Sriracha meatloaf. My husband Dave made a meatloaf with ground pork and beef and added lemongrass and green onions and a siracha-based sauce on top. Really, really good. I don't know why we only had this once. Good for sandwiches, too.
Pleasant House royal pies. These are personal savory pies fully enclosed in a crust. Taller and more like cylinders than pot pies. They were served at a Kinfolk farm dinner and the gentle people got intense in competition for certain flavors.
Katherine Anne hot chocolate--There are dozens of possible hot chocolate & marshmallow combinations. My favorite is Mexican hot chocolate with a salted caramel marshmallow. I feel like I could win a monster truck rally without a truck after drinking a full cup.
RIP: Two Brother's Long Haul, one of my favorite beers, a delicious session ale is no longer since Two Brother's has moved to a different brewing method.
For my friend Darcelle's birthday we went out to MK. I like the atmosphere and the staff was fantastic. My favorite thing was their lemony linguine with patty pan squash. I have been trying to reproduce it.
Ramen at Ramen Shop in Oakland is a perfect meal. There was a line before they opened for dinner. My ramen had an egg, fresh corn, ground pork belly, greens,...lots of other stuff, with a dollop of squash blossom butter melting on top.
Salt potatoes. Apparently this comes from Upstate New York. You dump a ton of table salt into the water and boil new or fingerling potatoes. They come out with a crispy , perfectly salted skin and a creamy interior. I don't like much salt and was skeptical before I tried these. Put pats of butter on the outside. This is the best way to make potatoes.
Bread pudding from Cook's Illustrated. This is really healthy so I make it regularly. The secret is to use challah and do not soak all the bread pieces; you embed some crispy pieces on top and then is all works out.
I juiced at home this year. Favorite mix is fennel, cucumber, ginger, green apple, lemon, parsley.
Green rice from Rick Bayless. I made his 23 ingredient moles, but this is the recipe I go back to. Boil rice with white onions, roast poblanos in the broiler, cut corn off the cob, add cilantro and queso fresco on top. Satisfying with a lot of flavor.
Mushroom gravy. The recipe doesn't really matter. You can sauté the mushrooms with onions and/or garlic or not, add the flour, and add whatever broth you want. You can add red or white wine with the broth. You can't really mess it up. I made it with shiitakes. With maitakes it's even better.