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Mary Giuliani's Macos (Mac-and-Cheese Tacos)

"The Maco started as a total accident—I was catering a party that had both mac and cheese and tuna tacos on the menu. When I ran out of tuna early into the party, I improvised with the remaining mac and cheese to create the Maco!" —Mary Giuliani

Smothered Cabbage with Sausage

This hearty one-pot meal is the perfect dish for a crowd. Add a pan of cornbread and you've got a party!

Chicken & Salsa Verde Tamales

You can freeze the tamales, uncooked or cooked, in resealable plastic bags. Either way, they can go straight from the freezer into the steamer. If you’re heating up just a few cooked tamales, place them in a bowl and cover with a wet paper towel, then microwave them until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Make-Ahead Latkes

Latkes are a do-aheader’s dream. After they’re cooked, latkes keep well in the fridge for a day or two, or wrap them well and keep them in the freezer for up to two weeks. Reheat them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven until they're crisp again.

Thai Basil Lemonade

Lemonade gets a lift thanks to Thai basil, a variety of the herb that has a slightly spicy, licorice-ish flavor. Look for Thai basil at Asian markets or farmers’ markets. If you can’t find it, use regular basil.

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Sesame-Hoisin Chicken Wings

Sticky, spicy, and a little bit sweet. After you make these wings you may never go back to buffalo.

Hot Dogs with Kimchi Salsa

Kimchi, the fermented Korean cabbage dish, can take weeks to make, but this quick version comes together in just 15 minutes. The fresh and funky (in a good way) condiment is a fun way to wake up all-American grilled hot dogs.

Easy Soy-Balsamic Sauce

This simple sauce uses four ingredients that you probably already have. It’s a little sweet and a little savory and will keep in the fridge for 3 months. Use it as a marinade for chicken or pork, drizzle a little bit on rice, or toss with roasted sweet potatoes.