Pickled Prunes ( although you can easily just add prunes, or stew the prunes in a sugar and red wine syrup, which is what I usually make. I have yet to add orange zest simply because I had no oranges in the house - an extra shot of lemon zest was sublime. This recipe was added by aargersi not too long ago, so it may yet be recognized for the outstanding recipe it is. If you are a lamb lover, this will make your heart sing. I would classify this as a company dish for like-minded folks.
AntoniaJames November 13, 2011
Here's another one that, although was a community pick, is utterly delicious; Smoked Turkey Stew in West African Gravy by globaltableadventure. It comes together so easily, making it perfect for evenings when you haven't much time to cook. (But do give it the full measure of time for simmering, as it benefits greatly from it.) I tested it, not ever having used a smoked turkey part in cooking. It turns out that smoked Diestel thighs are always available at our local Whole Foods, and they are one of my favorite ingredient discoveries of the year. ;o)
luvcookbooks November 12, 2011
Pasta with Leeks, Peas, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg
added by apartmentcooker about 1 year ago
delicious quick inexpensive dinner
Roasted Duck Breast with Sour Cherries
added by sweet enough over 2 years ago
good company dinner
Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marcona Almonds
Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Puree/Soup
added by testkitchenette over 2 years ago
quick and versatile

added by arielleclementine about 1 year ago
the potato chips of broccoli
susan G. November 11, 2011
Some of my favorites are just part of a recipe, like the onions which dress MrsLarkin's Naughty Dog and the peanut sauce from enbe's Grilled Peanut Tofu. My thanks to Boulangere who broke the bread-won't-rise curse with her Hearty Harvest Bread, and to Lapadia whose slaw expanded my horizons, and graced many a sandwich or meal deliciously.
boulangere November 19, 2011
; )
lapadia January 22, 2012
Thanks susan g, so happy you like this slaw, and like wise ...kudos to your Deli Slaw!
AntoniaJames November 11, 2011
Another recipe I use ALL the time, though not exactly a hidden treasure because it was posted by Merrill, is her saag paneer. I make it so often, sometimes with paneer, other times without, usually in a double batch of which I freeze half. It doesn't get enough love! The spice mixture, by the way, is now my go-to Indian spice blend. Really, really good!! ;o)
sexyLAMBCHOPx November 11, 2011
I've enjoyed this 2x now, loving the chicken and cheese/pasta for weekday comfort food eating,

My husband has requested this so many times, it's ridiculous!
My savior when I dont have a big appetite (I'll eat salad, cheese & crackers, refrigerator scraps)
aargersi November 11, 2011
whoops! These are the cookies:
aargersi November 11, 2011
OK I have 2 more! Cookies that cause riots:

Dressing that I absolutley love on a pasta salad with citrus supremes and sliced fennel:
Midge November 11, 2011
I second Soy Saucy Chicken and Eggs! Others that have become standards in my kitchen:
*melissav's lemon spaghetti with argula , though I often make it with kale, or collards, or whatever greens I have:;

*AJ's French Country Soup is a fave and just thinking about makes me want a bowl right now:;

*Pierino's Kalbi-style flank steak:

gingerroot November 11, 2011
What a great thread! Apologies that none of mine exactly qualify, though these are a few off the top of my head that are repeatedly enjoyed in my house (including a picky 4 yo, a 6 yo and a gf hubby):
Huevos Rancheros (Country Style Eggs Topped with Pork and Green Chile)
Soy Saucy Chicken and Eggs
Perfect Pancakes
Heirloom Tomato Shorba
arielleclementine November 10, 2011
Fun thread! Here are some of my favorites:

Pumpkin Christmas Bread:
Cavolo Nero and Ricotta Tart:
Apple Panzanella:
Smothered Cabbage Risotto:
Macaroni Cauliflower and Cheese:
monkeymom November 9, 2011
Hey all.
Thanks for the shout outs! I have a few from the top of my head that I make all the time or that blew me away: aagersi's most requested pate ever, arielleclementine's Snake Bite, ChezSuzanne's Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.
arielleclementine November 10, 2011
thanks monkeymom!
aargersi November 11, 2011
It's pate "season" again, too! Thanks for the shout-out!!! Arielle's cake is crazy good, isn't it?
melissav November 9, 2011
Great thread AJ. Love MonkeyMom's Lamb Shawarma So easy for a weeknight if you marinate the meat and make the green sauce the night before. I broil the meat and serve with Lizthechef's creamy cucumber side. I make this meal ALL THE TIME.
Louisa November 9, 2011
Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup from Antonia James is a family favorite. We add the roasted butternut squash and our toppings include the recommended greek yogurt and chutney, and our own favorites-- golden raisins, toasted almonds and hot sauce. We never seem to have any leftovers!
Stephanie G. November 9, 2011
We make "the Eldred", by gluttonforlife, every weekend!
SKK November 9, 2011
At our book launch party last night in Seattle Thirdchild brought olives in a nest. OMG - so amazingly delicious. I am making these for two parties coming up.
cookinginvictoria November 8, 2011
Here's another great recipe that is super simple but very delicious -- perfect for summer dinner parties, chezsuzanne's Grilled Salmon with Garlic Basil Butter:
Blissful B. November 8, 2011
As a baker, I've gotta give a shout-out to some of my favorite sweets: Five & Spice's Cardamom Currant Snickerdoodles .. .. LC Rebbe's Cookies with a Kick .. .. DrBabs' What I Do For Love Bran Muffins .. .. And finally in balance I offer Eating is Art's amazing Massaged Kale Salad .. ..
Ms. T. November 8, 2011
Solmstea's pizza with butternut squash sauce is fantastic and doesn't seem to be getting much love:
I never would have thought of combining roasted squash with roasted tomatoes--so good. The sauce is a great base for getting creative with your toppings.
garlic&lemon November 8, 2011
Crispy Parmesan Kale Chips: are amazing. They are so easy and delicious and even people who think they do not like kale love them. We make them and leave them in a covered container on the counter and snack on them until they are gone - pretty soon.

