I am a complete and total sucker for these sorts of best-of-the-year lists. With recipes I always think that my odds of hitting a truly good recipe are better if it's one that a group of food editors decide is a standout among a year's worth of recipes.
This year's Los Angeles Times' list has quite a few things I'm interested in trying including shrimp tacos with pumpkin seed sauce, lemon upside-down cake, brown sugar pound cake with caramel glaze, and Nancy Silverton's butterscotch budino with caramel sauce. Among the Toronto Star's picks is a Jamie Oliver recipe for broccoli with Indian-spiced yogurt. The Dallas News has an interesting collection of reader's biscuit recipes including hints on biscuit making. I haven't even begun to go through the Food and Wine lists but I did read that out of the 650 recipes published this year, these 90 were the editor's favorites.
Some of these newspapers require a free registration. And some of these recipes (notably those in the LA Times) quickly disappear into archives where they are available only at a cost so if you see something you think is interesting, print it out.