Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken. Helen Rosner

From comforting Italian-American dishes to spicy Sichuanese recipes, summery tacos, and a decadent caramel cake, August’s most popular recipes were a varied group of classics that inspired us to get in the kitchen. Here are our 12 most viewed and shared recipes from the month.


​Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Persian Zucchini Frittata (Kuku Kadoo)

Persian Zucchini Frittata (Kuku Kadoo)

Rose’s Famous Caramel Cake

This buttery cake slathered with rich caramel icing has earned local fame on Chicago’s South Side—it’s one of our favorites to make for special occasions.

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Leftover chicken layered with shredded cabbage, pungent fish sauce, spicy chiles, and fresh mint makes a bright and simple salad great for a quick lunch or weeknight meal.

Smith Island Cake

Our recipe for this towering dessert, featuring eight layers of buttery yellow cake with chocolate-fudge icing, was inspired by a decadent version served at Becca’s Smith Island Cakes in Tasley, Virginia.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Boneless tilapia filets spiced with cayenne, cumin, paprika, and garlic make great soft tacos; serve them with shredded cabbage and a smoky chipotle mayonnaise sauce. Get the recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce »

Zucchini Stuffed with Ricotta

Stuffing zucchini with pecorino and ricotta makes a simple side dish that’s equally good eaten hot or at room temperature.

Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

Less is more in an elemental Roman pasta dish which takes its spiciness from cracked black pepper toasted in oil. Get the recipe for Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta) »

Shrimp Scampi

This simple, delicious seafood pasta, full of flavor from garlic, shallots, and red chile flakes, is a staple of Italian-American restaurants. See the recipe for Shrimp Scampi »
Tender beef meatballs served in a warming, subtly sweet tomato sauce can be adapted to be either an appetizer or main dish. See the recipe for Sweet and Sour Potted Meatballs »

Brown Rice Fritters

Similar to the Italian rice balls called arancini (which are usually made with risotto), these rice fritters have a creamy center and a slightly crisp exterior. See the recipe for Brown Rice Fritters »

Steak Fajitas with Green Sauce

Green Sauce Fajitas