A person holding a plate with a slice of basic chocolate cake on it.

Basic Chocolate Cake

One of the best darned chocolate cakes we’ve ever experienced. Seriously. (Would we tease about a topic as life-altering as this?!)

A tray of brownies for a crowd with one brownie missing.

Brownies for a Crowd

“So satisfying.” “Cakey and chocolatey.” “Everything a brownie should be.” That’s what folks are saying about this crowd-pleaser of a chocolate fix.

A dark chocolate cream pie partially covered with whipped cream and a knife and a bowl of whipped cream on the side.

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Not so cloyingly sweet than the chocolate cream pie of our childhood, this dark chocolate beauty is a spectacularly satisfying remake of a classic.

A whole grilled beef tenderloin, partially sliced on a wooden cutting board with a knife, meat fork, and twine beside it.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

“The most tender, buttery steak we’ve ever had.” “Utterly and perfectly indulgent!” “Amazing.” Just some of the accolades folks are heaping on this elegant grilled tenderloin.

Stack of 10 chocolate chip cookies, each topped with sea salt on an aqua piece of wood

Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, these cookies may not contain literally a thousand layers, but they’re sufficiently flaky to make us stop counting. As one of our recipe testers exclaimed, “This is a very special cookie.”

A bowl filled with seven-layer dip with a spoon resting inside and a plate with tortilla chips, dip, and a lime wedge on the side.

Seven Layer Dip

Seriously the best seven layer dip we’ve ever had. Swear. And it comes together in minutes with using the oven. Summer supper, anyone?

Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tar Heel Pie ~ Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich chocolate brownie pie filling is impossibly fudgy, so much so it’s simply too gooey to consume out of hand

A cardboard food container filled with barbecue beans surrounded by ribs, pickles, and shredded meat.

Barbecue Beans

Made from scratch yet quick and easy, these beans just may alter the way you think about barbecue beans forever.

A glass of ruby sangria with a skewer of fruit suspended over the glass on a floral serving tray.

Ruby Sangria

The official Spanish summer sipper. And, for those who don’t care for sodden, wimpy, mushy fruit in their cocktail, we include a nifty little party trick.

A bowl filled with Southern potato salad with a wooden spoon ad a scoop of salad on the side.

Southern Potato Salad with Duke’s Mayo

Because there weren’t enough tempting potato salads in the world, The South came up with its own rendition. And yes, it calls for Duke’s. And a whole lotta other tempting things.

Four carrot hot dogs filled with assorted garnishes.

Carrot Hot Dog

The taste of this life-changing carrot hot dog is going to upend everything you thought you knew about being vegan. We exaggerate not.

A Cosmopolitan cocktail in a martini glass with a twist of orange peel floating in it.

Cosmopolitan

If ever a drink symbolized an era, the bright pink, citric Cosmopolitan SCREAMS the 1990s and then into the present.

Eight homemade Milano cookies in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Milano Cookies

Forget Pepperidge Farm. Where’s the satisfaction in just ripping the bag open? Where’s the longing that comes with anticipation? Right here with these homemade Milanos.

A spoonful of black coffee ice cream on the tip of a silver spoon.

Black Coffee Ice Cream

Know how every once in a while you taste something that’s so insanely satiating that a single spoonful pretty much satisfies? Nah, neither do we. Pass this ice cream, please.

A serving of roasted banana ice cream in a scalloped bowl with a spoon on the side.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream

Quite possibly the best banana recipe ever, this home-churned ice cream jumbles caramelized bananas and bittersweet chocolate with all the usual ingredients.

A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

Four smoked whole chickens on a metal sheet pan with a metal fork lying beside them.

Smoked Whole Chicken

Juicy, tender, and subtly spiced, this Texas-style smoked chicken is as good as barbecue gets with its intriguing four-ingredient spice rub that beautifully melds heat with sweet.

A person holding a platter of fried pork dumplings and bowl of dipping sauce.

Fried Pork Dumplings

Call them fried pork dumplings, Chinese dumplings, or even potstickers. Whatever you do, don’t call them difficult to make. So much easier to make than you’d ever imagine.

A paleo vanilla cake stacked between two chocolate cakes on a wire rack.

Paleo Vanilla Cake

Say “paleo cake” and most folks think of dense, crumbly, disappointing approximations of cake. Not this lovely incarnation with its lofty stature. Includes a chocolate variation.