Candied Kumquats

Candied Kumquats

These delectable kumquats are simmered in sweetness until tender and just like candy. And we can’t get enough of ’em.

A lemon pound cake resting on a round wire rack, drizzled with a white icing glaze

Lemon Pound Cake

When life hands you lemons, make this lemon pound cake. Guaranteed to give you a far more favorable outlook on everything.

A person carrying a tray with a plate of beignets, two milkshakes, and a glass of water.

Beignets

Airy and yet dough at the same time, these iconic, anytime-of-day New Orleans pastries come buried beneath mounds of sweet, sweet confectioners’ sugar. All we have to say is, don’t wear black.

A cooked crisp potato cake on a white plate with a spoon resting in the potato cake.

Crisp Potato Cakes

A kissing cousin to the latke, this whopping plate-size potato cake ensures you’re not standing at the stove all night long turning out one wee pancake after another.

A plate of shredded Coca-Cola brisket with a fork resting in the meat.

Coca Cola Brisket

This heartachingly tender brisket draws on just four ingredients, including a can of Coca Cola. Tasting is, truly, understanding.

Lotus Root Chips

Lotus Root Chips

These lotus root chips are vaguely nutty, slightly sweet, and impossible to stop nibbling. An excellent and unexpected party trick for all occasions.

Four cream cheese rugelach in a glass jar with twine wrapped around it.

Cream Cheese Rugelach

“Transcendent” is how the author describes these rugelach. We’d like to add “flaky,” “tender,” and “perfect” to the list of apt adjectives.

Kasha Varnishkes on a fork.

Kasha Varnishkes

Rumor has it that this kasha varnishkes recipe made the late Joan Rivers plotz. After tasting it, we can understand why this would be true.

Sautéed Chicken Liver on Toast

Tuscan through and through, this classic first course snazzes up chicken livers with capers, butter, onion, anchovies, and a splash of that other Tuscan tradition.

Vegetable tempura of zucchini, beets, carrots, squash on a paper towel on a plate

Seasonal Vegetable Tempura

We could stare at this staggeringly stunning tempura all day—and eat it all night. Talk about a nifty tactic to get us to eat our veggies.

Apple Fritters

Autumn Apple Fritters

Beer, not cider, is the stealth ingredient in these rings of apple-y goodness. The malty hoppiness deepens the fritter’s flavor, the carbonation ensures an ethereally airy texture. Nifty, eh?