And so, as is our tradition, we're bringing back our 10 favorite recipes of 2011 for a curtain call.
They're a varied bunch. We've got old-fashioned pretzels and homemade pop tarts. We've got Nancy Silverton's famous focaccia and Thomas Keller's technique for crisping salmon skin.
Recipes: 10 best L.A. Times recipes of 2011
There's a little exotica, including a perfectly authentic baklava from Turkey made with homemade phyllo dough and an exuberantly spiced version of a Moroccan carrot salad.
But then there's also a homey apple-butter cake from Huckleberry Bakery that we can almost guarantee you'll want to make over and over again.
As a little bonus, we've got a couple more favorites waiting for you in our online gallery.