Salmorejo, gazpacho’s richer, deeper cousin, is a cool, creamy soup typically topped with chopped hard-boiled eggs and salty prosciutto or Iberian ham; omit the pork to make it vegetarian. Todd Coleman
Leave it to the potato-loving Irish to dream up colcannon, spuds mashed with finely chopped cabbage and enriched with lots of cream. Get the recipe for Colcannon » Penny De Los Santos
Thai Minced Pork Salad (Laab)
In northeast Thailand and Laos, laab is made of minced meat lightly poached in broth, then dressed with chiles, fresh herbs, and roasted rice powder. Penny De Los Santos
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Simply putting tomatoes, a peeled halved onion, butter, and salt in a pot and cooking them with barely an occasional stir until they are reduced produces a deliciously concentrated sauce. Todd Coleman
Chicken Liver Pâté
Butter and brandy makes this classic pâté rich and creamy. Penny de los Santos
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Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
Scallion pancakes are as widely popular in China as muffins are in America. The basic recipe for a simple scallion pancake—served with soy milk or rice porridge for breakfast—is just a guide. Some like it firmer, some fluffier. Todd Coleman
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Dry-Fried Green Beans (Gan Bian Si Ji)
Shallow-frying green beans blisters them on the outside and renders them tender on the inside, with a whisper of a chew. Todd Coleman
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South Indian Onion Stew (Sambar)
In South India, rice and sambar is a daily meal. A stew made from chana dal (yellow split peas), sambar is a spicy medium for vegetables from miniature eggplants to okra to pearl onions. South Indian sambar is bolstered by sambar powder—coriander seeds, red chile, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves, among other spices, that are coarsely ground together—as well as spices typically found in garam masala. Penny De Los Santos
Espàrrecs Amb Vinagreta (Catalan Asparagus Vinaigrette)
A deceptively simple vinaigrette of olive oil, white wine vinegar, chopped parsley, and crushed tomato transforms simple steamed asparagus into a sumptuous and well-turned-out dish—exactly what a great dressing should do. Penny De Los Santos
Classic tomato soup gets brightness and body from crushed tomatoes; smoky depth from bacon; and a luxurious finish from a little crème fraîche. **See the recipe for Cream of Tomato Soup »** Todd Coleman
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Bow-Tie Pasta with Buckwheat Groats (Kasha Varnishkes)
The recipe for this classic Russian Jewish dish of sauteed onions tossed with pasta and buckwheat groats comes from Philip Lopate Todd Coleman
Gruyere pastry puffs are an elegant and easy start to any meal. See the Recipe for Gougeres » Todd Coleman
Stewed Fava Beans (Ful Medames)
Best known as Egypt’s national dish, ful medames is a hearty stew of warmed fava beans stirred with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, usually eaten for breakfast. Todd Coleman
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Caesar Salad
This classic salad is easy to make from scratch at home. Todd Coleman
Eaten hot or cold, vegetarian or with shreds of beef, enriched with a dollop of sour cream and wisps of dill, this beet-based soup is the quintessence of good Eastern European cooking. Todd Coleman
Red-Cooked Eggplant (Hongshao Qiezi)
With ingredients like dill, chiles de árbol, and anchovies, this dish is far from authentic Shanghainese, but it’s totally delicious. Penny De Los Santos
Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic
Our version of this classic uses peeled garlic; after removing the chicken from the pan, keep cooking the garlic until the cloves have all but melted. Then, a quick spin with a whisk makes a smooth sauce well worth the effort of all that peeling. Get the recipe for Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic » Penny De Los Santos
The crisp-fried veal topped with luscious egg, salty anchovies, and capers is a brilliant study in contrasting flavors and textures. Photography by Todd Coleman
Steamed Blue Crabs
Well-seasoned crabs steamed with beer and vinegar are an East Coast summer classic. Landon Nordeman
Chicken, Olive, and Lemon Tagine (Djaj Mqualli)
Tagine, the Moroccan stew, shares its name with the terra-cotta pot it’s traditionally cooked in, whose neat conical lid promotes convection and even cooking. There are many versions; maybe the most classic is braised chicken, green olives, and lemons in a sauce fragrant with ginger and coriander. Todd Coleman
Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Cá)
