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Best thing you've ever made?

This is my first post here as I've just started looking at this site but sounds like it's a great group of people to ask for some advice as follows... I'm embarking on a project to make 7 new recipes a week in an attempt to broaden my repertoire, learn new skills, gain confidence to cook and most importantly eat some great new dishes. Obviously there are soooo many recipes on this and other sites. But i'd like to shortlist some ideas by focusing on the real knockouts. Can you share your favourite all-time recipe - best thing you've ever made? Doesn't matter what it is, except nothing with peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pinenuts, pistachios (my husband is allergic). Thanks!

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  1. this recipe (with a 14 ounce can of san marzano tomatoes added) is one of my favorites:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bo...

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    1. re: mattstolz

      that sounds awesome and my husband LOVES ribs. Thanks!

      1. re: aussieinsantamonica

        it was a immediate favorite in my house! they fell in love with it as the braising ribs came out of the oven, an hour before it was even done!!

    2. This pate:

      http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cu...

      Actually, it's the second best thing I've ever made. Best, by far, is a cheese and grated carrot sandwich.

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        1. re: Harters

          I'm interested in that cheese and carrot sandwich. What sort of cheese? Bread? Toasted? Buttered? Any condiments?

          1. re: Isolda

            Cheese - Red Leicester
            Bread - supermarket sliced white, untoasted, margarine
            Carrot - organic
            Condiments - no

        2. Curried butternut squash and apple soup. There are lots of recipes for this online. Mine is from the old Marcia Adams show, Amish Cooking from Quilt Country. It absolutely needs chicken broth, and real full fat cream at the end (more if light, less if heavy - that applies to both the type of cream, and your physique! ;-D). The first taste of this soup is a real, where have you been all my life? experience.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Thank you, I'll look it up, sounds interesting!

          2. This is a Julia Child recipe, a beef and tomato stew with rice. I've made it at least once a year for 30 years.

            http://drhbar.com/2010/09/16/beef-a-l...

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              1. re: ChesterhillGirl

                I made this upon your suggestion yesterday and it is so good! I am having the leftovers now!

              2. I make this Beef Stroganoff for dinner sometimes, and it never fails to please: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...
                I am aware that this isn't the most traditional Stroganoff recipe (I believe there was a 200+ reply thread on the subject a few months back), but it hits all the right notes in my opinion. As an added plus, it also gives you some decent grounding in technique, which is probably even more important than a killer recipe.

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