Recipes passed down from generation to generation are special. That they stand the test of time is reason alone to love them -- a generous helping of the past on a plate or in a casserole dish.
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Newly born dishes, shaped by chefs forging brave trails in restaurant kitchens, are important too. Perhaps sometimes inspired by the past. But these... Well, they've earned their keep.
In a community like ours, with a root system cupping the globe, there lies a treasure trove of such gems, recreated day and night in homes across the Magic City. Here's one I recently uncovered for spaetzel, a free form noodle dish from Czechoslovakia, on my Kitchen Interviews blog.