Southern Vietnamese cooks often simmer catfish steaks with caramel sauce, and use the fish’s head and tail in this refreshing soup brightened with tamarind and pineapple. Penny De Los Santos
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Quiche Lorraine
Eggy, cheesy quiche lorraine makes for a refined, delicious brunch. Todd Coleman
Joe’s Special is one of the most odd and divine scrambles known to man. Consisting of egg, garlic, spinach, and ground beef, the dish originated in San Francisco in the 1920s, at a long-gone Italian-American restaurant, New Joe’s. See the recipe for Joe’s Special » Todd Coleman
Bobotie (South African Meat Pie)
This Cape Town specialty generally consists of spiced meat mixed with chutney and tamarind paste and milk-soaked bread, poured into a dish, topped with a custard of egg and milk, and baked until it’s golden on top. Get the recipe for Bobotie (South African Meat Pie) » Todd Coleman
Spaghetti alla Primavera
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West African Peanut Stew
Okra, tomatoes, hot chiles, and plum tomatoes lighten the stew’s intense richness, but it’s the indispensable peanut that gives this dish its essential earthy character. Todd Coleman
Eggs Sardou
Eggs Sardou is an ornate New Orleans classic, with anchovies tucked in between egg and artichoke, and a thick hollandaise sauce blanketing the entire dish, scattered with handfuls of minced black truffle, parsley, and ham and served with elegant fried asparagus spears. Charlie Varley/Sipa Press
The secret to the shimmering roux that tops this classic German roast is a pinch of sugar; it gilds the gravy as it balances the lemon and pickling spices in the dish. See the recipe for Sauerbraten » Todd Coleman
Any way you make it, there is nothing like falafel’s first bite: the crisp-fried exterior giving way to a creamy center of seasoned mashed beans, garlic, and parsley. Todd Coleman
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Bacon and Egg Pie
This New Zealand combination of flaky pastry, canary-yellow yolks, and salty bacon has cross-cultural appeal. Get the recipe for Bacon and Egg Pie » Penny De Los Santos
Korean Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (Chap Chae)
Slippery sweet potato noodles turned golden from the cooking juices and soy sauce, crunchy vegetables, and tender beef make for a satisfying dish. Penny De Los Santos
In Ethiopia, no holiday meal is complete without Doro Wat, a long-stewed dish of chicken flavored with chile, garlic, berbere, cardamom, and ginger, served with boiled eggs. See the recipe for Doro Wat » Todd Coleman
Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)
For nasi goreng, leftover rice is stir-fried with a seasoning paste made from chiles, shrimp paste, and palm sugar, yielding a richly flavored dish that’s ridiculously delicious. A fried egg on top makes it a satisfying meal. Todd Coleman
Grillades and Grits
In this recipe, beef medallions are simmered in a Creole-Italian red gravy including enough tomatoes or tomato paste to color and flavor but not dominate the sauce. Penny De Los Santos
Blanquette de Veau (Veal in Cream Sauce)
This dish of delicate veal, butter and more butter, cream, and carrots consistently ranks in the top ten when the French are surveyed about their favorite dishes. Todd Coleman
This classic Italian-American dish is made from a lean cut of beef pounded thin, spread with a layer of grated cheese, fresh herbs, prosciutto, raisins, and pine nuts, then rolled, tied, seared, and simmered for hours in tomato sauce. See the recipe for Braciola » Todd Coleman
Banana-Oatmeal Muffins
Classic banana-nut muffins get a tangy boost from buttermilk and a hearty dose of oatmeal for a nutritionally-packed lunchbox (or breakfast) treat. Maxime Iattoni
Chicken and Egg Club Sandwich
A toasted poppy seed bagel is piled high with crisp greens, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted chicken, bacon, a fried egg, and homemade buttermilk dressing for a decadent spin on the traditional club sandwich. Tara O’Brady
Spanish Potato Frittata (Tortilla Española)
Tortilla española is everything we love about Spanish cooking—lusty, elemental, assuredly simple. Traditionally this Iberian omelet gets its heft from thin-sliced potatoes, but chef Ferran Adria substitutes a generous handful of store-bought thick-cut potato chips. Penny De Los Santos
General Tso's Chicken
Crunchy, sweet, and salty, this quintessential chicken stir fry makes for a satisfying dinner for two on a cold night. See the Recipe for General Tso’s Chicken » Todd Coleman
An adaptable stew from the Brazilian state of Bahia, Vatapa gets its luxurious texture and signature floral notes from coconut milk and palm oil. Get the recipe for Vatapa » Todd Coleman
