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For the Bean Madness competition, decisions on this classic dish can turn on preferences set long ago by family tradition, house style and even generational differences. sandoclr/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Vladimir Mukhin prepares food at his Chef's Table restaurant in Moscow. Mukhin owns more than 20 restaurants, mostly in Russia, including White Rabbit. Jolie Myers/NPR hide caption

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The Russian Chef Who Is Bringing Back His Homeland's Colorful, Classic Cuisine

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Chef Gilbert Brenot teaches trainees at Edwins about meat preparation. The fine-dining restaurant in Cleveland provides education, housing and steady employment for former inmates and is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary. TFL Films LLC hide caption

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Sales of McDonald's new soy-based patty have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it? McDonald's Sweden hide caption

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On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival, Aaron Burr. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation. Joan Marcus/Hamilton Uptown LLC hide caption

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Ordinary ingredients like fortune cookies, mushrooms, and noodles can become the exotic dishes from Star Trek: Discovery. Just add blue Romulan ale. Kristen Hartke/for NPR hide caption

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Sugar is considered critical for achieving a smooth and silky consistency in gelato. But new technology is aiming to achieve the same results with less (or no) sugar. Irina Marwan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some of the "milks" on offer by Elmhurst Milked, which operated as a traditional dairy in New York for nearly 100 years. These days, Elmhurst has replaced cows with nuts, oats and rice. Courtesy of Elmhurst Milked hide caption

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Radio Silence, a cocktail developed by Damon Boelte of the Grand Army Bar in Brooklyn to honor Robert Siegel. Jenna Sterner/NPR hide caption

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The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

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The smaller the bubble in that glass of champagne, the higher the pitch — and the price. Viktoria Rodriguez/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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The sound of bubbles in a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne.

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Step by step visual instructions for rolling the pavlova with peaches and blackberries. We use plums instead of peaches for our holiday version. Peden + Munk hide caption

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

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The precision blobs and artful smears look exquisite on Pinterest and Instagram, but they certainly don't allow you to satisfyingly dunk your crust of bread in them. Michael Reinhard/Getty Images hide caption

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Anxo cider-maker Greg Johnson pulverizes apples into a juice that will later be fermented into hard cider. Adhiti Bandlamudi/NPR hide caption

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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

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Jonathan Bethony bakes his whole grain breads in a wood-fired oven, heated to about 500 degrees, to help the weighty loaves rise. Whitney Pipkin for NPR hide caption

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Chicken blinchiki from Kachka. Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books hide caption

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

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It's great when generations get together to pass down family traditions, especially if the little ones might need a little extra time to get on board. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

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Potato Research Institute geneticist Jaroslava Domkářová says that while potatoes are a staple crop in the Czech Republic, the recent blue "specialty varieties" are harder to market. Morgan Childs for NPR hide caption

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