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  • This simple French dessert doesn’t need much to be divine. You could serve the pears with whipped cream or chocolate sauce— they’re even great sliced in a green salad. But whatever you do, plan ahead: This treat is best made overnight to develop intense flavor....

  • Bananas Foster, a popular dessert in NOLA, is transformed into a breakfast dish. We kept it traditional by using rum in the glaze, but feel free to swap in regular ole milk. YIELD 16 rolls ZEST FACTOR MILD PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 15...

  • The presentation of this tenderloin is stunning—and so is the flavor. It may look difficult to prepare, but looks are deceiving here. Your guests will definitely be eating with their eyes before even having their first bite. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 10...

  • These dark chocolate brownies are bumped up with a glossy glaze—and a kick of Irish cream liqueur! YIELD about 1 dozen ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 30 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes For the brownies: 1¼ sticks unsalted butter, melted ¾ cup dark cocoa powder...

  • These rolls are a Chile Pepper take on the personal-sized sushi hand rolls featuring one of our favorite ingredients, pork belly. For a pretty presentation, mix up the wrappers—try seaweed, soy or even rice paper—and garnish with the edible Thai basil flowering leaves. YIELD 8–10...

  • To cut down on prep time, we’re using a box of New Orleans–style rice, since it’s already been infused with the flavors of bell peppers and onions, two key components of the “holy trinity.” YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK...

  • Boxed macaroni and cheese has evolved into its own food category; just take a look at the many options lining grocery store shelves. Here, we opted for a box of white cheddar with garlic and herbs, but any will do. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR...

  • Iconic and so easy, you can easily double or triple this recipe, and it will still turn out great! Serve with bread to mop up all the delicious flavors. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 4 quarts...

  • This recipe is designed to be a meal, but you can make it into a bite-sized hors d’oeuvre if you use smaller mushrooms and cut the cooking time in half. Either way, they’ll be a hit! YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10...

  • This is a classic Creole version, swapping the seafood for chicken. You’ll notice the difference in flavor between shrimp and chicken gumbo. It also brings in a bit more heat with serrano peppers added to the holy trinity. YIELD 8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP...