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Spaghetti In Tuna Sauce With Spicy Breadcrumbs

You may not recognize this dish. Look closely -- canned tuna, pasta, crispy bits on top -- it's starting to come into focus now, isn't it? No matter the amount of kitchen wisdom gathered throughout the years, I remain steadfast in my love for tuna casserole. I chucked the canned soup ages ago, replacing it with homemade Mornay sauce instead (so much better). Then one day, in need of a quick food fix, and yearning for my old standby, I dreamt up this iteration: Spaghetti, slicked in a simple tuna sauce, sprinkled with crispy spicy breadcrumbs. The tuna casserole of the 50's was revered because a delicious meal could be put together in 30 minutes. This new version promises all the same comforts in less than 20.

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Russian Dressing

Sure, you could have a pastrami sandwich without the creamy pink sauce referred to as Russian dressing, but why would you want to? The classic sandwich, generously topped with a pile of brined and hardwood-smoked meat is made infinitely better with its addition. And while it may be tempting to buy it by the bottle, it takes less time (and tastes way better) to simply make it at home.

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Bizcochitos

The power of a recipe to connect you to the past is potent. Unlike a single keepsake, its power lies in its equality: Anyone and everyone who cooks an heirloom recipe can savor the joy of a beloved place, a missed loved one, through a single bite. This recipe for bizcochitos comes from my great grandmother, who made them each year during Christmastime. All the kids, my mom included, would hover around the kitchen, eager to steal the first bite as they came out of the oven.

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Dilly Bread

Years ago, I would've shared this recipe with you thinking it was from our family vault. It is, in a way. We've made it for decades, through generations, starting with my Nana. Then, a year or so ago, I ran across the identical recipe in an old copy of the Austin Junior Forum's Lone Star Legacy: A Texas Cookbook. And again, I found a variation in the pages of another cookbook, From Amish to Mennonite Kitchens. Clearly, we weren't the only family breaking Dilly Bread every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. And, I discovered, we have a Mrs. Leona Schnuelle from Crab Orchard, Nebraska to thank for it. In 1960, she took the blue ribbon prize for her Dilly Bread recipe in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Since then, it's been baked in American kitchens across the entire country. There is a reason for that. It's good. Really good.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

I have a serious culinary soft spot for onion dip. I'd venture to guess many of you do too. If you appreciate those flavors, it's a hard task to step away from the bowl. I grew up eating a lot of onion dip and potato chips (with ridges, of course) at every sleepover, birthday party, camping trip, and late-night movie marathon. But I'm happy to leave that plastic tub in the past in exchange for a new, much improved version of my old-school favorite.

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