Your Top 10 Genius Recipes of 2020

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

These are the 10 Genius Recipes that we cooked (and cooked and cooked) most…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


These are the 10 Genius Recipes that we cooked (and cooked and cooked) most in 2020. Flaky biscuits, a grandma's pad Thai, and the pan pizza that everyone and their dad was making last spring—it all checks out.

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Ultra-Crispy Roast Potatoes From a Secret Cooking Club in Indonesia

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Crispy potatoes steal attention wherever they go, and deservedly so. The co…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


Crispy potatoes steal attention wherever they go, and deservedly so. The contrast of hot, salty crunch to soft, steamy belly is as Pavlovian as it gets. No wonder we’ve been pre-heating our pans and fiddling with pH and chasing the singular best technique all this time.

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33 Genius Edible Holiday Gifts (with Semi-Handy Wrapping Tips)

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.
Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: w…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: warm hearts, fill bellies, fuel holiday travel, get shared, spark conversation, inspire your loved ones to start making their own granola (or hot sauce or challah or macaroons), and disappear, leaving only happy memories.

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Our Resident Genius’ Guide to the Smartest Kitchen Tools

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook. Today, Kristen shows us the kitchen tools that help her cook like a, well, Gen…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook. Today, Kristen shows us the kitchen tools that help her cook like a, well, Genius.


These are the tools I consider make-life-easier, everyday essentials—the sometimes unexpected companions that make cooking and baking feel more calm and effortless and that I would attach as my go-go gadget arms if I could. This list was partially cribbed from Genius Desserts, but I find these multitaskers are just as handy for tonight’s dinner and Saturday’s pizza projects as they are for boatloads of cookies and cakes.

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This Genius Pumpkin Bread Keeps Astonishingly Well for Days

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

If you’ve ever found yourself in the company of a pumpkin bread cobbled wit…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


If you’ve ever found yourself in the company of a pumpkin bread cobbled with chocolate chips, you know the visceral joy of pulling off soft fistfuls, well past the allotment of a single neat slice.

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Is This the Most Genius Way to Cook Sweet Potatoes?

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

For as friendly as sweet potatoes seem, I’ve been faced with too many gna…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


For as friendly as sweet potatoes seem, I’ve been faced with too many gnarled, leathery husks when I’ve tried to roast them. Or softer but surprisingly flavorless flesh the times I’ve hustled them through the microwave or steamer. (Just me?)

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A Truly Stress-Free Pumpkin Pie for 2020

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Every Thanksgiving, somewhere around the time we realize we forgot the cl…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


Every Thanksgiving, somewhere around the time we realize we forgot the clincher step on the Judy Bird, my brother Billy and I also remember we need to get the pies in the oven—fast—before the turkey sets up shop. There are only five large eaters and now one small one, but that never stops Billy and me from making two pies. We need one for each set of crimping hands.

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Dreamy-Smooth Hummus From a Kitchen Oops

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

What if every time we fumbled in the kitchen—a teaspoon for a tablespoon,…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


What if every time we fumbled in the kitchen—a teaspoon for a tablespoon, baking powder for soda, a splash of vanilla for a whole tumbling bottle—could not only work, but also make something new and genius?

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The Fastest, Fluffiest Muffins With a Genius Secret Ingredient

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Outside of my food writer life—in my real, scrambled, messy life—you will…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


Outside of my food writer life—in my real, scrambled, messy life—you will not catch me making muffins. Or hand pies, or stuffed peppers, or mini-quiches, or most other things where each serving requires its own pampering, its own zone to clean. This is why we have cake.

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Scrambled Shakshuka Is Almost Impossible to Mess Up

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

In the past decade, we’ve seen shakshuka crash onto brunch menus and Inst…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.


In the past decade, we’ve seen shakshuka crash onto brunch menus and Instagram feeds and Trader Joe’s starter kits the world over. It’s shape-shifted into pizzas and pastas and collided, to eye-popping effect, with the avocado toast trend.

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