This really isn't a food blog and my mom tells me regularly that she finds my food posts boring, but, I can't help it - I love to eat and cook and talk about food and it would be unnatural for me to have a blog and not write about food. So, the point is: I've written about food a lot this year and if you missed or skipped over all those posts I still love you but promise me - and yourself - that try you'll some of these, my all-time favorite recipes from 2017. These are the ones I keep going back to over and over because they're so darn delicious.
Crispy Thai Chicken Salad from Bon Appetit
I beg of you. Make this dish. Even if you are a super picky eater. Even if you hate Asian food (I don't think anyone who reads this blog hates Asian food. I really hope not, but anyway). Even if you hate cooking. I know it seems a little involved. It's worth it. You will make this again and again because you crave the flavor and nothing else comes close to being this delicious. It's the perfect balance of salty, tangy, sour, sweet, crunchy, leafy, soft - it's just heaven on a plate. And it's good for you!
Garlicky Spaghetti with Mixed Greens and Lemon from Food & Wine
This tastes and feels like comfort food but it's actually pretty healthy. It has a nice citrusy, salty, garlic base with a gentle bitterness from the greens that is incredibly satisfying. A warm bowl of this stuff will improve even the worst day and is easy on even the queasiest tummy. Make this when you're sad, make this when you're sick or make this for company - it's pretty elegant.
Kale Fried Rice by Candice Kumai
This is really satisfying and still healthy. I add a bunch of extra soy sauce because I’m a girl who loves salt and it’s EXTRA yummy that way. We also use chicken sausage with sun-dried tomatoes from Trader Joes. I tried making it with hot sausage once and it was not the same. Too greasy. This recipe is also really delicious as a vegetarian dish.
Broiled Red Snapper with Za'atar Salsa Verde
This is the sort of dish I think people used to refer to as what you make "when the boss comes for dinner" - in other words, to impress company or celebrate a special occasion. It's remarkably easy to prepare, beautiful to behold and heavenly to eat. Za'atar is an amazing spice blend that we first tasted when we were on the tail end of our honeymoon at the spice market in Turkey and we loved it so much we bought two bags full - and we use it at every opportunity. It's relatively easy to find if you have an ethnic market nearby and it's worth seeking out for this and similar dishes.
Please consider making these around the holidays or for yourself and loved ones in 2018 - I promise you'll thank me!