Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry
This vegetarian Indian dish from the state of West Bengal features squash, potatoes, and gourds enriched with ghee and sweetened with grated coconut. Gently spiced with clove, cardamom, and cinnamon, it gets a touch of heat from green chiles. See the recipe for Ghanta Tarkari (Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry) » James Roper

Curry is one of our favorite ways to spice up any dish, and coconut milk is the best way to cool it down a bit. This mixed vegetable curry definitely has the best of both worlds.

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Kashmiri Lamb in Chile Sauce (Mirchi Qorma)
Tender lamb simmers in a fiery sauce in this recipe from Adhoo’s in Srinagar, Kashmir. Ingalls Photography

Saturate your tastebuds instead of your time this weekend. Although making this rich, spicy Indian dish may seem time consuming, most of it can be left to stew while you prepare your tongue for a fiery taste that doesn’t overpower the meat.

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Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
At Seattle’s Little Uncle, chefs Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank dehydrate Oregon bay shrimp and crush them into a green papaya salad, where the crustaceans amp up the umami flavor. Ingalls Photography

Even your salad can get some spice this weekend. Cut up more red chiles if you’re really looking to make your tongue tingle.

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After Farmer's Market Quiche
You can use any leftover cows’ milk cheese to make this quiche. Matt Taylor-Gross

Any leftover cow’s milk cheese can be made into a thick quiche. Mix in your favorite vegetables you pick up from the market this weekend for a hearty, eggy brunch, and if you want to add some spice, try any of our favorite hot sauces from around the world.

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Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos)
Pib is the Mayan word for the type of traditional oven—little more than a hole filled with heated stones, on top of which leaf-wrapped meats are cooked—that was once prevalent in the Yucatán. Get the recipe for Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos) » Photography by Dylan + Jeni

If you want to fill your weekend with tacos (hey, we don’t blame you), try a spicy pulled pork version. The achiote paste and citrus juices are going to give you a seriously delicious and spice-filled meat.

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Scallops with Stewed Chickpeas and Tomatoes
Scallops might not be the heartiest, but when you combine them with a chickpea stew you’re guaranteed to stay cozy on cooler nights. Justin Walker

Scallops are meaty and fluffy. Bringing them to stew with chickpeas and farmer’s market tomatoes to make this seafood star even heartier. The stew gets a jolt of fire from the chile braise, which you’ll want to mop up with bread.

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