Drinking was a big part of life in Colonial America. It also required some experimentation and creativity on the part of colonists looking to create cocktails with new and unfamiliar ingredients. Reverend Michael Alan /Courtesy of Abrams Image hide caption

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Pastry chef Aggie Chin shares her recipes for a dinner party dessert, a citrus pavlova cake, and festive drink of pink champagne and a dollop of grapefruit sorbet. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Desserts To Help Ring In The New Year

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Pastry chef Aggie Chin is based in Washington, D.C. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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

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Pastries made by chef Aggie Chin. Victoria Milko/Courtesy of Aggie Chin hide caption

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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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