featured recipes

Our featured recipes are here to give you a feel for how the numnums recipe platform works. But while we were at it, we personally cooked each of them and vouch that they are delicious! We improve the recipes each time we make them, so we update them regularly with new findings.
  • jacques pepin's buttermilk strawberry shortcake with (or without) chipotle
    This recipe is a result of 2 coincidences. The first was the creation of strawberry chipotle jam to substitute for mango chutney for Mother’s day. The second came out from the desire to make use of leftover buttermilk from the wasabi ranch dressing we made for fried green beans. The finished product resulted in a delicious dessert with a kick! We found the recipe for buttermilk strawberry shortcake by flipping through the index of Jacques Pepin’s Essential Pepin. In addition to making use of our leftover buttermilk, it also made use of leftover sour cream, mint, and jam. It called for strawberry jam, but we used strawberry chipotle jam because it’s what we had on hand. We would definitely make it again with chipotle. strawberriesstrawberry chipotle jamall-purpose flourcake flourbaking powderbaking sodasugarsaltbutterbuttermilksour creammint
  • classic waffles
    We've dubbed these as "classic waffles" because they have a clean flavor profile, similar to that of Eggo waffles. These waffles are easy to prepare and are evenly golden once cooked. Our two year old sometimes helps with pouring and mixing the batter, and we actually made 6 batches of this recipe with her preschool class. all-purpose flourcornstarchsugarkosher saltbaking powderbaking sodawhole milkavocado oileggvanilla extractavocado oilbuttersyrup/honey and/or powdered sugarberries
  • ina garten's overnight Belgian waffles
    Most of the heavy lifting for this delicious waffle recipe is done the night before. The flavor is yeasty and complex; the texture is moist. When we don't have time to do the prep for this recipe, we defer to our classic waffle recipe instead. warm wateractive dry yeastsugarwhole milkunsalted butterhoneykosher saltvanilla extractall-purpose flourextra-large eggsbaking sodaavocado oilbutterpowdered sugarmaple syrupwhipped cream
  • mom's bistec recipe
    When I was growing up, having my grandma’s bistec for a meal always excited me! I’d be delighted to eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I love its saltiness and tanginess. I love how the flavor of the sauce gets into the onions and the rice. Bistec is a Filipino home-cooking dish that is essentially thin slices of beef marinated in lemon and soy sauce. The beef is seared and browned, the onions are sautéed, and a reduction sauce from the fond and drippings naturally emerges. This dish is a crowd pleaser for casual settings. I once made this dish for a potluck and when all the ladies asked me for the recipe, they were surprised at how easy it was to make. chateaubriand steaksoy saucelemon juiceavocado oilonionsteamed white rice
  • recipe for pizza with a phyllo dough crust
    The discovery of this recipe was the result of a happy accident. We had leftover phyllo dough from another recipe that we didn’t want to waste. We found this recipe online in 2005 and have often made it for parties since. The combination of the flaky phyllo and parmesan make for a crunchy and savory pizza base, and the caramelized onions and concentrated tomatoes compliment it perfectly. Our two-year-old daughter helps us with assembly by sprinkling (and eating) the cheese for the many layers. Adapted from recipes posted on Epicurious and Sunset Magazine and modified with a Cooking Light technique to reduce fat. We did cook this with butter once and it tasted much better. cooking sprayphyllo doughparmesan wedgemozzarellaoniontomatoesoreganothyme
  • cook's illustrated mushroom bisque
    This soup is so comforting and earthy. The technique is brilliant and the taste is amazing! The recipe involves a few different phases and different types of equipment, but for us, the trouble is totally worth it since the taste is so delicious! We freeze leftovers to make easy meals for our two-year-old daughter. white mushroomscremini mushroomsshiitake mushroomssaltvegetable oilonionfresh thymepepperdry sherrywaterchicken brothheavy creamegg yolkslemon juicesalt and pepperheavy creamfresh chives
  • Jacques Pepin's Kale Chips
    This Jacques Pepin recipe is so easy to make and is a tasty way to get your veggies in for the day! Use the measurements below as guidelines. We make this so often that we simply add just enough olive oil and salt to lightly coat the kale, then we mix it all together with our hands. It always turns out awesome. Adapted from Jacques Pepin's More Fast Food My Way. curly kaleolive oilsalt and pepperchili flake
  • ina garten's roasted baby bok choy
    This is our favorite way to prepare bok choy! This technique is super easy and the leaves develop a light delicious char in the oven. Since we are usually cooking for 2-3 people and this dish is best fresh out of the oven, we have halved this recipe from the original. Use a second rimmed baking sheet if doubling this recipe. baby bok choyolive oilsaltblack pepper
  • cooks illustrated technique for boiled corn with melted butter and finely ground salt
    When we use organic corn for this recipe, it turns out so delicious that the butter and salt are completely optional. When we do season with salt, we make it a point to use finely ground salt since it sticks better to the corn. This technique for cooking corn totally works, and is most delicious when enjoyed immediately after cooking and cooling. We butter and salt any leftovers and stash them in the fridge. Then next day we pack them for our 2-year-old's lunches. The corn comes up to room temp by lunch time. cornunsalted buttersalt
  • Charles Phan's shaking beef
    This recipe is great for special weekend meals or for entertaining a small group. The original recipe uses filet mignon but it is easier and cheaper for us to get rib eye, and honestly, we like the fattier meat better. :) If we have time to be fancy, we pair this with Hands on Gourmet's garlic noodles, but if we're strapped for time, we just serve it with rice. rib eyeavocado oilsugarsaltblack pepperrice vinegarmirinlight soy saucedark soy saucesugarfish saucekosher saltblack pepperlimeavocado oilred oniongreen onionsgarlicunsalted butterwatercress