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Ecuadorian Sweet Plantain Pudding Recipe (Chucula)

Among Amazonian communities in northeastern Ecuador, chucula is a staple food. At its most basic it is simply ripe bananas mixed with water, a few spices, and a sweetener such as panela or honey. It’s simple to prepare, just boiled in a pot, and can then be eaten either warm or cold. This recipe, which …

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Bull Ring Cocktail | Saveur

Spirits professional Shannon Mustipher’s riff on the classic Matador cocktail swaps out a quarter of the traditional tequila with a splash of mezcal, then sweetens the mix with zippy tepache, a Mexican-style fermented pineapple drink. Make your own, or look for a good-quality canned or bottled version (Bittermans is widely available). Featured in “Split-Base Cocktails …

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The Cavendish Cocktail | Saveur

The French Connection cocktail—a simple mix of cognac and amaretto—is viewed through a Tiki lens in this split-base riff from Nick Ruiz of Patent Pending, a tiny powerhouse of a cocktail den hidden away behind a coffee shop in New York City’s Flatiron District. In tropical cocktails like the classic Mai Tai almond-based orgeat is …

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Moroccan-Style Honey-Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe

Lamb shanks are braised for hours with a sweet sauce of honey, almonds, and raisins in this centuries-old Moroccan dish served at Mansouria in Paris. For a more aesthetic presentation, french-cut the shanks. (Frenching is the culinary term for removing meat, fat, and sinew to reveal the clean bone.) The North African spice blend ras …

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Zabaglione Pavlova with Pineapple and Black Pepper Recipe

Writer and spirits professional Tammie Teclemariam likes to drizzle a classic Marsala zabaglione over this cloudlike pineapple pavlova. Not only does the pillow of meringue make for an impressive base for the tropical fruit salad—it also uses up all the whites leftover from whipping up the fragrant and frothy Italian custard. While the meringue may …

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Zabaglione Recipe | Saveur

In Italian, sbaglione means “big mistake.” This happy accident may have been “mistakenly” invented in Florence—though it is usually made with marsala, the famous Sicilian fortified wine. The recipe eventually migrated to France, where it is known as “sabayon,” and is typically made using the local white wines. Feel free to swap out the Marsala …

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Coffee Cake Recipe with Orange Butter

This orange-infused coffee cake is an adaptation of author Jared Downing’s grandmother’s beloved recipe, which she made for family and friends every Christmas morning in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for 60 years. Coffee cake is a staple of Christmas in the American South, something to munch on while opening gifts around the tree. Paired with a mug …

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Double-Rye Ginger Cookies Recipe | Saveur

These gorgeous holiday cookies from baker and master preserver Camilla Wynne temper spicy candied ginger with earthy rye flour and deep, dark molasses. A rye whisky glaze accentuates the crackled tops, and a dainty piece of ginger adorns each one. If you’re feeling fancy, get creative by cutting the ginger into festive shapes. Avoiding alcohol? …

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Meatball Couscous with Raisins and Zibibbo Recipe

Zibibbo is the Sicilian name for the grape variety Muscat of Alexandria, also known as moscato. It is said the grape was brought to the island from North Africa by Arabs who primarily cultivated grapes for raisins which they used in their cooking.  In the 13th century, Norman conquerors expelled any Sicilian Muslims who would …

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