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Fine Cooking’s Most Popular Recipes in 2018

Looking back, 2018 was one spectacular year in food – and we’re not ready to let go just yet. From soul-satisfying, homemade ramen to a towering brown butter layer cake, we’re giving our most popular recipes of 2018 one more minute in the spotlight.

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    January: Chashu Ramen

    When the weather's at its coldest, we can think of no better comfort food than this real-deal ramen noodle soup, with a full-flavored homemade stock, braised pork belly, marinated eggs, and noodles.
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    February: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

    The smooth, silky texture of homemade condensed milk is unlike anything you'll find in a can. Stir it into coffee, use it in a tres leches cake or key lime pie, or swirl it into a batch of brownies before baking.
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    March Irish Cream Caramel Cheesecake

    A shot of Irish cream in the creamy filling and a luscious caramel topping make this cheesecake the perfect way to cap off a St. Patrick’s Day menu.
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    April: Mexican Chopped Salad

    The perfect pairing for taco night: each ingredient is interesting to eat, and together they combine to give you something even better.
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    May: Lemon Icebox Cake

    A brilliant Mother's Day dessert, featuring slices of homemade angel food cake layered with a luscious lemon mousse right in the cake pan.
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    June: Skirt Steak with Golden Garlic Butter

    Based on a dish you’ll find in many Rio de Janeiro restaurants, this recipe packs a lot of bold flavor into just five simple ingredients.
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    July: Blueberry Streusel Bars

    Always a hit at summer picnics, these addictive squares strike the perfect balance between tart and sweet and chewy and crunchy.

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    August: Brie, Peach, and Smoked Pork Grilled Cheese

    In this ultra-decadent take on grilled cheese, peach preserves add a bright sweetness to the smoky pork and rich brie.
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    September: Roasted Beets with White Balsamic & Citrus Dressing

    The bright, sweet-tart dressing wakes up the earthy flavors of beets and may just win over some new fans for the humble root vegetable.
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    October: Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake

    One of our all-time most popular recipes, this spiced pumpkin cake makes a spectacular Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert, with its brown-butter-spiked cream cheese frosting and gingery glazed-nut topping.
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    November: Yukon Gold Gruyere Galette

    For an unusual way to serve potatoes at the holidays, layer thin slices in a tart pan with Gruyere, and bake in the oven. The results are crisper than a gratin, but still just as cheesy and delicious.
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    December: Parmesan Bacon Gougeres

    With a crackly shell and a light, pillowy middle, gougères, also called cheese puffs, are one of the most perfect foods to pop in your mouth between sips of Champagne. These ones, from Donald Link's book Down South, add bacon to take it right over the top.
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