Your 5 Best Retro Recipes (Hint: Gooey Butter Cake Is Involved)

We asked and our community delivered. Here are your top 5 retro-inspired recipes with a modern twist!

In our latest recipe contest, we asked you to share your best retro-inspired recipes that were updated with a modern twist. We had an absolute bl…

We asked and our community delivered. Here are your top 5 retro-inspired recipes with a modern twist!


In our latest recipe contest, we asked you to share your best retro-inspired recipes that were updated with a modern twist. We had an absolute blast walking down memory lane and remembering some of our favorite "retro" recipes. From updated deviled eggs to new takes on chicken kiev, we loved your reimagined favorites and the stories that went along with the recipes.

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What’s Your Best Retro Recipe With a Modern Twist?

We want to see your best retro recipe, updated with a modern twist! Enter our latest recipe contest with your submission—you have until June 1!

We all have those beloved family classics, dishes that bring us back to a certain space and time in our l…

We want to see your best retro recipe, updated with a modern twist! Enter our latest recipe contest with your submission—you have until June 1!


We all have those beloved family classics, dishes that bring us back to a certain space and time in our lives. Some might call those recipes "old fashioned" but we don't think it needs to be that way. In our latest contest, we are looking for an inspired, modern version of your favorite retro recipe.

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Our Final 2 Restaurant-Inspired Dishes Are Here—Pick Us a Winner

In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community to help us shine a spotlight on their favorite restaurant-inspired dishes, and they answered our call, rolling up their sleeves and creating restaurant-quality food in their home kitchens. This contest also provided us with the opportunity to share some love with an industry that brings us joy, and forms a critical part of our economy. Check out delicious recipes from our two finalists below.

It was incredibly challenging (as always) to narrow down to two finalists from a long, exciting list of appetizers, main courses, and desserts pulled from restaurant recipes across the country, but we’ve finally found them!

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In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community to help us shine a spotlight on their favorite restaurant-inspired dishes, and they answered our call, rolling up their sleeves and creating restaurant-quality food in their home kitchens. This contest also provided us with the opportunity to share some love with an industry that brings us joy, and forms a critical part of our economy. Check out delicious recipes from our two finalists below.

It was incredibly challenging (as always) to narrow down to two finalists from a long, exciting list of appetizers, main courses, and desserts pulled from restaurant recipes across the country, but we've finally found them!

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Dine in With Our Readers’ 5 Best Restaurant-Inspired Recipes

From our community to your kitchen, here are our top five restaurant-inspired recipes, from sweet to savory (and everything in between)!
For our latest culinary contest, we asked for your best recipe inspired by a dish you’ve eaten at a restaurant (de…

From our community to your kitchen, here are our top five restaurant-inspired recipes, from sweet to savory (and everything in between)!

For our latest culinary contest, we asked for your best recipe inspired by a dish you've eaten at a restaurant (dessert included). We miss our favorite chefs as much as you do, and can't wait to resume in-person dining as soon as it's safe. In the meantime, we're excited to shine a spotlight on the dishes that keep you coming back for more, and promote the restaurants that have remained open. As always, our community members rose to the challenge, and delivered us a wide range of recipes that fit the bill.

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Introducing: Our New Recipe Contest Community Moderators

We’ve long prided ourselves on our recipe contests, calling upon our community of cooking and baking enthusiasts to share their latest, greatest creations with us. The finalists earn a place in the Food52 recipe log, and the winner takes home a feature…

We've long prided ourselves on our recipe contests, calling upon our community of cooking and baking enthusiasts to share their latest, greatest creations with us. The finalists earn a place in the Food52 recipe log, and the winner takes home a feature on the homepage, and bragging rights for eternity.

Our community moderators help us narrow down the very best contest recipes, using their years of culinary experience (and general love for our outstanding readers) to analyze each entry from mise en place to plate. After much deliberation—and we mean much—they declare the champion, and we all celebrate.

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What’s Your Best Restaurant-Inspired Recipe For Dining In?

Share your best restaurant-inspired recipe, and let’s discover our communities’ most beloved eateries.

What’s a restaurant dish that’s been keeping your palate afloat during lockdown measures, when it feels like you’ve been around your own repertoire …

Share your best restaurant-inspired recipe, and let's discover our communities' most beloved eateries.

What's a restaurant dish that's been keeping your palate afloat during lockdown measures, when it feels like you've been around your own repertoire 30 times and just can't figure out what to make next? Which chefs' recipes inspire your dining-out fantasies—the meals you can't wait to savor again?

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A Few Quick Cakes to Start 2021 Right – Your Best Snacking Cake Contest Finalists

Our Top Two Snacking Cakes – Plus an Honorable Mention

Before everyone dives into their food-related New Year’s resolutions (a la juice cleanses or Whole 30) to pare down that holiday (or quarantine) weight, we offer you our two lovely finalists in ou…

Our Top Two Snacking Cakes - Plus an Honorable Mention

Before everyone dives into their food-related New Year's resolutions (a la juice cleanses or Whole 30) to pare down that holiday (or quarantine) weight, we offer you our two lovely finalists in our latest Contest. We asked our community members for their simple but delicious cake recipes that were one layer and came together in one bowl. If frosting was included, it had to have less than five ingredients and also come together in one bowl. Our community delivered.

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Our Community’s 5 Best Snack Cakes, Just in Time for the Holidays

From our community to your kitchen, here are our top five snacking cakes for any time at all!

For our latest culinary contest, we asked for your best recipe for snacking cakes: simple cake recipes prepared in just one bowl. If the recipe included f…

From our community to your kitchen, here are our top five snacking cakes for any time at all!


For our latest culinary contest, we asked for your best recipe for snacking cakes: simple cake recipes prepared in just one bowl. If the recipe included frosting, it had to include fewer than than five ingredients, and also come together in one bowl. As always, our community members rose to the challenge, and delivered us a variety of cakes that fit the bill.

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The 5 Books That Changed the Cookie Game

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and put…

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we're finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you.


Two months ago, reviewers Ruth, Erin, and Shereen exhausted their CSA boxes, looking for the best vegetable book out there.

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What’s the Greatest Snacking Cake of All Time? You Tell Us.

Many of us are preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday that might be unlike any we have experienced before (as evidenced by the addition of the term “micro Thanksgiving” into our vernacular). But even a small or socially distanced celebration can be an e…

Many of us are preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday that might be unlike any we have experienced before (as evidenced by the addition of the term "micro Thanksgiving" into our vernacular). But even a small or socially distanced celebration can be an effort in the kitchen. As you recover from turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie this weekend and you start to crave something a little sweet with out too much effort—think snacking cakes!

In our current recipe contest, we would love to see your best snacking cake recipe that:

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