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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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Apple Crisp, simple and comforting (without oats)

It’s tough to beat apple crisp for a low effort dessert that’s pure comfort. It’s a dessert that’s like my favorite well-worn hoodie. It’s not flashy or particularly stylish, but when there’s a chill in the air it’s the first thing I reach for. Everyone should have an apple crisp recipe or two in their …

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Easy Chocolate Shortbread Tart Crust

This simple chocolate shortbread tart crust is a favorite. It’s a variation on my favorite no-fuss easy shortbread tart crust that transformed my tart baking from high stress to no sweat. There’s no fancy equipment, no rolling anything out, no chilling. Just stir, press into the pan, and bake. This one keeps all of the …

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