The food team each year offers a roundup of the Best of the Best local recipes shared by great cooks.

And, once again, we figured you could use a little extra so our Best of the Best includes lagniappe selections. There were simply too many great recipes in the 2014 food pages to limit the choices to a dozen.

We began the Best of the Best by honoring 12 of the best local recipes that readers raved about during the year, that Advocate columnists made for themselves at home, and that we thought reflected the best of what south Louisiana residents were cooking during the year.

Then, we made a decision to limit the Best of the Best selections to dishes featured January through November since the December recipes are fresh on everyone’s mind. We hope you like our choices.

Among the recipes we are celebrating are those that take advantage of Louisiana’s bountiful natural resources and homegrown produce. Others are adaptations of tried-and-true family recipes and others are perfect for serving at parties.

We appreciate the wonderful cooks who make The Advocate’s Best of the Best possible. Thank you all. We hope our readers enjoy trying all of these recipes in the new year.