People are crazy for my Rosemary Pine Nut Icebox Cookies. I even got a contractor to lower her fee to a non-profit that I work with for those cookies.
em-i-lis November 8, 2011
This is a wonderful question, and these are wonderful answers! I, too, love Jennifer's ricotta- it is now a staple in my house. The cavolo nero tart is not a recipe I'd seen before but is soon to be made as I love every ingredient in it! Whoa! Lizthechef's pumpkin cheesecake is unreal- I add a splash of bourbon but that's my only change. Amazing.
Melissav's preserved lemon and thyme compound butter is insanely good, and speaking of lemon and thyme, fiveandspice's grilled bread with thyme pesto is fabulous (oh wait, that won a contest; well, it is great).
boulangere November 8, 2011
Ok, I'm home, and I can actually think about more brilliant cooks' recipes that have infiltrated my life. TiggyBee's Homage to Eataly Bread; OMG, nothing like it anywhere. Pan Roasted Calamari Salad with Tomatoes and Avocadoes from Canned; ok, technically it doesn't fit AntoniaJames's question because it was an EP and I (ahem) tested it; but the point is that it's fan-freaking-tastic and I make it for my students at the start of every single session to get them beyond that holy point of "I don't like," whether they've ever tasted something or not. I admit it: I force-feed them calamari. Responses range from the not bad to the WOW! BLT Panzanella by Meredith Shanley; bacon, tomatoes, and oh yes, bread: what's not to love? Lapadia's Pita Bread is my new forever go-to; it is perfection. Wssmom's Grown-Up Jellied Espresso Shots enlivened more than one summertime barbecue. Mushroom Ramen by thirschfeld is Nobel-quality cooking. Even better than his Lo Mein. Make that WAY better. Pauljoseph's chapati - another example of perfection here on earth. And anything caramel that hardlikearmour dreams up is truly the stuff of dreams.
boulangere November 8, 2011
Sorry not to have included links, but I'm having some speed issues as well. Wait, did I say that right? I meant that I'm in drbabs's shoes experiencing slow load times also.
Greenstuff November 8, 2011
Shoot! Making squid tonight, and we have lots of avocados. I SO would have given that calamari salad a go if I'd read this when you posted!
boulangere November 8, 2011
Try it, you'll love it!
fiveandspice November 9, 2011
Soooo, in agreement about the homage to Eataly bread. It is wonderful!
drbabs November 8, 2011
Wow, what a fabulous thread! There are SO many community picks now--thanks for bringing this up! Here are some of mine: pierino's Allez Gazpacho; Nicole Franzen's lemon thyme lentil salad; mrslarkin's chubby chewy chocolate chip cookies; bevi's cod with roasted tomatoes; angiewalker's pumpkin banana walnut muffins; healthierkitchen's healthyish jambalay-ish; linzarella's cucumber blueberry mint smoothie; mariaraynal's very veggie soup....there are so many...sorry for not including links--the site is running really slowly for me today.
drbabs November 8, 2011
Oh, and these are the BEST meatballs: and also make a wonderful meatloaf!
cookinginvictoria November 8, 2011
Thanks for reminding me about mrslarkin's Chubby, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is now my family's favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's really wonderful.

