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Opening the vault: The top 12 recipes of 1987 and 1988

December 22, 2009 |  6:01 am

Counting down the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes that were honored as the best of the best over the last 25 years has been a fascinating study in recipe titles.

Consider the best recipes from 1987 and 1988. The titles range from the plainly descriptive -- Fluffy Orange Rolls, Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies -- to the more high falutin': Margaret Clark's Guenoc Winery Chocolate Chestnut Gateau.

What we were also cooking in 1987: Our own pasta. Here's the recipe for Lasagna Alla Pina.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Fresh pasta dries over the back of a chair. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times