There are a million ways to treat yourself: spa appointments and flowers, Netflix marathons and popcorn, loud music and solo dance parties, color coding closets and reorganizing flatware. But at Food52, we indulge by cooking — for our family, for our friends, and for ourselves. So take out your prettiest dishes; dim the lights and strike a match; put on a little mood music. Go ahead, impress yourself. Then cook exactly what you feel like cooking. As RuPaul would say, "if you can't love yourself — how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?"

Margarita by Erika Kotite

Pantry pissaladière by Nicholas

Grilled aged cheddar cheese sandwich with pistachio sage pesto by Emily Weinberger

Lacinato kale and mint salad with spicy peanut dressing by dymnyno

Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw

Olive oil pancakes with dark chocolate and sea salt by arielleclementine

Bacon & egg ramen by Aliwaks

Vegan lentil Sloppy Joes by Gena Hamshaw

A simple, homey, coconut-y red lentil dal by Nicholas

Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies by drbabs

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