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People are unnecessarily intimidated by pie crusts. Your first 10 crusts may look like kindergarten art projects, but so long as the edges are presentable — so long as there are edges — no one who eats the pie will know or care. Many recipes are very specific about what type of fat to use. Cooks swear by all-butter pie crusts, Crisco crusts, lard crusts, even vegetable oil crusts. My favorite is this butter-lard crust, which has the most flavor and shatters when you bite into it. But, use whatever fat you want; the crust will be better than anything you can buy. Homemade crust tasted against Safeway’s frozen shell was delicate and rich, as opposed to brittle and bland. Likewise, it outperformed Pillsbury roll-out dough. Make it or buy it? Make it.  Click here to see the Pumpkin Pie recipe. 
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"Take some time out to make something special for family and friends with this delectable recipe."   — Jay Christian, author of Hollywood Celebrity Recipes
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Short Ribs
Here is a delicious and classic braised short rib recipe, adapted from the 1948 spring issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine.
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Seven-Layer Tamales (Tamales de Capitas o Siete Cueros)
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Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish of stuffed masa (corn dough) which is then steamed in a banana leaf. Try finding banana leaves in the frozen section of the grocery store or at specialty Latin markets; if you can’t find the leaves, use foil as a substitute. This recipe comes from Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Click Here to See More Tamales Recipes
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Best Breakfast Tacos
They're simple, and yet so many fail so often to allow these simple breakfast standbys to really stand out. Smooth refried beans, steamed flour tortillas, chorizo, cheese, and crunchy fried potatoes — that's it. If you want to gussy them up, whip up a batch of fresh simple salsa and guac, or add some scrambled egg. If you don't have time to make your own refried beans, get a can of refried beans and doctor them up with a diced onion, hot sauce, water, and a handful of cheese to make them even tastier. Great in the mornings with kids, or for hangovers if you're still acting like one, and a quick savory dish if you're setting out to have breakfast for dinner. Click here to see Fall in Love with Breakfast Again — at Dinner.
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Buttermilk biscuits are probably the very definition of comfort food — warm, buttery, fluffy, and filling, they pretty much go with anything and make the perfect side dish or base for a sandwich. Brooklyn, NY's Southern-inspired restaurant Seersucker shares their recipe for their buttermilk biscuits.  Click here to see 24 Southern Dishes That You Need to Know How to Make
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Chipotle Shrimp
This recipe from chef Richard Sandoval of Maya Restaurant, located in New York City, features tequila flambéed shrimp with black bean purée, chipotle sauce, and a frisée salad. It's an impressive dish for any dinner party any time of year.
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Pan Cubano (Cuban-Style Bread)
Serve this delicious Pan Cubano with my Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Avocado Chimichurri; it's perfect for sopping up any leftover sauce. Click here to see Christmas Dinner: It's Not Thanksgiving Anymore.
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Mole Amarillito con Chochoyotes (Yellow Mole with Masa Dumplings)
Cooking any one of Mexico's famously delicious moles makes me feel more like I'm in an alchemist's workshop than in a kitchen. This delicious amarillito, or "little yellow," mole is a classic. It is easy compared with how laborious some of Mexico's other moles can be — it can be made, as we Mexicans say, "with one hand on your hip." It is light and bright, but despite the fact that it's not actually yellow, the name has stuck. The dish comes from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known in the culinary world for its many versions of mole. The chochoyotes, or dimpled corn masa dumplings, enrich and thicken the sauce, and the dimple in the center of each one holds the sauce like a tasty, fluffy edible spoon. Click here to see 5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo.
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This mole recipe from Los Sombreros Mexican Café & Cantina uses not one, but four chiles in it to give it its distinct flavor. Douse it on chicken, pork, steak, or fish to add some life to your meal. 
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Southern Fried Chicken
As with many dishes throughout history, the advent of Southern fried chicken was the result of several different events converging. Fried chicken was a West African delicacy brought over to the United States by slaves, the mass production of pork in the South made lard readily available, and the popularity of cast-iron cookware in the 19th century created the fried chicken we now associate with the South. The key to keeping the chicken moist during frying is to marinate it overnight. Buttermilk imparts a slightly creamy taste to the meat that complements the crispy, savory crust perfectly.
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