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Rhubarb Recipes, rosy-hued stalks of goodness

Rhubarb is remarkably versatile. We tend to treat it like a fruit, but botanically, it’s a vegetable. The leaves have a reputation for being toxic because of their oxalic acid, which can interfere with the essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium. But spinach has more oxalic acid than rhubarb leaves do, and it’s still …

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Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

There’s a special place in my heart for loaf cakes. They’re unfussy and unassuming. They don’t demand layers and decoration and all of the foofaraw that can go along with a serious baking project. They don’t demand a special occasion. They’re suitable for dessert, portable for picnics, and a great excuse for sweet snacking. If …

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Naan, bubbled and chewy Indian flatbread

Whenever we order Indian food, regardless of whatever else we get, we pretty much always include naan. That wonderful pliant and chewy white flatbread that’s such a wonderful vehicle for soaking up sauces. It’s traditionally baked in a clay oven, which makes the translation to the typical American home kitchen a bit tricky. Most of …

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Bombay Rolls, a genius savory appetizer

Stop what you’re doing right now. Make a list to pick up puff pastry, cilantro, mint, some finger chiles or serrano peppers, sharp cheddar cheese, a lemon, and some red onion the next time you go to the grocery store. Because you want to make these Bombay rolls. (Unless you’re a cilantro hater, in which …

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Mexican Wedding Cookies (Russian Tea Cakes, etc.)

These cookies go by about half a dozen names, the most common among them being Mexican wedding cookies and Russian tea cakes. But they’re also sometimes called polvorones, butterballs, snowballs, and meltaways. So many cultures have some version of them, which makes sense because it’s a formula that works. The basic formula is some kind …

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