Spring tulips in Australia

What’s the Best Recipe You’ve Ever Cooked?

by Maureen on April 30, 2012

The photo is one I’ve been saving since last spring so I could wish all you Northerners who are stealing our summer a happy springtime!  I love tulips and would have some in the house all the time.  I should grow them in pots so I could do that but I’m always busy cooking in my spare time.

Someone asked me that question yesterday when they found out that I have a food blog.  They assumed that since I love to cook more than just about anything that I would have a hierarchy of recipes from favorite to crap.

I smiled just a little bit and said, “That’s like asking me which of my children I like best.”  Most of my recipes are my favorites until I come up with one I like better.

One day I’ll love an ice cream recipe and the next day it’s a slow roasted fillet of beef, dark pink from edge to edge, and the next day it will be the delicious lamb chops fresh off the bbq or the curried quinoa salad that’s my vegetarian crack. See what I mean?

I could point to a current recipe as my favorite but then I have a huge list of recipes from your blogs that I looked at and would swear that each would be a best recipe for me.  For instance, these are a few on my recipe bucket list:

Calzone ai Funghi (Mushroom Calzones) by Bellalimento.comCalzone ai Funghi {Mushroom Calzones}
from www.bellalimento.com

World's Best Baked Onions by theculinarychase.comWorld’s Best Baked Onions – and I’ve never met an onion I didn’t like.
by www.theculinarychase.com

maple-bourbon ice cream by zencancook.comMaple-Bourbon Ice cream
by www.zencancook.comBrownies with Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Lace by cafefernando.comBrownies with Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Lace
by www.cafefernando.com

So, dear friends, I’ve got a long way to go before deciding on my best recipe ever.  If I’d been asked what my signature recipe was or what recipe I’m asked to make more often than any other, that would have been pretty easy.

What’s your signature recipe that everyone knows you make better than anyone else?


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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Trish April 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I think that ice cream is my new favourite!


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I’m so glad this post evolved the way it did, because when I read the title I felt a flicker of panic at not know what I like best! Thankfully I’m not alone, it would seem :) Far too hard to choose – and in your case, all of the images here look delicious.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

It’s so hard to pick a favourite and I say the same-like choosing a child! :P


Choc Chip Uru April 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Gorgeous pics – totally reminiscent of sun and warmth :)
I think people know me for chocolate dishes – straight ;) – though definitely not one single dish though I think having a signature dish would be awesome!
What a yummy selection you have shown!

Choc Chip Uru


Joanne April 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Oh my, I really couldn’t choose either. It truly depends on my mood and then whether we’re talking sweet and savory….I’m not even sure I could pick a top 5!
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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking April 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Oh how hard to pick a favorite! After seeing those brownies with hazelnut butter it has made me want to bake something chocolate!!


Chickpeas April 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

This is awesome. I love icecream & that choclate brownies is looking yummy. I love choclate flavour. Thanks for posting this recipe.


Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook May 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

Can’t choose my own favorite, but your round-up looks fantastic. Those calzones, they’d definitely be on my list!
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Sandra's Easy Cooking May 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

:)) Yea it’s very hard to pick one from such a wide collection! I love your bucket list..Mushroom Calzones is must try..I am totally drooling looking at the photo and imagine the flavor:)))


kitchenriffs May 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

This is actually a difficult question! There are so many things I make that I love to do, and are pretty good. I would guess my soups made with dried beans and my pastas are the 2 things people would think of as my signature dishes – mainly because I love both, and cook both so often. But usually my favorite recipe is whatever I plan to make next! Fun post – thanks.


The Café Sucré Farine May 1, 2012 at 2:13 am

It would be almost impossible for me to choose but…………. if someone was going to cut my head off if I didn’t choose………… or put me in a room full of frogs,………… I would probably say it’s my poppyseed pound cake with cascades of caramel icing. :)


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

Wow, your brownies with hazelnut butter and chocolate lace are jaw dropping! Looks amazing.


Suzie May 1, 2012 at 2:45 am

I could choose a favorite, then another favorite, and another. You get the point. I have too many dishes I love.


Frugal in WV May 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

I’m the same as you, I can’t pick just one :) I love the tulip photo, very pretty!


Krista May 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

My cooking club always asks me to make proscuitto-wrapped asparagus grilled and topped with a lemon-caper-butter sauce. :-) My favorites usually change according to the weather. :-)


Roberta May 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

I love that gorgeous colored tulip. Looks like a gorgeous sunset or tangerine sorbet if you want a food analogy.

If you had asked my favorite food I ever ate I would have chosen the fresh Alaskan King Crab I had in San Francisco.

This question was not too hard for me. The best food I ever cooked was my mother’s Chicken Paprikash. Even though I have never gotten my noodles as light and airy as she did, the fact that the Paprikash and noodles tatsted like my mom’s made my cry with joy.


Roberta May 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

P.S. Love all the pictures you posted. Every one of them looks so delicious. But I wanted to lick and bite my computer monitor to taste those scrumptious onions wrapped in bacon.


