Oktoberfest

A plum kuchen on a sheet of parchment with three slices cut from it and a collection of forks, a spoon, and two coffee cups nearby.

Plum Kuchen

Breakfast. Brunch. Dessert. Midnight nosh. Heck, there’s no time of day or night that we don’t welcome this classic plum kuchen.

A pile of ribbon fries on a white surface.

Homemade Ribbon Fries

These shatteringly crisp, undeniably sophisticated potato ruffles—chips, if you will—have no ridges. Nor do they need them. They’re intoxicatingly lovely just as they are.

Garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter and black pepper inside a copper pot, resting on a kitchen towel.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Silken, garlicky mashed potatoes manifest in mere minutes thanks to a super simple technique that’s perfect for when you’re entertaining or just plain hungry.

Gingerbread biscuits on a gold-rimmed plate, flanked by two gold Christmas ornaments.

Gingerbread Biscuits

Want to party like the Earl of Grantham? These old-school gingerbread biscuits are very nearly the closest thing served at Downton Abbey.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake cut into six pieces on a piece of parchment paper, with a serving knife nearby.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake

A terrifically tasty cake, one that’s reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodle cookies. What are you waiting for? Your new favorite awaits!

Apple spiced bourbon toddies on a tray in front of an outdoor fire, one being poured from a thermos in a gloved hand.

Apple Spiced Bourbon Toddies

Infinitely more complex than the toddy of yore, this little number owes its lure to apple-y cider spiked with a hint of star anise and quite an indecent glug of bourbon.

Spiced cider doughnuts and doughnut holes on a square metal tray with one in pieces beside a cup of coffee.

Spiced Cider Doughnuts

These doughnuts are certain to conjure memories, real or imagined, of crisp autumns, roadside farmstands, and grease-stained paper bags full of similar piping hot beauties.

Caramelized honey pumpkin pie in slices on dessert plates, each garnished with dollops of whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

Caramelized Honey Pumpkin Pie

A Thanksgiving pie for those looking for something different from last year. Brown butter and caramelized honey give pumpkin pie a whole new twist.

A blue bowl full of creamy potato salad with hardboiled eggs and a large spoon.

Classic Potato Salad

Pretty much exactly what you think of as quintessential potato salad—potatoes, eggs, relish, mayo, celery. Who needs bells and whistles when you have perfection?

A bowl of German-style potato salad with a fork resting in it.

German-Style Potato Salad

Served warm and without mayo, you might not recognize this as your standby potato salad but let us implore you—just try it. It’s divine.

A person scooping a spoonful of mac and cheese with beer from a casserole dish.

Mac and Cheese with Beer

Cheesy noodles, with a crunchy crust of spicy cracker crumbs, are a step up from the same old mac ‘n cheese you’ve been relying on.

A loaf of Everything Bagel Bread in a Challenger Bread Pan

No-Knead Everything Bagel Bread

Much less work than making bagels but just as delicious when slathered and schmeared with butter or cream cheese—or any soft cheese, really. And it’s perfect for toasting.

Four of Ina Garten's waffle iron hash browns in a waffle iron with the lid open.

Ina Garten’s Waffle Iron Hash Browns

Drag out your waffle iron and reacquaint yourself with it—then devour some of the most delectable hash browns you’ve ever had. Get ready for a diner-worthy dinner at home.

A white bowl of mustard potato salad with celery with a silver spoon resting inside.

Mustard Potato Salad with Celery

Not all potato salad has to be drowning in mayo. Sometimes, all you need is a tangy mustard and garlic dressing with more flavor than fat. And a few cornichons never hurt, either.

Three homemade soft pretzels on a linen cloth.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Fresh baked pretzels are irresistible. This recipe shows you how to make plain pretzels, cheese pretzels, caraway pretzels, bacon pretzels, mini-pretzels.

A glass casserole dish filled with golden brown easy scalloped potatoes

Easy Scalloped Potatoes

Creamy, cheesy, and just like Grandma used to make. That’s what we’re talking about when it comes to these easy scalloped potatoes.

Three pretzel rolls on a sheet of parchment sprinkled with coarse salt.

Pretzel Rolls

You’re gonna be astounded at just how easy pretzel rolls are to make at home. And yes, they taste like the real authentic German deal.

Soft pretzels of assorted shapes and sizes on a wooden surface.

Soft Pretzels

Authentic German-style soft pretzels with dark and burnished crusts, yeasty and chewy centers, and, natch the irresistible crunch of coarse salt.