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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Tom Yum (Thai Coconut Curry Soup) Will Cure What Ails You

This here is a soup household—specifically, an Asian soup household. Phở, ramen, egg drop, you name it. But it wasn’t until a cooking contest called that we attempted our spicy favorite: Tom yum, a Thai red coconut curry soup.

An office soup cook-off provided just the challenge we needed, and an opportunity to knock the socks off some spice-averse coworkers. After some research, we ended up with something pretty close to what we remember tasting and smelling at our favorite Thai restaurants. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that we won the contest.

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The Ideal Sweet Potato Casserole

The leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting shorter, and because we live in the Midwest, it’s still 85 degrees for some reason. It must be decorative gourd season autumn!

Thanksgiving is a month and a half away, but this arbitrary demarcation of seasons means it’s already the perfect time for sweet potato casserole. Now, I eat sweet potato casserole year-round—Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover, really all the major holidays. But because this has nutmeg, it’s a fall classic.

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Potato, Asparagus And Gruyere Galette

Over the summer, we got really into galettes. And I mean really into galettes. Thanks to a boom of Bon Appetit recipes, we discovered these almost-pies could take on any flavor we wanted. So we tried a bunch.

There are sweet galettes with fresh berries and savory galettes that are basically potato pizzas, which like, why wouldn’t you want that? With this recipe, you can do all of the above.

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BBQ Ribs That Taste Like Phở

Yeah, you heard me. These ribs taste like drinking a hot, healing bowl of phở. Except it’s summer, and you’re sitting in a lawn chair with a cold beer, and also there’s no soup.

Now, I require a bowl of phở at least once per month—and that’s a conservative estimate. Something about the combination of lemongrass, fish sauce and sambal oelek (a better, more garlic-y chili sauce than Sriracha, IMO) feels immediately comforting. Phở will cure your ailments. In fact, it’ll make sure you don’t get sick in the first place.

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