A blue and white tea cup filled with yellow pumpkin-cider soup

Pumpkin-Cider Soup

This pumpkin soup gets a boost from apples and a bite from a cupful of Irish cider. The soup, with its intense pumpkin flavor, makes for great fall fare.

Paper cone with crispy fried okra bites spilling out on top a wooden board

Crispy Fried Okra

A Southern staple at both cocktail parties and the dinner table. One taste of these crisp, hotly seasoned little lovelies and you’ll understand.

Three chocolate sesame balls in a colorful dish, with one broken open to show the melted chocolate inside.

Chocolate Sesame Balls

A sweet, gluten-free rice flour dough makes a snug casing for dark chocolate molded into a ball shape. The balls are coated in sesame seeds and then deep-fried.

Yellow bowl with a banana fritter and honey, more fritters in the back on brown paper

Banana Fritters

In this African treat, bananas play the starring role in a simple, crispy fritter that makes a great dessert or sweet snack. Like all fritters,