Best of 2008: "Dinner Tonights" of the Year

4th Feb 2009


Though last year we boasted of writing well over 140 articles at places besides this blog, that turned out to be nothing.  This year that total was well over the 250 mark.  Nearly all of those were for the Dinner Tonight column at Serious Eats , which, as the name suggests, is updated every weekday night.  That's a lot of recipes, and a hell of a lot to keep straight.  Abby has to occasionally remind Nick of something he's already made, while Blake has to remember what Nick wrote about back in February.

It's an extremely fun column to write.  Most of these meals are completely solid weeknight fare that can be whipped up in less than an hour, with an ingredients list that can stretch no longer than ten items.  In that way it's become a repository of great recipes when you happen to be stumped for what to cook.  Yet, some of these recipes rose above their humble origins, and turned into something genuinely memorable.

These recipes combine just a few ingredients into something greater than their parts.  Out of countless meals, these are the ones that stuck with us. From salads to seafood, pastas to a plate of home fries--these are our personal favorites from a year of regular cooking.

Nick's Best
Skirt Steak with Tomatillos, Two Ways
Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce
Bucatini alla Lipari (Bucatini With Raw Nut Pesto and Tomato Sauce)
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Fried Green Tomato BLT

Blake's Best
Paprika-Spiked Home Fries with Poached Egg

Frisée Aux Lardons
Salt-Baked 'Pesce per Due'
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Fregola with Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Sage


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