Quarantine Curry With Chicken, Spinach And Sweet Potatoes

Curry is comfort food. And, if you’ll excuse the tongue-in-cheek name, we could use a little comfort right now.

This recipe is one we just can’t get tired of. Back when we were still going into the office, it would make a perfect lunch for the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that too. When you’re stuck inside, it’s an easy way to liven up your afternoon—and to get some vegetables in your diet.

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Mussels In Red Coconut Curry

Home cooks seem to be under the impression that mussels are too unapproachable, too fancy, or too difficult to cook at home. Maybe it’s their association with French or Belgian food, or their price point in restaurants. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Mussels are among the easiest, and fastest, foods in the world to cook. They’re sustainable and affordable, too. At multiple groceries in Columbus, Ohio (that’s the Midwest!) we can get 2 pounds of mussels for south of $12, pretty much year round. Not too shabby.

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Lemon Poppyseed Cheesecake

There’s not a lot of chances you get to enter a cheesecake contest. But when my office suddenly decided to wage a battle of the best baker, I knew I would have to break out something new and exciting.

The simplicity of the lemon poppyseed cheesecake is the whole point. Lemon poppyseed muffins are the best muffins. Lemon poppyseed bread is the best bread. Lemon shortbread cookies are, well, they’re great cookies. On both flavor and style, this is hard to beat.

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Waffles For Every Occasion

You don’t need an expensive waffle maker to make great waffles. And we can prove it.

Sure, we wish we could summon Waffle House waffles to our homes, from those impressive devices that flip the batter and time it out perfectly. But who’s got the money or counter space? And more importantly, why should waffles be a special occasion treat?

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Pretzel Bread With Everything Seasoning

Bread can be an intimidating challenge, so we decided to start easy. Pretzel bread, which we crave constantly, only takes a couple hours and simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Fresh out of the oven, pretzel bread is a perfect snack to tear apart and eat with butter or honey mustard dipping sauce. But unlike a regular pretzel, you can also slice it into the best sandwich—or grilled cheese. Our eventual goal is to turn it into a bread bowl, but we’re still working on that.

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Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup With Crispy Pork Belly

Here’s the secret of soup: It’s actually about texture. You can cook the broth from scratch, make the most tender meat, but if it’s all one texture, it’s instantly forgettable. That’s the brilliance of so many of our favorite Asian soups—from tom yum to phở to ramen, you’re served a mixture of crunchy and fatty and tender and firm, every bite different from the next.

We created this sweet potato-ginger soup with texture in mind. Often, soups made from sweet potato (or its orange friend, butternut squash) taste mushy and bland. Ginger and our favorite chili sauce, Sambal Oelek, add a tangy balance. But the crispy pork belly? It brings the party.

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