what are your three favorite recipes from this blog?

People have occasionally commented that they wish I’d do a cookbook, an idea which has never really appealed to me because: a) my recipes are always based on someone else’s recipes (I’m not a recipe developer), b) it’d be a lot of work, c) who needs more recipes?, and d) all my favorites are already on the blog.

For the last 15 years, this blog has been a dumping grounds for my cooking experiments, discoveries, and trusted favorites. I’ve published the recipes mostly for my own benefit; it’s my personal record, as well as a handy family resource, and I reference the (ridiculously extensive) recipe index almost daily.

But then both my older daughter and my niece told me (rather aggressively) that I ought to make a hard copy of the recipes because they’re sick of looking up recipes whenever they want to make something.

scribbled recipe notes to eliminate computer scrolling

And the truth is, I’m kinda sick of searching my blog, too. The sheer quantity of recipes is overwhelming. The search bar feature is awkward and clunky. The index is disorganized. It would be awfully nice to have a streamlined binder with all my favorite selections. But would this sort of thing — a PDF of favorites that people could print off for themselves — even appeal to anyone besides me and a few family members? 

this week’s menu

Obviously, narrowing down the list to just my top 30-50 recipes would be a struggle. Maybe I’d have to do several docs, like one for breads, another for main dishes, and another for desserts? I don’t know. I’m just brainstorming…

But now I’m curious about two things:
1. How many of you actually cook from this blog?
2. If you do, which top three recipes do you reference most often?

I have way more than three — it’s more like thirty — but just for funsies, I’ll go with buttermilk pancakes, brown sugar granola, and hot chocolate mix. It’ll be fun to see if there’s any overlap with our favorites!


*And speaking of looking up recipes on my blog, my brother just installed a new search bar thingy and it’s soooo much better than what I had before. Thanks, bro!

This same time, years previous: the quotidian (9.12.22), Coco, lemony mashed potato salad, the quotidian (9.12.16), making my children jump.


  • shandra pacheco

    I am late responding, but I want to let you that I appreciate reading your recipes so much. I am living outside the USA and I have specially used the baking recipes from when you were outside the USA (as they are affordable and made with easy to find ingredients locally) as well as your granola recipes. Thanks so very much.

  • Liz Lockhart

    Hobo beans – the google search that led me to your fantastic blog several years ago, Beef peposo and the Amish braided bread. We love lots of your recipes but those are real favourites!

  • Kristen

    Your Russian pancakes are on a constant rotation over here. Sometimes sweet for company breakfast, sometimes savory for a fast dinner.

  • Erin

    My #1 sandwich bread go-to recipe is your Brown Bread recipe. I reference your recipes often, especially when in a cooking rut. Other often-referenced favs are oatcakes, any of the curries and chicken shawarma.

  • Janet

    Jennifer, I reference your recipes all the time!
    Whole wheat zucchini bread, zucchini parmesan lasagna, blackberry cobbler and so many more.
    I would buy your cookbook and one for my daughter!
    Janet, Belair WA

  • Derrelyn Phelps

    Your Butter Chicken recipe is a favorite, and I can always count on you to have delicious desserts so when I have a hankering to try something new I come here first.

  • Camille in NH

    Turns out I’ve lifted so MANY more than three recipes from you over the years. I’ll try to keep my favorites list short. By the way, and it’s long overdue, Thank you!

    Potatoes in cream with Gruyere (dinner tonight!)
    Hobo Beans
    Tomatoey potatoes & green beans
    Simple Lasagna
    Cheesy bacon toast

  • Laurie L

    I use your blog for recipes regularly. I don’t find it cumbersome, but I have printed a few that I like a lot. Here is what I found that I’ve printed– means I make it regularly.
    Ham and Bean Soup, Vegetarian Groundnut Stew, Thai Chicken Curry, Golden Chicken Curry. Most recent new favorite- Salvations Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  • Marie

    Embarrassing but true – the only one I’ve made is the spicy Rosemary popcorn and I’ve made it quite a bit and I think it should go in any cookbook. A bold and perhaps ludicrous position, but I gotta be me.

  • Melissa

    Sour cream and berry baked oatmeal. I always use dried cranberries, mix the whole thing together ( minus baking powder and melted butter) and refrigerate overnight. In the morning I add the baking powder and melted butter, bake, and serve! Love it!

  • Jessica

    There are really so many, but if I must…granola (my family’s fave), honey baked chicken, (I could drink that sauce) and the lemony meatballs-they are my favorite meal to bring to friends. Definitely make a cookbook!!

  • Genevieve

    Chickpeas with spinach (my favourite quick dinner, a crowd pleaser and always fantastic topped with a fried egg as you recommended), raspberry ricotta cake and (embarrassingly) 7 minute egg…

  • Lauralli

    I can’t do 3 because 5 are my favorites: sourdough crackers, crispy baked hash browns, pesto torte, $5 curtido, & Italian wedding soup. So many more things I’ve made and more still I have yet to try but want to!

  • Jennifer in CA

    Your blog is always one that I search through when I’m looking for a specific recipe or working through an idea. I trust your cooking so much! The first recipe I made of yours was cinnamon raisin bread, which is still exactly how I make it. I also use your jammy oat bars recipe (a common thread in the comments!), and your granola and scones recipes whenever I make those. Scrolling through your recipes today, now I want to make them all! Would love a pdf by category.

  • Margaret

    I regularly get recipes from your blog! One favorite is roasted cauliflower soup with curry. (Not sure that’s the name) make it all the time and it’s always delicious!

  • Carol S-B

    I love so many of your recipes. I often cook from your blog. I’d buy a PDF (so easy to ship) or a cookbook. You and Julie V-R are my go-to’s when it comes to darn near anything!

