Home cooking brings a full set of joys and rewards: The pleasure of providing for yourself, the warmth of the kitchen, the nourishment of well-crafted meals. But there is another, even greater reward: The pure delight of our loved ones. Every now and then we all make something (a special cake, an amazing pan of lasagna) that moves our loved ones from merely appreciative to downright giddy. What recipes have made this happen for you? This isn't just about good recipes. There are plenty of good recipes I've cooked that made people very happy. But every now and then one just pushes people over the edge.
I have a chocolate cookie recipe coming up later today from chef Michel Richard; this is the latest example of this phenomenon, for me. A few of my friends just went stark raving mad for these cookies.
What about you? What recipes make your friends and family just beg for more? What recipes do they still talk about, a year later?