Perfectly tender chicken, a quick pasta with a hint of lemon, the kind of cake you could eat every day for a whole week and not get bored: These are the dishes we’re in the mood for right now. How do we know that? Those recipes, including a Genius lemon buttermilk cake and Amanda Hesser's mother's oven-fried chicken, have been sweeping the competition on Food52 all month long—and rightfully so. Test-kitchen approved, they have that extra something special that makes them widely beloved.
Some of these recipes are simple dishes that require minimal prep while others, like the pecan cake, will take about a day of prep including inactive refrigeration time. But the end result is, in the words of one reviewer, “magnificent.”