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Our Editors' Favorite Recipes of 2013

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!


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    • Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

      "Everyone loves a bowl of ooey-gooey goodness, and our four-cheese macaroni and cheese is no exception," says one editor. Toss bread crumbs lightly in butter before baking for a crispy topper.

    • Gooey Butter Bars

      "As tasty as they are gorgeous, these bars hit all my favorite notes: sweet, light, and tangy," says one editor. Other than the strawberries and ginger, the other ingredients are simple pantry staples.

    • Thai Chicken Pasta Salad

      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.

    • Fudgy Cherry and Port Brownies

      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.

    • Chile Flank Steak with Grilled-Corn Pico de Gallo

      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."

    • Grape-Glazed Almond Butter Shortbread

      These grape-sporting cookies are a hit around the office. "They have this delicate almond flavor and a fabulous crunch," says one editor. Plus, they're just as tasty without the jam!

    • Crab Cakes with Apricot Sauce

      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."

    • Black Rice Salad with Snap Peas, Carrots, and Almonds

      "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.

    • Soft Pretzels

      "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.

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      Raspberry and Vanilla Stack Cake

      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.

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      Peppered Kale Chips

      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. 

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      Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

      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."

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      Cute Owl Cake

      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!"

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      Creamy Tortellini Soup

      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.

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