  • Candi R

    I’ve read your blog probably since my late teens and continue to come back for the stories of motherhood, past trips out of the US, & cooking adventures.

    I often search your dessert repitorie at Christmas time, we adore your Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Eggnog. Other go to recipes are Shannon’s Creamy Broccoli Soup and Dinner Pie (Quiche). You’re YouTube video of pie crust methods is also very useful.

  • katie

    We share a lot of the same approaches to cooking so I gather a lot of ideas from you, but often don’t use specific recipes. That said, some of your stuff has become so basic to my cooking that I don’t even think of them as coming from you anymore:
    Roasted Tomato Sauce
    Cranberry Orange Pie (I think this was you? I can’t find it right now.)
    Nova Scotia Oatcakes
    Vanilla Cream Cheese Braids
    And on the rare occasion I make ice cream, I tend to pull from your recipes

    I like that you filed “fruit cobbler” under main dishes.

  • BeckyJ

    I love your recipes and usually go to your blog for ideas 🙂

    Some of my go-to’s are lemon honey ginger tea (a must when I’m sick!)
    Farmer boy pancakes
    Pepperoni rolls
    Jammy bars

  • Jenny S

    I just made 2 batches of Refrigerator Bran Muffins last week and your Italian Wedding Soup is a fall favorite of ours.
    For recipes that I want to try (both from here and other places on the internet), I usually print out a hardcopy and if I like it, then it goes into my trusty 3-ring binder.

  • Melinda Armentrout

    Jammy Bars, Roasted Pasta Sauce (the ONLY one I can and make fresh as well), Cherry Bounce, Lemon Cream Cake, Italian Cream Cake. Honestly anytime I want something different than my normal personal go-to recipes, I search yours!

  • Janelle Myers-Benner

    Sky High Biscuits!!!!! But not reading all these comments, I want to try a bunch of other things. I would definitely utilize a pdf compilation of recipes!

  • JS

    Lemon lentil soup, butter chicken, soft sourdough sandwich bread, sourdough English muffins, baked oatmeal, chickpeas and spinach, whole wheat zucchini bread, sloppy joes.
    That’s more than 3, but those are the ones I know off the top of my head are in rotation in my kitchen! I always check the blog when I’m needing inspiration. I have thought also of printing recipes for my family, but I’ve just saved them all on an Evernote account for now.

  • TrishJ

    I cook from your blog at least 10-12x/month! My favorites: pepperoni rolls, 5-minute bread, all your sourdough recipes, and “I’m in Love” potatoes with cream & gruyere. I’ve been following your blog for ages and I found you when you were mentioned in a post somewhere else on free-range parenting – maybe 14ish years ago?

  • Jen in MN

    I usually go for the desserts. I loved the peach bourbon rosemary pie (not sure that’s the exact name!). I also loved the banana pudding and the almond amaretto pound cake. Also the soft sourdough bread recipe as cinnamon rolls. Oops, that’s four. 🙂

  • Charlsey

    World’s best pancakes (remind me of how my granny used to make them and I refuse to use another recipe)
    Classic bran muffins

    But I must say, I have been itching to try your raisin bread for several years now. I just don’t know how to dial back the recipe to make a smaller batch. But it’s on my list of recipes to try, among several others of yours 🙂

  • Amy in Oregon

    Dulce de leche
    Peanut butter jelly bars
    Top 3. bagels, pizza dough/rolls round out the top 5.
    I do dream about your cheesemaking tho

  • Deborah R

    I think the latest 3 I’ve made are bacon-wrapped jalapenos, honey baked chicken (frequently requested by my granddaughter), and your flour tortillas (a staple), but many of your recipes are my go to and when I’m looking for a recipe I often check your site to see if you have a version of what I’m looking for.

  • Barbara W

    Pesto Torte- Pesto Torte- Pesto Torte! I now make four of these tortes every summer. My family and friends literally swoon over it!

  • mommychef

    Pumpkin cranberry cream cheese muffins
    Thai Chicken Curry
    George Washington Carver Sweet Potato Soup
    (And anybody who ever asks me for a fool proof pastry recipe, I send them to you)

  • Nicole

    soft sourdough bread (it’s a staple here)
    chocolate scones
    coffee cake

    these are just a few but i’ve made a lot more. your recipes are ridiculously delicious.

  • Katherine

    I’ve been reading for years and I do make some of the recipes. Here are my top three:

    Granola Bars
    Apple Strudel
    Kate’s Enchiladas

  • Lori in CT

    I have bookmarked so many of your recipes through the years. I have made 1) mud cake, 2) Kate’s enchiladas, and 3) jammy oat bars multiple times.

    • Lynn Christine Hull

      Definitely Korean beef, it’s in my recipe box now. I also like cherry bounce and the pesto torte. I’d buy a pdf or book too!

  • Hattie

    I salute your baking prowess and have enjoyed many of your recipes in that domain. My top favorites include:
    1. Orange Cranberry Scones
    2. Raspberry Ricotta Cake
    3. Brown Sugar Rhubarb Muffins
    All three (and more!) are in my recipe folder on my laptop. I’ve pretty much given up on
    hard cover cookbooks.

  • Elaine

    I read and enjoyed your blog for years but never comment – so here goes!

    Dutch Puff
    Honey Baked Chicken
    Pesto Torte

    And I would definitely buy a cookbook!

  • Jessica H

    Sweet and sour lentils, smoky chickpeas (to find this recipe I always google “jennifer murch a logical progression,” you would think I’d have it memorized by now if I have the post title memorized), and vegetarian groundnut stew

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