The Recipes We Cooked Again and Again and Again in 2020


How Eater editors cooked their way through quarantine

While 2020 — the year of So. Much. Cooking. — might be remembered recipe-wise for sourdough, none of us could have made it through quarantine on bread alone. Among Eater editors, shelter-in-place got us into our home kitchens like never before and, naturally, we’ve depended on some recipes more than others to keep us going, rediscovering old favorites and finding new gems.

There were some common threads among the recipes we consistently turned to when we needed to cook, yet again. Meatballs were both fun to make and wildly practical; we could always count on noodles; we finally figured out what to do when we had too many greens in the fridge; and we made time for baking projects.

Below, the recipes we relied on this year:

Broccoli and egg fried rice: I basically lived on this for the first … Read more

Amazing Rotel Dip

This amazing Rotel Dip is the easiest and most delectable dip for any occasion! Perfectly spiced hamburger, creamy cheese and full flavored Rotel tomatoes combine in this quick appetizer, everyone will love.

Everyone loves a fabulous dip, there’s just something about taking crackers, veggies, or chips and dipping them into something delicious. For more dips try Insanely Delicious Hot Crab Dip, Loaded Creamy Ranch Dip or 5 Minute Million Dollar Dip for your next gathering.

Creamy, spicy Rotel Dip with corn chips.

Incredible Rotel Dip Recipe

This dip couldn’t be any easier or faster. When you need a fast dip, with tons of flavor this is the winner. Chock full of flavor, it isn’t overly spicy. Rotel is simply canned tomatoes with green chilies, which adds just a touch of spice.  I use taco seasoning to create more of that Mexican flare, but it doesn’t over power it. This makes it perfect for everyone. For those … Read more

CDC tips to avoid food poisoning this New Year’s Eve

Eating with family and making large buffets is a common holiday tradition for New Year’s Eve. One key safety fact to remember: drinking alcoholic beverages does not kill foodborne pathogens.

This year with Covid-19 cases rising and filling hospitals it is extra important to be safe and help reduce hospital visits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. 

Following these simple tips from the CDC could help prevent food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

Food Safety tips from the holidays from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Cook food thoroughly

Meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs can carry germs that cause food poisoning. Use a food thermometer to ensure these foods have been cooked to a safe internal temperature. Roasts, chops, steaks, and fresh ham should rest for Read more

Make This Jungle-Inspired Cocktail From One of Costa Rica’s Acclaimed Bartenders

Bartender Liz Furlong | Hulu

Raw cacao, local coffee, and fresh sugar cane juice star in a rum-based riff on the Old Fashioned

Perched above San José’s buzzing cultural center, Distrito Carmen, a softly lit cocktail bar hides amid a forest of potted plants from the not-so-far-off wilds. Called Selvática — meaning jungle — the acclaimed nightlife destination is the ideal setting for the inspired creations of visiting bartender Liz Furlong, who has made a career out of what she calls “jungle bartending, using what we can find in the jungle, or neotropical regions, to create delicious cocktails without importing ingredients.” (Learn more about Costa Rica’s jungle-to-table scene on Eater’s Guide to the World, now streaming on Hulu.)

Furlong — who has a bar of her own, Bebedero — has created a Costa Rican Old Fashioned that swaps the whisky for rum, of course, and blends freshly squeezed local … Read more

Seriously Amazing Air Fryer Hand Pies

Seriously Amazing Air Fryer Hand Pies are an easy way to have dessert! Tender sweet spiced apples in a flakey crust you can hold in your hand!

Plan a whole dinner using the air fryer. Start with Brown Sugar Garlic Air Fryer Salmon, Air Fryer Crispy Parmesan Brussel Sprouts and Homemade Air Fryer French Fries. End it with these pies for a dinner to remember!

Hand held apple pies made in the air fryer.

Sweet and Savory Hand Pies

The title says it all! These are seriously amazing! Sweet, tart filling surrounded a sugary flakey crust. Brings back memories of those pies you could get at the store or your favorite drive thru, only better. These will be perfect for a party, family gathering or just because. The options are endless. Dip these luscious vittles in caramel or drizzle with frosting. Warm and delicious they’re the perfect after dinner treat.

Get the whole family involved. Kids especially … Read more