For this week’s recipe column from our home-cooking spirit guides at Food52, we asked them to introduce us to what they call their “Genius” recipes—essentially, “smarter, better versions of all your favorite things.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, these tend to come from big names in both the restaurant and cookbook world—folks who have had time to truly mastermind the process of making everything from chocolate mousse to lemon-caper salad dressing. The genius of the recipes lies in their simplicity, as well as their ability to elevate a familiar dish to new heights.

Click through the gallery above to get all of the recipes.

Written by @Food52