From poppy seed strudel to Amazonian pasta and shrimp casserole, this year at Saveur was rich with new revelations and rediscovered classics. Here's what we loved cooking best in 2012.
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Mak Pirog (Poppy Seed Strudel)
I love this poppy seed strudel recipe for many reasons—it reminds me of my grandfather, who toiled to make the filling from scratch for his grandkids. And I have a very deep and soft spot for yeast dough pastry, a rustic staple of my childhood. This faithful rendition does justice to that underrepresented genre of baking, and it makes me think of home.
—Gabriella Gershenson, Senior Editor
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