Béchamel Sauce

An all-purpose white sauce that melds rich, creamy, and nutmeg-y, béchamel is nothing but milk, butter, flour, salt, pepper, and a pinch of spice. Simple, yes?

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4

Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce

Simply stunning. Stunningly simple. Either way you look at it, these fancy pants pears are pretty much perfect after being poached in a cinnamon-infused syrup and napped with a coffee-infused caramel sauce.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 1

Autumn Coleslaw

A teetering tower of autumnal goodness that isn’t only stunning to behold but ridiculously healthful thanks to cabbage and apples and pomegranates, oh my.

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  • 20 M
  • 25 M
  • 0

Halloween Hot Chocolate

There’s gonna be some meeeeelting the morning after Halloween, though it ain’t what you’re expecting.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8

Caramel Apples

Forget bobbing for apples. Try this equally apple-y endeavor instead that requires far less effort yet yields way more caramel-cloaked gratification.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2

Grilled Porcini Mushrooms with Mint and Garlic

Boletus edulis—that’s the fancy-pants name for porcini—is hardly a come-hither sort of name, but with a taste like this, who cares?

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 0

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

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  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 23

Pepper Sherry

What could be easier than plopping some hot peppers in a bottle of booze, setting it aside for as long as you can resist, and then dribbling it over everything? Exactly.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8

Carrot and Lentil Soup

“Beautiful.” “Filled with flavors.” “A tad spicy.” “Simple.” “Perfect!” That’s just a taste of what our testers are saying about this soup. Sort of makes you want some, doesn’t it?

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  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 5

Concord Grape Jam

Words escape us as to just how incomparable this made-from-scratch grape jam is compared to store-bought. But that smile certainly says it all.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 7

Meme’s Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Shirttail cousins to corn bread, these savory cakes wooed and wowed us with their crisped edges, ethereally airy interior, and pantry-friendly frugality.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 23

Butter Pecan Affogato

Straight from Venice by way of Charleston, this Southern belle cheats a little, usurping the role of vanilla gelato with butter pecan ice cream.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Virtuous for its simplicity as well as its versatility, the roasted sweet potato is a thing to behold–and to bejewel, whether with sugar or spice or…

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  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 11

Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili

A soupy, stewy, smoky chili with stealth veggie goodness galore, including the likes of zucchini, bell peppers, and more. Healthful never tasted so darn good.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 30
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