Eileen May 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

That is a good question… I think I like my Mac & Cheese recipe the best as far as cooking. For baking – hmmmm???? I’ll have to think on that. Love your round up :)


Rhonda May 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

I don’t really have a dish but everyone says I need to start bottling my hot sauce and salsa! That ice cream photo is stunning.


Marina@Picnic at Marina May 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

What a beautiful tulips! great spring colors, thank you for such a nice gesture! My favorite recipe? Today it’s on my blog, handkerchief with sweet jam…:)


claudia lamascolo May 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

this is a hard one for sure for any foodie~


Baking Serendipity May 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I love tulips in the spring too :) And maple bourbon ice cream just made my “must eat right now!” list. Amazing!


Gina May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Love the tulips. Hmm, I’d have to say I agree with you, I’m so fickle and I love something, but then some flashier shiner model comes along and I can’t take my eyes off it. Like that maple bourbon ice cream.


Hotly Spiced May 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I just wouldn’t know what to choose but there is one dish I cook that my husband loves and he says it’s his favourite every time I cook it. Barbequed eye fillet of beef served on a bed of baked baby potatoes and French eshallots with Massaman sauce and served with steamed greens. xx


Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama May 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I have 3….
Potato Salad
Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Baked Mac n’ Cheese

I have been making all 3 for as long as I can remember for events and such.

Great post!


Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

It’s so hard to pick a favorite since I grew up with so many wonderful dishes that I still crave as an adult.
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Priscilla @ShesCookin May 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

Wow – this is proof that food is SEXY…especially first thing in the morning when all you’ve had is a cuppa! My signature is secretly healthy dishes – and I’ve got an arsenal of them, but rarely do the same thing twice :)


Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen May 2, 2012 at 2:14 am

Maureen, great answer, and it is so true – what’s your favourite recipe right now, might have been replaced by an even better one by supper time! Lovely roundup – my favourites are jostling for space after reading this post. Signature dish? Cupcakes – I make them on request for friends and family and try and reflect their personalities in the flavour and decoration choices so although the ingredients are more or less the same, the results never fail to surprise. Are they my favourites? – not by a long shot.
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5 Star Foodie May 2, 2012 at 3:21 am

I always say my favorite recipe is my newly created one LOL I almost never make anything twice and if I repeat a dish I never make it quite the same way :)


Catalina @ Cake with Love May 2, 2012 at 5:00 am

I love tulips, my grandparents have a big garden with different flowers, I just love to visit it during spring time!!
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Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) May 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

Well said. I couldn’t pick just one either. I have used this phrase countless times in my blog: “This is my new favorite ____. ” And as a food blogger, aren’t we always in search of that next favorite? :)

Tulips are my absolute favorite flower–thanks for sharing those beauties with us. Unfortunately, the deer like to eat them so no chance that I’ll ever have them in my backyard.

Enjoy the rest of your week, Maureen. :)


Kankana May 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

If only I could pick one! All these links sounds lovely and love the maple brown ice cream


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

I don’t know how I could pick my favorite. I had the question what would your last meal be, I have no idea!! I don’t even think I could pick a favorite from the couple you shows – the calzones are sounding really good right now though!


Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

Delicious links, Maureen! Favorite recipe…It’s hard to pick up one! I love to many dishes :) But my new favorite will be persimmons and chocolate bread. I’ve been baking this bread every Saturday ever since I got the persimmons from the farmers market :) Days are cold down here. Have a wonderful week ahead!
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the food dude May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

Wow, I think these four recipes would be my new favorites, and that ice cream looks awesome!


yummychunklet May 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

That mushroom calzone photo looks delicious! I’ll have to try that soon.


ea-the spicy rd May 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Love your gorgeous tulips!! I bought some {in a paler version} for a dinner party I had this weekend,and I love the way they flop over the side of the vase. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite recipe of mine, but my quinoa salad w/ spinach, onions, feta and some other stuff, has become one of my signature dishes.


Nami | Just One Cookbook May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I think life is boring if you can only pick one favorite. We’re lucky that we can’t pick because we are surrounded by good things. :-) Your selections are amazing. Everyone has amazing talent!!


Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen May 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Maureen, I’ve been wanting to try that lace-topped brownies by Cenk for like, forever! I just need a steady hand and a cool room to make sure the lace doesn’t break up or melt in our tropical weather. I agree with you, I can’t choose my favorite recipe… a better one’s always around the corner!


Tina (PinayInTexas) May 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

I love everything in your bucket list, Maureen!
I cook a lot and my family and friends always like them so it would be hard to pick one favorite recipe. :)


Kitchen Belleicious May 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

the ice cream the onions, the chocolate lace brownies! oh my! I am in food heaven! I can’t see straight:)


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

That ice cream is calling out my name. So loudly :D


Jamie May 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

That is a stumper! I have no idea although one of my chocolate cakes (the Espresso Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Mascarpone Frosting or my Decadent Chocolate Cake with Christmas Spices) are pretty near the top of the list but I love going back between sweet and savory. I’d love to try those lace-topped brownies, though!


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