• We’re using regular ole elbow macaroni, but our cheese sauce actually contains a hidden healthy ingredient: butternut squash. And as a bonus, because we love you, we’re adding decadent lobster. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 1...

  • A spiced-to-the-max salsa verde teams up with roasted cherry tomatoes and corn to give this pasta dish a cool, smoky depth that finishes with bright and zesty notes. This will leave you wondering why you haven’t tried this before! YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot...

  • We asked our staff to describe their all time favorite pasta dish, and then we mined those dishes for ingredients to build this recipe. The bright pesto and sweet peas are perfect in the creamy wine sauce; crispy fried meatballs add the perfect savory touch....

  • The trick to these is to parcook the potatoes and corn for a little first, and then add the shrimp so they don’t overcook. A good dose of Cajun seasoning and some crab boil liquid kicks things up quite a bit! YIELD 4 servings ZEST...

  • If you’ve been on the internet at all in recent years, you’ve probably seen a recipe for Mississippi Pot Roast. It all started when a couple of Mississippi natives put the recipe in their church cookbook, and it eventually took off, mostly because it’s so...

  • Traditional mole sauce has a rich flavor from the many ingredients used. Our red mole is more streamlined and calls on bacon to help impart a smokier flavor. The chicken is rubbed in the mole paste, and is perfect with a side of Spanish rice...

  • A classic comfort-food favorite with a smoky, spicy spin. We’re using one pepper two ways—a fresh poblano and the dried form, the ancho—for an extra depth of flavor. YIELD 8 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 45 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 5 cups beef...

  • You don’t need to order takeout—we promise you can easily make Asian food at home. For this recipe, just think of making your go-to spaghetti but subbing in some simple Asian flavors instead of marinara. YIELD 8 servings ZEST FACTOR medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK...

  • Who doesn’t love a good old hearty pot pie? I brought the heat to this one, trust me. Be prepared for a meltdown of flavor. by Vic Clinco YIELD 4 Servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 2 tablespoons oil...

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    Do you ever watch those barbecue competitions on the cooking networks? Well, we were inspired to give it a faux go in our test kitchen—this was our “winning” dish. We were so impressed with the presentation, flavor and texture of the meat that we joked...