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The Top 10 recipes of 2000:

  • Recipe: Upside-Down Cranberry Cake

      Note: Abby Mandel says she's passionate about cranberries. The Upside-Down Cranberry Cake created by the longtime Food section columnist won her many converts. It was a unanimous choice for our annual Top 10 list. There are several things to be careful about, as we learned from a few reader calls...

  • Recipe: Pork Ribs (Dwaeji Kalbi)

      Note: The daughter of Korean immigrants, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee found out early that barbecue is one of the great common denominators in American culture. This recipe is one of her family's favorites and now it is one of ours too. There may be some unfamiliar ingredients. Korean malt syrup is what...

  • Recipe: Cauliflower Curry

      Note: Though the list of ingredients may be long for Test Kitchen Assistant Mayi Brady's curry, it comes together in a snap. In fact, it's a great quick-fix for busy nights when you don't think you have any time to cook. With this easy raita and a little steamed rice, you've got a tasty dinner...

  • Recipe: Roasted Artichokes

      Note: Deborah Madison is one of the best-selling cookbook authors in the country. This recipe is a good example why. Not only is it simple to make, it also has great depth and purity of flavor. After we tested this, several people said they'd never again cook artichokes any other way. Roasting...

  • Recipe: Crisp-Skinned Salmon With Summer Succotash and Creamed Corn

    Recipe: Crisp-Skinned Salmon With Summer Succotash and Creamed Corn

    Note: Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Yountville is one of America's greatest chefs in addition to being a Food section columnist. This recipe is an example of how sometimes it is the simplest things that elevate a dish from good to great. Its secret is not in the mix of ingredients or in...

  • Recipe: Banana Cream PIe

    Recipe: Banana Cream PIe

    Note: Is there anything more glorious than a mountainous banana cream pie? Test Kitchen Director Donna Deane whipped this one together for a story on meringues, and it is truly a monumental version. Making meringue toppings can be a little tricky. Deane recommends a few steps to ensure success....

  • Recipe: Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

    Recipe: Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

    Note: Almost every Thai restaurant in Southern California serves one version or another of this soup from our intern Jet Tila. And no wonder: The combination of coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce and lemon grass from the stock is sweet and fragrant. What's even more amazing, once you've made...

  • Recipe: Hollywood Bowl Shrimp and Avocado Quesadillas

      Note: When Heseon Park's family moved to Southern California, their house had an avocado tree. She's been in love with the fruit ever since and uses it in many ways. This is something she put together for a Hollywood Bowl picnic. It won raves from her friends--and then from us, when we tested...

  • Recipe: Esperanza's Chipotle Chicken

      Note: Maria Escandon has made lots of "best" lists, but probably not for her cooking. There's no doubt, though, that this chicken dish the novelist and screenwriter ("Esperanza's Box of Saints") created in honor of one of her main characters is a real winner. This is a fine example of a very...

  • Recipe: Pork Chops With Tarragon Cream

      Note: Test Kitchen Director Donna Deane made the list twice this year, with her second win this deceptively luxurious main course that can be put together in less than half an hour. She recommends serving this with steamed winter squash, perfect for this time of year. The pork chops can be done...

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