[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Mongolian Stir-Fried Lamb with Cumin: Dry-style stir-fried lamb is a Northern Chinese dish originating in Mongolia. Its primary flavor comes from cumin, soy sauce, and Sichuan peppercorns. It's musky, hot, and well, awesome.

Arugula Pesto: This pesto transforms simple salt-and-pepper chicken breasts into an incredible meal, and we can imagine so much more this sauce could do.

Arroz Aguado (Nicaraguan Chicken and Rice Stew): This Nicaraguan version of arroz con pollo is more soupy and stew-like than the fluffier versions you may be used to, but no less delicious.

Twice Cooked Pork: Twice-cooked pork is a Sichuan dish of fatty pork leg or belly that gets two very different cooking preparations.

One-Pot Sausages and Lentils with Sweet Roasted Shallots: Sausages full of red wine, caramelized sweet shallots, and canned Puy lentils come together in this hearty one-pot, half-hour meal.

Chinese American Beef and Broccoli with Oyster Sauce: Our favorite take on a Chinese-American classic combines seared marinated beef with tender-crunchy broccoli coated in a sweet oyster sauce flavored with garlic, ginger, and scallions.

Jamaican Goat Curry: Chatting with Jamaican locals about goat curry, people seemed to agree that you have to burn the curry powder.

Chinese Pepper Steak (Stir-Fried Beef with Onions, Peppers, and Black Pepper Sauce): Set a wok on your grill for a stir fry that can dish out serious BTUs.

Pancakes with Apricot-Bourbon Sauce: For a special breakfast, serve each guest a mini stack of pancakes topped with a sweet sauce made from bourbon roasted apricots.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies: These chewy cookies have a double dose of chocolate.

Easy Black Forest Cake: An easy adaptation of the classic German dessert that marries chocolate cake with cherries.

Blueberry Crumble Pie: This is a great starter pie for blueberry season. The crisp, flaky crust is a perfect foil to the juicy berries, and the sweet and slightly savory oat crumble topping is easier to make than a traditional top crust. This is a pie that works as well post BBQ as it does for breakfast.

Watermelon & Parsley Pops: Watermelon is one of those great summer fruits that works perfectly in both sweet and savory dishes. And it's this versatility that makes these Watermelon & Parsley Pops from People's Pops such a great combination of summery flavors.


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