Trust the experts when it comes to good food. We asked our food team for their favorite 2013 recipes and came up with a stacked deck of fabulous recipes. Whether you need a snack, main dish, or dessert, there's a recipe we're certain you'll love!
We love a salad with Asian flair, and this Thai chicken recipe fills the bill. "I'm a sucker for its combo of creamy peanut sauce and refreshing lime," shares one editor. Best of all? It's ready in 20 minutes -- perfect for a busy schedule.
These rich and fudgy brownies are a classic. One editor loves that they "have lots of dimension thanks to the addition of port-soaked cherries." Top them off with fresh raspberries for a pretty garnish.
The fresh pico de gallo on this fork-tender steak makes it a Mexican favorite. Our editors love that the sauce -- made with cumin and chili powder -- is "just spicy enough."
According to one editor, crab cakes are one of those perfect-with-everything recipes. She loves them atop heirloom tomatoes as a side, on a bed of arugula as a salad, and individually as an appetizer. This recipe, she says, "is memorable for its topping of hot mustard tamed by tangy apricot jam."
"Not only is this salad beautiful, it's bursting with bright, peppy flavor," shares one editor. We especially love the hint of wasabi and the crunch from the Marcona almonds.
"These pretzels are the best!" raves one editor. We brush them with egg and a sprinkling of sea salt before baking, then dunk them in melty cheese for a party-worthy snack.
This easy-to-make sponge cake works well for any occasion. In this version, we split layers to make delicious stack cakes. "If making stack cakes is not your style, serve this cake with lightly sweetened strawberries and fresh whipped cream," recommends one editor.
Fresh kale went wild this year. Instead of tossing it into an ordinary salad, we use it to bake up the perfect healthy snack: kale chips. "They're so crispy -- very tasty!" says one editor.
You know it's good when mulitple editors mark their stamp of approval. On their lists of why they love it? "Fresh and flavorful turkey filling, pleasantly chewy wrapping, and a ginger-soy dipping sauce you'll want to pour on everything."
This Pinterest-favorite dessert made the cover of Cakes magazine last spring. One editor tried her hand at the owl cake for a birthday party. "It's adorable -- and tasted good!"
According to one editor, this savory tortellini soup is a favorite at her house, and it's clear why. Not only is it brimming with fresh veggies and spices, but it takes only 20 minutes to prepare.