For us, October 2012 was the month we celebrated our 150th issue with 150 all-time classic recipes, and the most popular—most viewed, shared, tweeted, and pinned—included some of the more simple and satisfying recipes from that list. These 10 recipes—including a creamy spaghetti alla carbonara, hearty chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, and a very, very moist chocolate layer cake—are the ones you loved most this month.
General Tso’s Chicken
While General Tso remains famous in his home province of Hunan, it turns out the eponymous dish named after him is relatively unknown. This recipe comes from author Fuschia Dunlop, who wrote about the dish for our 150th issue. Get the recipe for General Tso’s Chicken »
Pounding the chicken cutlets before cooking renders them thin and terrifically tender. Deglazing the pan with Marsala and stock after cooking the chicken creates a quick, rich sauce.
These are the Buffalo-resident’s Buffalo wings: true to the original 1964 recipe, wings are fried in peanut oil and then tossed in a mixture of melted margarine and fiery hot sauce. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to complete the classic dish.