boulangere November 8, 2011
Oh yeah, we make mrslarkin's cookies All. The. Time.
sdebrango November 8, 2011
Kitchen Butterfly's delicious stuffed bread is absolutely amazing.
SKK November 8, 2011
Hirshscields - roasted red pimento peppers with hazelnuts etc. This is a real show stopper! People love it.
Don't Die on Me Man Spicy Soup - love the name as well as on soup
boulangere November 8, 2011
Tashkent Non by solmstea - simply heavenly. WileyP's Spring HIll Ranch Ketchup has banished the bottle from my kitchen. Sdebango's Tomato Balsamic Jam is as much a staple, also, as aargersi's insanely addictive pickled onions.
sdebrango November 8, 2011
Thank you boulangere and I totally agree about Wiley P's ketchup used it on meatloaf. Amazing!!
boulangere November 8, 2011
Yes, love it! Perfect on a bison burger, too.
LLStone November 8, 2011
I couldn't agree more - it's a great recipe. I make a pot every couple of weeks. And the tomato balsamic and the pickled onions are both so good - have made them both more than once.
SKK November 8, 2011
AJ, what a wonderful question!!!
InPatsKitchen Dad's favorite seafood stew - the first one I have found with rich, rich flavors - and I have more but will have to add them in a few minutes because slow loading recipes. I shall return!
aargersi November 8, 2011
With the holidays approaching it's time again for TasteFood's gravlax - it is amazing:
boulangere November 8, 2011
Thanks for the recommendation!
sdebrango November 8, 2011
Inpatskitchen fried and baked spicy chicken
antoniajames french country soup, delicious!!
boulangere's focaccia (really any of her breads are amazing)
hardlikearmour November 8, 2011
I second boulangere's focaccia! It's perfect.
boulangere November 8, 2011
Soooo glad you like it.
AntoniaJames November 8, 2011
And let's not forget Jennifer Perillo's outstanding Creamy Homemade Ricotta. It;s one of my favorite recipes ever on FOOD52.There are a lot of good ricotta recipes out there, but none come even close to this one. The combination of buttermilk (the only acid), cream and milk is perfect. The cheese and the whey are both simply wonderful! I'll be posting a soup recipe late tonight or tomorrow, I hope, using both the cheese and the whey.
boulangere November 8, 2011
Yes - make it all the time!
AntoniaJames November 8, 2011
I'm totally with you on the Cavolo Nero and Ricotta Tart. I made it last night!! ;o)
cookinginvictoria November 8, 2011
Great question, AJ! Two recipes that I love are:
Boulangere's First Night in Florence Spaghetti ( and
thirshfeld's Cavolo Nero and Ricotta Cheese Tart (

I'll add more recipes as I think of them!
boulangere November 8, 2011
So glad you have fun with it. So do we, often and fondly
sdebrango November 8, 2011
Boulangere's First Night in Florence Spaghetti
Hardlikearmours cheesy polenta with grilled cherry tomato sauce
boulangere November 8, 2011
Love her Cheesy Polenta!
boulangere November 8, 2011
So glad you enjoy it . . . we do too, often.
boulangere November 10, 2011
I have a friend who is having some family end-of-life issues, and am making her a box of reheatable foods this weekend. First Night in Florence Spaghetti is on the list for its sheer comfort qualities.
boulangere November 10, 2011
Also making hla's Cheesy Polenta to go with some Chicken and Black Bean Burritos.
hardlikearmour November 19, 2011
Thanks for picking my polenta - it's hard to not like a bowl of cheesy polenta in my book!
aargersi November 8, 2011
Great question - I am looking forward to all of the answers! Here are 3 of mine:

Miss Ginsu's chowchow make and can often - and in fact it may be in XMas gift bags - this is THE BEST:

Arielleclementine's Snake Bite - people fight over this cake whenever I make it:

AntoniaJame's brilliant autumn salad - this has become a Thanksgiving stapl - I have to make a doube batch:
arielleclementine November 10, 2011
so nice :)
AntoniaJames November 8, 2011
Another one I make all the time is pierino's classic "Market Porchetta" -- Just unbelievably good. Odd as this may sound, I use leftovers (which I freeze in small packets) in thirschfeld's lo mein recipe, noted above. It's perfect! And then, there's nothing like chunks of the porchetta stirred (at the last minute) into a hearty stew of scarlet runner beans that have been cooking with aromatics and a pork bone (also dug out my freezer) for a few hours. And we put leftovers on Cubans. Etc. ;o)
hardlikearmour November 8, 2011
That is a great recipe! I tested it for EP, and it's a definite winner. The fennel pollen & rosemary & pork are just divine together.
AntoniaJames November 8, 2011
It works well with regular fennel, too. I could not find fennel pollen easily, but have an enormous supply of the seeds, so I crush them well and use those. Such a delicious roast! Excellent wrapped in freshly baked roti with lime, avocado and broiled zucchini and/or roasted eggplant, as well. ;o)
hardlikearmour November 8, 2011
AJ - what about thirschfeld's lo mein? I've noticed you've made lots of comments on it!
Kristy M. November 8, 2011
That is one of my favorite recipes, too!
cookinginvictoria November 8, 2011
And it's one of mine, too! I would definitely include it on this list.
AntoniaJames November 8, 2011
I'll make a trip to Chinatown just to get the Chinese celery to make that dish. Love it!! I could make it in my sleep, I've made it so many times. My sons ask for it when they're home from college on breaks. ;o)
boulangere November 8, 2011
Oh, love it, love it! One of my favorite comfort dinners.
hardlikearmour November 8, 2011
Sounds like it should be nominated for a wildcard pick!
hardlikearmour November 8, 2011
Gingerroot's manapua. or I personally like the dough from her chicken ones better, but the filling from her duck ones (which I've made with shredded pork) better. The both make great self-contained lunches.
gingerroot November 11, 2011
Thanks so much for the shout-out, hla! I'm thrilled you enjoy them so much.

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Kristy M. November 8, 2011
This is a great question! Thanks for asking, AntoniaJames!
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