Ultimate Gin and Tonic
Citrus wheels and edible flowers lend beautiful color to a classic gin and tonic. Get the recipe for Ultimate Gin and Tonic Todd Coleman
Flemish Beef and Beer Stew (Carbonnade)
Unlike French beef stews made with wine, carbonnade—a Flemish stew—relies on the deep, dark flavor of Belgian abbey-style beer. But what really gives the dish its distinctive character is the addition of brown sugar and cider vinegar, a sweet-sour combination that plays beautifully against the caramelized onions and rich beer. Get the recipe for Flemish Beef and Beer Stew » Barbara Ries
Murgh Korma (Creamy Chicken Curry)
The creaminess and complex flavor of this beloved Indian curry comes from pureed almonds and cashew nuts. Penny De Los Santos
Risotto alla Milanese
Saffron gives this risotto its vibrant color and flavor. Todd Coleman
A good moussaka—a baked casserole of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and minced lamb or beef under a lush layer of béchamel sauce—is one of the most fabulous things you can eat. Todd Coleman
Chicken Pot Pie
Classic, comforting pot pie gets an elegant boost with the addition of shaved black truffles. Landon Nordeman
Coquilles St-Jacques (Gratinéed Scallops)
While modern chefs tend towards lighter scallop recipes, this old French dish of scallops poached in white wine, placed atop a purée of mushrooms in a scallop shell, covered with a sauce made of the scallop poaching liquid, and gratinéed under a broiler, is a great way to prepare the bivalve. Todd Coleman
Pan Bagnat (Provençal Tuna Sandwich)
Packed with tomatoes, local bell peppers, black niçoise olives, anchovies and tuna, pan bagnat is basically a salade niçoise on crusty bread. Photography by Todd Coleman
A little ham added to the ricotta filling for this classic baked pasta imparts an extra layer of richness. Landon Nordeman
Shepherd's Pie
In this pub staple, gravy is added to minced meat, onions, and any vegetables on hand and topped with a buttery mound of mashed potato is dolloped on top. Get the recipe for Shepherd’s Pie » Penny De Los Santos
Pepper Pot
Colonial Philadelphia, with its busy waterfront, was well influenced by trade from points south. Among the most famous Caribbean culinary imports was pepper pot. The rich, spicy stew of beef, pork, root vegetables, and greens became a staple in Philly, where West Indian hawkers advertised it with cries of “pepper pot, smoking hot!” Today, at City Tavern, a colonial-style saloon, this version is served. Get the recipe for Pepper Pot » Todd Coleman
Chile Verde
You can get a bowl of green chili most anywhere in the American southwest, but New Mexicans are particularly proud of their chile verde, with its hunks of juicy pork shoulder and tart tomatillo-based sauce. Penny De Los Santos
Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich
Bring out peanut butter’s savory side by topping it with a few strips of smoky bacon—cooked extra-crisp to hold up against sogginess. On hearty whole-wheat bread, it’s the kind of sandwich you may not be able to wait until lunchtime to eat. Helen Rosner
Bigos (Polish Pork and Sauerkraut Stew)
Bigos—a Polish stew of pork shoulder, bacon, kielbasa, and sauerkraut—is perfect for every celebration. Get the recipe for Bigos (Polish Pork and Sauerkraut Stew) » Todd Coleman
Chocolate Mousse
This simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense concoction has been a hit with home cooks in America at least since the New York Times published its first recipe for the dessert in 1955. Todd Coleman
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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Try layering chocolate into the cookie dough for crisp edges and a moist and tender inside. Todd Coleman
Elvis Presley's Pound Cake
The King was a big fan of rich sweets, and classic buttery pound cake—flavored simply with vanilla—was no exception. Penny De Los Santos
These classic fork-tine-mashed peanut butter cookies retain all the chewiness and deep toasty flavor you remember. Todd Coleman
Pistachio Financiers
This two-bite pastry is as rich as the name suggests: its defining ingredients are almond flour, ground pistachios, and brown butter, lightened with whipped egg whites. Todd Coleman
Lemon Soufflé
There is something about a souffle—a magical blending of eggs, air, and acid—that turns any meal into an unforgettable event. Todd Coleman
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For many kids, it’s a relief to discover there’s no actual egg in a chocolate egg cream–just a frothy mix of cold milk, seltzer, and rich chocolate syrup. Todd Coleman
Rum Raisin Ice Cream
