Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheese Tamales

Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheese Tamales

For a big tamalada: double, triple, or quadruple this recipe!

If you wish to make your tamales ahead of time, they can be easily frozen. To reheat, partially defrost tamales.  For pre-steamed tamales, you can place them in a microwave safe container with a top and cook 3 to 4 minutes.  For unsteamed tamales, steam the tamales according to cooking instructions in the recipe. Adapted from a recipe by Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta.

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Whole-grain Chapati

Whole-grain Chapati

Chapati (pictured on the left) are traditionally served alongside Indian meals and are a delicious vehicle for stews and braised dishes. In our test kitchen, we used them for tacos and to make some very nontraditional grilled cheese sandwiches. If you have a griddle, it will speed up production immensely.

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Whole-Grain Blender Pancakes

Whole-Grain Blender Pancakes

You can mill at home even if you don’t have a turbo-powered blender. In this recipe, the wheatberries soak overnight—softening them up enough for any home blender to tackle. That said, if you have a Vitamix you can skip the soaking step and make the batter right away. Makes 14 to 16 (3-inch) pancakes.

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Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

This recipe (pictured above, in the center) is adapted from one my mother gave me. Originally known as “Babe’s Apple Cake,” it’s been modified to feature pears and the amount of sugar has been reduced. It’s still a sweet start to the day, but is an easy everyday dessert. Glam it up with a scoop of ice cream for extra points at the dinner table.

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Apple Cider Caramel

Apple Cider Caramel

The most traditional way to enjoy hard cider is in a glass, of course. But it can also be a key ingredient in your fall menus.

When selecting ciders for cooking, choose one that you’d enjoy drinking. If you have any hard cider that’s gone flat, it’s a perfect candidate for one of these dishes.

If you’d prefer, you can use sweet cider (nonalcoholic) in place of all or some of the hard cider called for, just note that since it’s sweeter, you will need a little less of it.

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