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The Top 10 recipes of 2007:

  • 1

    Total time: 45 minutes, plus baking and cooling time for the cake Servings: 10 to 12 Note: Adapted from “Southern Cakes.”

  • 2

    Total time: About 50 minutes Servings: 4 Note: If you would like a spicier pumpkin seed sauce, double the amount of chiles. 1 bunch cilantro 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 serrano chile, seeded and inner ribs removed 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and inner ribs removed 1/4 large jicama, peeled 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 small corn tortillas Lime wedges 1.

  • 3

    Total time: 55 minutes Servings: 8 Note: From Times test kitchen director Donna Deane.

  • 4

    Total Time: 30 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: 9 (3-ounce) paletas Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A.

  • 5

    Total time: 25 minutes, plus at least 4 hours chilling time Servings: 2 ( 1/2 -cup) portions Note: It’s nothing less than a Meyer lemon miracle -- just three ingredients that set up like a mousse, but with more lively flavor and a lovelier consistency.

  • 6

    Total time: About 30 minutes Servings: Makes 16 crostini 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 5 tablespoons high-quality olive oil, divided Sea salt 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel (from about 1 1/2 large lemons) 16 slices of French baguette, cut 1/2 -inch thick on the bias 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cups of shelled English peas 1 small clove of garlic, minced Thinly sliced fresh mint for garnish 1.

  • 7

    Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 8 Note: For Demerara sugar, you may substitute any large-crystal sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw. 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2/3 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces, plus 1 tablespoon butter, cut into 1/4 -inch pieces, divided 4 tablespoons ice water 10 nectarines (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch slices 2 cups blackberries 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup corn syrup 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon Demerara sugar 1.

  • 8

    Total time: 3 to 4 hours, plus overnight marination Servings: 6 to 8 2 racks (5 to 6 pounds total) baby back or spare ribs 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano, crumbled 2 teaspoons ground cumin Juice of 2 large limes 4 to 6 chipotles in adobo sauce, minced 1/2 cup peanut oil 1.

  • 9

    Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 4 to 6 2 pounds zucchini 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup finely diced onion 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Zest of 1/2 lemon Salt 1 tablespoon chopped mint, divided 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts 1.

  • 10

    Total time: About 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 3/4 pound fingerling or other small potatoes 1/3 pound Italian sausage (about 1 link) 1/4 cup bread crumbs Minced parsley 1 egg 12 squid tubes (about 1 pound) 1/4 cup olive oil 1 onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/3 cup white wine 2 cups chopped canned tomatoes and juice 2 tablespoons capers Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1.

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