The combination of rum and raisins has long elevated all kinds of desserts, but when applied to a vanilla custard base, the flavors truly shine: a concentrated burst of dried fruit cut by the boozy kick of rum, all cushioned by creamy dairy. Penny De Los Santos
Classic Blondies
Like a brownie in shape and texture, blondies are packed with all the brown sugar and butterscotchy goodness of chocolate chip cookies, but are softer and more substantial. Todd Coleman
Boston Cream Pie
There’s an unwavering appeal to two layers of golden sponge cake sandwiching thick custard, all topped with a glossy layer of chocolate. Penny De Los Santos
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Butterscotch Pudding
In 2007, chef Nancy Silverton put an Italian spin on this dessert, calling it a “budino” and topping it with caramel sauce and fleur de sel. Call it what you will, it is still, at its core, everything we’ve always loved about butterscotch pudding. Landon Nordeman
Dense, sweet, and slightly nutty, there’s no better pair for a cup of coffee than a slice of crumb cake eaten out of hand. See the recipe for Crumb Coffee Cake » Todd Coleman
Pain au Chocolat
Beautiful homemade croissants, each containing a bar of high-quality dark chocolate, make for an impressive and indulgent addition to a breakfast spread. Todd Coleman
Sweet Potato Pie
Using boiled sweet potatoes rather than baked ones gives this pie a beautifully vibrant color. Todd Coleman
Senate Bean Soup
This simple bean soup is studded with ham. Todd Coleman
Cilantro-Mint Chutney
This bright, tangy chutney is a great complement to samosas or curry. Todd Coleman
Oysters Rockefeller
The original oysters Rockefeller recipe is a closely guarded secret, but this version gets close with an herb-filled roux and a breadcrumb crust. Todd Coleman
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Indian Rice Pudding
This traditional cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its particular richness to the inclusion of whole milk, which has been reduced by half during the cooking process to produce a thick, creamy base. Landon Nordeman
Sole Meunière
Dover sole is a remarkable fish—meaty and succulent, but with a delicate flavor. When it comes to cooking it, the simplest way is the best, as in classic sole meuniere, where butter and lemon subtly enhance the taste and texture. Landon Nordeman
Hush Puppies
These crisp-fried cornmeal balls are traditionally served alongside fried fish and tartar sauce in the Deep South. Landon Nordeman
Angel Food Cake
Named for its light, fluffy texture and ethereal, pale crumb, angel food cake is the perfect base for a whipped cream and syrupy fruit topping. Landon Nordeman
Chicken Noodle Soup
Warming, filling chicken soup just may be the ultimate panacea. Cooking the noodles in the broth enriches both the noodles’ flavor and the soup itself, which thickens slightly from the released starches. Landon Nordeman
Salmon Teriyaki
In the Japanese kitchen, “teriyaki” means a dish that’s glazed and grilled or broiled. Jarred versions of sweet-salty teriyaki sauce are available, but it’s so easy to make from scratch, and so versatile, that we make our own and slather it onto salmon before cooking, which allows the sugars in the sauce to caramelize, for a deep, rich flavor. Landon Nordeman
Mushroom-Barley Soup
A hearty beef stock serves as the base for mushroom and barley soup, a more elegant (but no less satisfying) version of the New York deli staple, elevated with fresh thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice. Landon Nordeman
Linguine with Clam Sauce
The secret to this simple and satisfying pasta dish is boiling the linguine until it’s just al dente, so that it will absorb plenty of the briny, winey sauce when the two are cooked together. Landon Nordeman
Chili con Carne
You won’t find beans or tomatoes in a true Texan chili con carne—just tender cubes of beef and pork, fiery chiles, and plenty of garlic, onion, oregano, and cumin for flavor. Landon Nordeman
Steak Diane
A lean cut like filet mignon takes well to sautéeing in a little fat, as in this classic preparation with a simple pan sauce that’s laced with brandy and set aflame—a spectacular feat that cooks off the alcohol and contributes rich caramel notes to the dish. Landon Nordeman
Chicken Vindaloo
This tangy, spicy curry from Goa, India, has roots in vinh d’alho, a stew brought to the region by Portuguese colonists. Now an Indian restaurant staple, it comes in countless variations—some fiery, some mild—from the subcontinent to the British Isles. Landon Nordeman
Penne alla Vodka
Whether or not this dish of tube-shaped penne pasta lavished with a peppery, vodka-laced cream and tomato sauce was created in Italy is a matter of heated debate in some quarters; some say it was the result of aggressive marketing on the part of vodka importers. Whatever the case, it has become firmly entrenched as an Italian American classic. Landon Nordeman
