I own "The New Best Recipe" cookbook, "The Best of America's Test Kitchen" 2007, and "Restaurant Favorites at Home" from Cook's Illustrated and have had amazing results with many of these recipes and have also had a few that were good, but not the best. I am curious what recipes you have tried by Cooks Illustrated and what ones weren't so good. I have gotten some of my best recipes and ideas from Cook's Illustrated so lets make a list for those of us that want to make only the best of the best from these books.
Here are some of my favs:
-Black Bean Soup, p. 63 in The New Best Recipe, this is the best black bean soup I have ever eaten!! It may even be one of the best soups I have ever eaten.
-Hearty Meat Lasagna, p. 282 in TNBR, my hubby and I LOVED this recipe and lasagna is one of our favorite things
-Chicken Stock p. 32 TNBR, this the only stock I have ever made, but it was VERY simple and tasted amazing.
-Wilted spinach Salad, p. 88 in TNBR, positively addicting. Had to eat it all in one sitting.
-Mayonnaise, p 76 in TNBR, my eldest daughter is allergic to egg whites so we do the hand mix version and it is very easy and good. She loves it.
-Classic Roast Turkey and gravy, p 360 TNBR, Excellent flavor but very difficult to make. We did make 2 that year though so if I make it again we will only do 1 bird. The gravy is amazing, tastes like one from a fine, gourmet restaurant.
-Beef Chili with Kidney Beans, p 443 in TNBR, WOW! Excellent! I have made this over and over, and my hubby and kids love it! I serve with Tortilla chips lining the bowl, shredded cheese, fresh avocado, fresh cilantro, chopped green onion, fresh lime, and sour cream. It is comfort in a bowl!
-Roasted carrots, p. 150 in TNBR, excellent.
-Broccoli Rabe, p. 142 in TNBR, Very good, and hubby loved it!
Yew York Cheese Cake, p. 868 in TNBR, my first time making Cheese Cake, and I did it for my hubby's b-day a couple years ago since it is his favorite desert. It tasted great, I was surprised by how well it turned out because I have always heard that most people have to make Cheese Cake several times to get it right. He loved it!
-Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies, p. 796, TNBR mmmm, very yummy!
-Basic Omlet, p. 636 in TNBR, the best basic omlet recipe ever! I of course come up with my own fillings though ... and sometimes I do add an extra egg for my hubby.
-Ranch Dressing, p 78 in TNBR. I loved it and have made it 3 times now.
-Chunky Guacamole, I don't really like to follow a recipe for mine, but I learned how to handle my avocados better from their tips.
-Pasta and Quick Tomato Sauce, p 245 TNBR I love this recipe! It is SO easy and good. I usually make mine with fresh sage sausage and top with Parmesan cheese.
-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, p. 82 in The Best of America's test Kitchen 07, these truly were as good as the best biscuits I have had made professionally. So flaky and delicious. This is a comfort food!
-Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce, p. 125 in The Best of America's Test Kitchen 07, Excellent with a few modifications to the sauce. The slow cooker really does not cook it down very well, so i had to put mine in the oven to cook down and the end result was the best bolognese sauce I have ever had. Of course with the use of Hawaiian sea salt, my secret to good pasta.
-Chicken Kiev, p. 181 in The Best of America's Test Kitchen 07, I love this!!
-Maple Sausage and Waffle Breakfast Casserole, p. 75 in The Best of America's Test Kitchen 07. It makes me want to drool to think of this. It was that good! Mmmmm! Another comfort food recipe.
Now for the good recipes I have made that aren't quite the "best":
-Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin cookies p. 782 in TNBR, Very good, and some may consider to be the best, but my taste buds just don't think so. I love cinnamon in mine and they don't like cinnamon in their cookies. Also they were too sweet. for me. The texture was amazing though. definitely thick and chewy!
-Eggplant Parmesan, p. 166 in TNBR. Excellent but not the best I have ever eaten.
-Hearty lentil soup, p. 56, in TNBR, good, but I like my vegan recipe for the Crock Pot better.
-Cream of Tomato Soup, p. 46 in TNBR. Excellent, but not the best. Definitely too much work!
-American Sandwich Bread, p. 725 in TNBR. Maybe it was me, but it didn't turn out very good.
-Chicken Caesar Salad, p. 110 in TNBR, Good, but not the best.
-Hummus, p. 13 in TNBR. Great, but I like mine with cumin and a bit more garlic. Good basic recipe though.
-Light Cream of Broccoli Soup, p. 29 in The Best of America's Test Kitchen 07, good, but not the best.
If I think of more I will add.