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Four Hoosier sugar cream pies, one dusted with confectioners' sugar on a sheet of parchment.

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Strange how such a sweetly stunning sensation can be just sugar, cream, flour, and vanilla. Couldn’t be easier—or more addictive.

  • (6)
  • 20 M
  • 5 H
  • 28
A classic flan de leche on a white plate, covered with caramel and a spoonful of custard missing from the flan.

Flan de Leche

A creamy, milky, not egregiously sweet, altogether lovely argument for sticking with a classic—in this case, a Spanish classic.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Two mugs, one empty and the other filled with Irish coffee on a white wooden table.

Irish Coffee

A better way to start your day. Uh, we mean, end your day. That’s what we meant. Yes. End it. Ahem.

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A glass bowl filled with Campari sorbet on a white marble countertop.

Campari Sorbet

Sweet and tart and sophisticated and stunning and almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 4
A blood orange pound cake on a wire rack with glaze and sugar syrup, three slices cut

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Buttery, rich pound cake is ribboned with a marmalade layer, steeped in blood orange syrup, and finished off with a tartly sweet orange glaze. Sigh.

  • (3)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 8
Three glasses of Champagne cocktail with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
A cut satsuma orange cake in a round baking sheet

Clementine Cake

Looks like upside-down cake. Tastes like upside-down cake. Yet this sticky citrusy dessert couldn’t be more right-side up.

  • (13)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 68
A perfectly roasted beef tenderloin with Madeira sauce on the side ion a copper pot

Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce

This eminently reliable, no-fuss recipe doesn’t ambush you with carving trickery. It’s just a simple, supple roast beef tenderloin napped with a slightly boozy but goof-proof sauce.

  • (4)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 9
An assortment of chocolate covered pretzels with white and dark chocolate coating and sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

An impressive (and blissfully last-minute!) hostess gift or cocktail party nosh with an incredibly satisfying salty sweet thing. And spectacularly simple to make. Decorate as much or as little as you like.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 0
A white oval platter holding a whole roast duck with clementines scattered around it.

Roast Duck with Clementines

This is essentially orange-glazed duck with the crispiest skin you’ve ever experienced. It’s incredibly easy to make. And even easier to make disappear.

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  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 2 D, 4 H
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