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NPR Taste Test: Upside Down Cake To Turn Your Holiday Party All The Way Up

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NPR Taste Test: Pastries To Sweeten Your Holiday Party

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Dorie Greenspan's coffee cardamom cookies have freshly ground espresso in the dough. Davide Luciano /Courtesy of Dorie Greenspan hide caption

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Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grown-Ups

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Japanese Chemist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda is credited with discovering MSG — one of the eight ingredients Lohman explores in her book. Peter Van Hyning hide caption

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How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

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Chef Isabella created a healthier and more savory alternative to sweet potato casserole. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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At Thanksgiving, If You Take Sides, Make Sure They're As Tasty As These

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Salvador Dalí's dinner parties were legendary for their opulence and bizarre fare. In 1973, Dalí immortalized these freakish feasts in the book Les Diners de Gala. Taschen hide caption

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During the hot and humid summers in the Philippines, salvation is found in the manna called halo-halo (HAH-loh HAH-loh), an iconic refresher. Chris Danielle Tabangay/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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After he was sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, discovered how hard it was to eat healthy behind bars. His new cookbook tells the story. Teddy Wolff/Infamous Books hide caption

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Matzo ball soup is a classic recipe straight from Eastern Europe. But not all Jews from the region came to the New World via Ellis Island, as reflected in this jalapeño-inflected family recipe from chef Pati Jinich. Copyright Ellen Silverman hide caption

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For Rosh Hashana, A Matzo Ball Soup By Way Of Mexico

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America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers advice for going "beyond the cranberry mold" this Thanksgiving. Taji Marie for NPR hide caption

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Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

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Chef James Rigato created his Cajun chicken pizza when he was just a teenager. Jacob Lewkow hide caption

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This Cajun Chicken Pizza Will Remind You Of Your Salad Days

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"It's sunshine on a plate," says pastry chef and cookbook author Gesine Bullock-Prado, of her Mango Key Lime Pie. Tina Rupp/Stewart, Tabori and Chang hide caption

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A Pie For A Pie ... Day, That Is

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson first fell in love with a version of this burger at a tiny fish shack in Barbados. Paul Brissman /Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Don't Be Fooled By The Fishy Ingredients: This Burger Is Delicious

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Jennifer Steinhauer's version of the Sno Ball moves the marshmallow inside and skips the pink food coloring. James Ransom/Courtesy of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House LLC hide caption

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Hostess Isn't The Mostest: Make Your Own Sno Balls At Home

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Grilled lemon pound cake topped with slow-roasted nectarines, basil gelato and olive oil drizzle. Yum. Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin/Courtesy of W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. hide caption

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

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Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share. Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes hide caption

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

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Chef Jay Bentley makes his pork schnitzel with panko instead of the more traditional bread crumbs. He gets his pork from growers who raise heritage-style pigs that are allowed to forage outside. Courtesy of Jay Bentley hide caption

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Pork Schnitzel: One Chef's Secret To Marital Bliss

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Roasted pineapple Alan Richardson /Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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A Boozy Parisian Pineapple That Tastes Like The Holidays

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Baked Squash Kibbeh: Middle-Eastern kibbeh is a finely ground combination of beef or lamb, bulgur and onions either formed into balls and deep-fried or pressed into a pan and baked. For a vegetarian version of this flavorful dish, why not pair butternut squash with the warm spices? Steve Klise/Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen hide caption

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Gluten-Free? Vegan? Thanksgiving Recipes For Alternative Diets

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Amateur cook and writer Maureen Evans has perfected the art of tweeting a recipe in 140 characters or less. fot. Wojciech Zalewski/iStockphoto hide caption

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Tweet In The Holiday With Recipes On Twitter

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