Late Winter Inspiration: 20 Things On the To-Cook List

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Joanna’s post earlier today on finding inspiration in the home stretch of winter rings true for most of us here at The Kitchn. It’s too early for the excitement of spring produce, but Soup Month is definitely over. It seems like this cooking ennui is a blog meme; Dana asked about it last week; Orangette confessed she wasn’t terribly excited about cooking these days, and Heidi at 101 Cookbooks shared a I-don’t-feel-like-cooking recipe, too.

Here’s the thing, though. I have scads of things in my bookmarks folder marked “To Cook” — and perhaps now is the time to dig through them. Here, for your reading pleasure, is a whole list of bookmarked recipes and good ideas; maybe they’ll spark something in you too.

This list is slightly random — no balanced meals here. I have so many bookmarked recipes it was hard to choose among them all! (Recipes pictured above are in bold below.)

Grilled Beef Tagliata with Rosemary, Capers, and Lemons – I really can’t think of a more attractive combination of flavors.

Komisbrot – A bread, or a fruitcake with egg whites and dried fruit – it’s unclear. But it has a beautiful back story.

Italian-Style Cabbage Salad – It was the capers, again. Or maybe just the cabbage.

Grapefruit-Ginger Sherbet – It looks so pink, and sounds so refreshing.

Deep-Dish Pecan Pie – By far the most stunning pie I have ever seen.

Gan Bian Si Ji Dou (Dry-Fried Green Beans) – I am semi-obsessed with Chinese-style beans (and greens), and this recipe is one more step towards the perfect recipe.

Bengali Style Malabar Spinach – See above, except, you know, Indian instead of East Asian.

Garlic Soup – Still haven’t gotten around to this one, but should soon.

Lemon Ginger Baked Chicken for a Crowd – Every other week I cook for a big group of friends, and I am constantly bookmarking recipes for this.

Mulled Red Wine – I’m a sucker for wine punches and hot drinks. This one has kirsch, cinnamon, and whole peppercorns!

Amazing Black Bean Brownies Recipe – Fascinated by the idea of beans in brownies.

Sablés Korova (Korova Cookies) – Chocolate and salt cookies from Dorie Greenspan and Pierre Hermé. How can this go wrong?

Onion Omelettines – Simple, easy, and good.

Persian Nougat – Nougat has been on my to-cook list for a long time.

Balzano Apple Cake – There are many apple cakes and apple desserts on my list; this is just one.

Tourte Aux Blettes – A sweet tart with chard. This is a specialty of Nice, and I have wanted to try making it ever since I had it there last fall.

Chocolate Spice Cake – An unusual cake: cocoa with chopped nuts and a spice blend of cinnamon, pepper, orange peel, raisins and nuts.

Fennel-and-Sage Crusted Pork Tenderloin – A very attractive riff on an old dinner stand-by.

Tea-Smoked Pork and Tender Cabbage Stir-Fry – Home-smoked meats are very intriguing to me; I’d like to try one out.

OK, now it is your turn. What’s the last recipe you bookmarked to try?

Related: Gallery: 11 Winter Salads to Eat Right Now

(Images: Clockwise from upper left, Waitrose; Charles Schiller for Country Living; Tara Fisher)