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Devil's Food Cupcakes with Espresso Meringue
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Fried Green Tomato BLTs

Fried Green Tomato BLTs
Photo © Quentin Bacon

This is a brilliant marriage of two classics: cornmeal-dusted green tomatoes and a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

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Classic Southern Fried Chicken

Classic Southern Fried Chicken

Crisco is used to fry this chicken to perfection.

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Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad
© Fredrika Stjärne

Baby potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture that’s delicious in this classic recipe.

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Deluxe Lobster and Potato Chip Rolls

Deluxe Lobster and Potato Chip Rolls. Photo © John Kernick
© John Kernick

“Putting potato chips inside sandwiches has always been a favorite trick of ours,” says chef Jon Shook. He and co-chef Vinny Dotolo serve chips on Tabasco-spiked lobster salad tucked into buttery toasted buns.

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Baked Beans with Maple-Glazed Bacon

Baked Beans with Maple-Glazed Bacon

For a zippy version of a New England classic, Laurence Jossel bakes buttery Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye beans in a tangy-hot mixture of apple cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar and crushed red pepper. Regular Italian cannellini or Great Northern beans can replace the Yellow Eyes.

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Lemony Waldorf Salad

Lemony Waldorf Salad
© Quentin Bacon

For this refreshingly crunchy salad, Mark Peel adds mineral-rich romaine lettuce, frisée and sliced radishes to the classic Waldorf salad mix of apples, celery and walnuts. In place of the traditional mayonnaise-based dressing, he makes a lemon—walnut oil vinaigrette flavored with cumin.

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Puff Pastry Apple Pie

Puff Pastry Apple Pie

Since puff pastry can be tricky to prepare, this version uses a high-quality, store-bought puff pastry.

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Creamy Clam and White Bean Chowder

Creamy Clam and White Bean Chowder

White beans substitute for the usual potatoes in this chowder, made with sweet butternut squash, briny littleneck clams and smoky bacon. Rancho Gordo cellini beans give the soup a buttery richness, but Great Northern beans are terrific as well.

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Catfish Po'Boys with Pickle Remoulade

Catfish Po'Boys with Pickle Remoulade

Jay Foster does brisk business in these fried-fish sandwiches at Outside Lands music festival.

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Robb Walsh's Texas Barbecue Brisket

Robb Walsh’s Texas Barbecue Brisket. Photo © Hector Sanchez
© Hector Sanchez

The cooking times for this recipe are approximate: Temperature readings are the most reliable way to judge doneness.

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Big Bob Gibson's Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Big Bob Gibson's Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q chef Chris Lilly butterflies a whole chicken, smokes it, then dunks the bird into a vat of tangy white barbecue sauce. Home cooks can grill pieces of chicken until crispy and nicely charred, then serve them alongside Lilly’s terrific white sauce.

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Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings

Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings

Baking these easy dumplings right on top of the simmering stew makes them extra fluffy.

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Cheddar-and-Onion Smashed Burgers

Cheddar-and-Onion Smashed Burgers
© Marcus Nilsson

Adam Fleischman creates beef patties by flattening balls of ground meat on the griddle. Tip: Burger purists handle ground meat as little as possible; over-working the beef can create a tight, meatloaf texture.

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Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken

Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken

To make this juicy and delectably crisp chicken, chef Thomas Keller soaks it in a lemony brine, then coats and fries it.

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Overnight Slaw

Overnight Slaw

Linton Hopkins calls this vinegary slaw a maceration salad, because it sits overnight to develop its superbly tangy flavor.

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The New American Grilled Cheese

The New American Grilled Cheese
© QUENTIN BACON

The best grilled cheese is the gooiest grilled cheese, says author Laura Werlin: “After you bite into it, the cheese should stretch out past your face as far as your arm will reach. Otherwise, it's just not right.“

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Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy

Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy

“This is a culmination of all the meat loaves I’ve ever eaten,“ says Andrew Curren. “My mom always made a good meat loaf—it never had the tomato goo on top of it. Then I tasted a meat loaf that had cheese in it; that was a good idea. In Italy, I was introduced to soffritto and realized the importance of cooking with carrots, onion, celery.” Curren serves the meat loaf with creamy gravy.

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Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots

Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots
© Frances Janisch

For ultrafluffy potatoes, Grace Parisi presses them through a ricer. To achieve a similar texture, pass the potatoes through a food mill or a fine-mesh sieve. If you choose to mash them by hand, be gentle; otherwise, the potatoes will turn gluey.

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Julie's Texas-Style Chili with Beer

Julie's Texas-Style Chili with Beer

A blend of three chiles flavors this bold short-rib chili.

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Smoky Tomato Soup with Maple-Candied Bacon

Smoky Tomato Soup with Maple-Candied Bacon
© Anna Williams

This soup is delicious chilled or hot. Naomi Pomeroy serves the soup with a side of maple-candied bacon, which she prepares by sprinkling bacon slices with maple sugar and baking them until crisp.

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Leek Mac and Cheese

Leek Mac and Cheese

Cooks usually reserve dark, tough leek greens for stock. Here, Grace Parisi sautés them until they’re soft and supple, then folds them into a luscious macaroni and cheese made with nutty Manchego.

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Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards

Apple Pie Sundaes with Cheddar Crust Shards. Photo © Con Poulos
© Con Poulos

Using a slightly tart apple, like a Granny Smith or Pink Lady, is key to this frozen-yogurt sundae; sautéing brings out the fruit’s sweetness. The crispy, salty cheddar crisps that accompany the sundaes are as good with cocktails as they are with desserts.

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Lemon Ice Box Pie
© Taunton Press

This silken frozen pie is adapted from one of David Guas’s favorite New Orleans neighborhood restaurants. (Recipe adapted from DamGoodSweet.)

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Devil's Food Cupcakes with Espresso Meringue

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Espresso Meringue

Prepare bite-sized versions of this recipe for a petit four plate, or bake full-size cupcakes in a standard muffin pan. Sprinkle the frosted cupcakes with a bit of cocoa powder mixed with instant espresso.

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