At Mardi Gras, cup dispensers wear a little extra flair. Pictured in the top left corner is your future milk punch container — temporarily airborne. Chris Graythen/Getty Images hide caption

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Julia della Croce often couples purple and gold gnocchi (made with two varieties of sweet potato) for a striking sight — and a delicious meal. Celina della Croce and Nathan Hoyt/Courtesy of Julia della Croce hide caption

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One of the lovely things about the mousse, according to Dorie Greenspan, is its versatility: It goes as well with maple syrup as with peanut brittle — or nothing at all. Mary Dodd/Courtesy of Dorie Greenspan hide caption

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Just like the Super Bowl, the Beefy Butternut Squash Chili takes a couple of fall favorites and pairs them in a winter classic. John Lee/Courtesy of Rebel One hide caption

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This paprikash recipe may be well-traveled — from Hungary to Australia — but its belly-warming comforts haven't changed a bit. Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption

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Don't be fooled by the name: Neither Sandy nor Crystal is quite sure where the King Ranch Casserole has its origins. Courtesy of Clarkson Potter hide caption

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Stephanie O'Dea came up with a healthy slow-cooker recipe to mimic Colonel Sanders secret-recipe. Amy Ta/NPR hide caption

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The Brass Sisters, Marilynn and Sheila, say the recipe for this shortbread is a treasure from their childhood they nearly lost forever. Courtesy of Andy Ryan Photography hide caption

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The secret to the sweet potato pies Matthew Raiford's Nana makes is their size. "When you eat sweet potato pie, you're supposed to have just enough," Raiford recalls his Nana saying. Christopher Connelly/NPR hide caption

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If someone asked for onions and green peppers fried into his hash browns, the crunchy grated spuds became "glorified." Amy Thielen shared a recipe for All Things Considered's Found Recipe series. Amy Thielen for NPR hide caption

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