Twice-Baked Potatoes The buttery, creamy indulgence of mashed potatoes meets the visceral joy of digging into a baked potato in this iconic side dish. See the recipe for Twice-Baked Potatoes » Todd Coleman
Broccoli Casserole
At some point in my early childhood, my mother, Patricia, transitioned a third shift nursing career into a more steady, although infinitely more challenging, job as a special education teacher to mimic my own school schedule. One day she brought home a recipe card from a co-worker that would change our lives forever—a cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise-laden broccoli casserole topped with stuffing mix and cheddar cheese. Easily pulled off on a busy weeknight, this simple, satisfying dish became more sophisticated as I grew and began helping in the kitchen. Fresh broccoli replaced frozen, cremini mushrooms and béchamel replaced canned soup, and panko replaced stuffing mix, but our devotion to the dish has never wavered. —Kellie Evans Maxime Iattoni
Chicken in Wine Sauce (Coq au Vin)
This winey chicken braise dotted with pearl onions and button mushrooms is the first French dish many cooks outside France make, and no wonder: It’s as simple to prepare as it is elegant to serve. Maxime Iattoni
Classic Bananas Foster
This boozy, buttery concoction of caramelized bananas flambéed in rum sauce is a dining-out classic invented at legendary New Orleans restaurant, Brennan’s. Maxime Iattoni
Use the ripest, sweetest, smoothest mangos you can find, such as Champagne or Haitian varieties, for this creamy and refreshing yogurt-enriched fruit shake. Get the recipe for Mango Lassi (Indian Mango Yogurt Drink) » Maxime Iattoni
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
A quintessential muffin recipe combines the nutty flavor of poppy seeds with a generous hit of fresh lemon zest. Maxime Iattoni
Sesame Noodles
A garnish of chopped peanuts and slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch to the silky, savory Chinese-American noodle dish. Maxime Iattoni
Classic Gravy Fries (Poutine)
An unabashedly savory collage of french-fried potatoes, beef gravy, and squeaky-fresh cheese curds, poutine is perhaps the ultimate late-night snack. Maxime Iattoni
Scotch Eggs
A hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and bread crumbs and then deep-fried may seem like a product of modern pub culture, but the Scotch egg was invented by London department store Fortnum & Mason in 1738. Maxime Iattoni
Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy
One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day. A hint of cayenne brightens the gravy’s richness, but it’s even better with a dash or two of hot sauce. Maxime Iattoni
Pounding the chicken cutlets before cooking renders them thin and terrifically tender. Deglazing the pan with Marsala and stock after cooking the chicken creates a quick, rich sauce. Maxime Iattoni
Tourtière (Québécois Meat Pie)
This French Canadian classic gets holiday flair from apple cider and warming spices. Get the recipe for Tourtière (Québécois Meat Pie) » Maxime Iattoni
Chicken Gumbo
During cooking, okra exudes a thick liquid that gives this hearty Cajun stew a sumptuous, silky texture; a little filé powder, made from dried sassafras leaves, further thickens and enriches it. But the backbone of this gumbo, and the source of its smoky flavor, is the roux made by toasting flour in hot oil until it is a deep red-brown. Get the recipe for Chicken and Sausage Gumbo » Maxime Iattoni
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
These tender ravioli are filled with spinach and cheese and topped with a tangy tomato sauce bolstered with mushrooms, zucchini, and squash. Maxime Iattoni
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Popping sirloin in the freezer for 20 minutes firms it up for easy slicing—the thinner the better when it comes to this classic Korean preparation. After drinking up a peppery soy sauce marinade, the tender meat cooks quickly over high heat, developing a flavorful char. See the recipe for Bulgogi (Korean Barbecue Beef) » Maxime Iattoni
Fettuccine Alfredo
This extra-rich version of fettuccine Alfredo is impossible to resist. Boiling the pasta until it’s just al dente allows it to soak up plenty of the creamy sauce. Maxime Iattoni
Green Curry Chicken
You can buy the green curry paste to make this Thai classic at any Asian market, but it’s so easy to make, and the results are so fragrant and flavorful, that it’s more than worth making from scratch. Maxime Iattoni
Red Beans and Rice
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