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Make-ahead Recipes

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Spanakopita

Time:1 hour 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 4 bunches curly- or flat-leaf spinach (about 3 1/2 pounds total), trimmed and washed
  • 1 3/4 pounds leeks (white and light-green parts only), halved lengthwise, rinsed well, and sliced crosswise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 24 sheets frozen phyllo dough (from a 16-ounce package), thawed
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta (4 ounces)
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Minted Pea and Prosciutto Crostini

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Lamb, Potato, and Leek Stew

Time:1 hour 15 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 bunch leeks (1 1/2 pounds), white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise, rinsed well, and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound small potatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley, for serving
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Gooey Layered Everything Bars

Time:1 hour
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, toasted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces)
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Asparagus and Green Beans with Chili-Orange Oil

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Peanut Butter Waffles

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing waffle iron
  • 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 bananas, sliced, for serving
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup, for serving
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Strawberry-Pistachio Tart

Time:1 hour 5 mins
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Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

Time:50 mins
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for baking dish
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons amber rum or orange juice
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Double-Chocolate Pound Cake

Time:1 hour 15 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), sifted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips
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Orange-Poppy Scones

Time:40 mins
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest plus 1/4 cup orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Coarse or sanding sugar, for sprinkling
  • Butter and fruit jam (optional), for serving
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