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Chocolate and chicken? Yes, with this amazing mole sauce!

Don’t be fooled into thinking mole (pronounced mole-EH) is just a Mexican chocolate sauce. To start with, though it is rich and decadent, it is savory, not sweet. In fact, depending on how it is made, it can pack significant heat. Most varieties involve some sort of ground nuts or seeds, which give these sauces a stick-to-your-ribs thickness that begs to be paired with hearty meats.

This is the iconic chicken recipe that you need in your life

When this recipe was first created by The Silver Palate catering and take out shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, it earned an immediate following. When the recipe was later published in “The Silver Palate Cookbook” by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, it was a revelation, mostly thanks to its eccentric ingredient list: Vinegar? Olives? Prunes? Capers? Garlic? Brown sugar? White wine?

Matzo lasagna - a vegetarian Passover entry anyone can love

Let’s say that most of the folks coming to your place for the Passover feast are vegetarians. And let’s say that you want to cater to them without breaking the hearts of the die-hard carnivores whose mouths water at the very thought of pot roast. Is there a centerpiece dish that will make everyone happy?

Yes. As long as your vegetarians can tolerate dairy, this “lasagna” is a winner.

Serving fruit for dessert can be both virtuous and decadent

According to my grandmother, fruit is God’s candy, making it the perfect ending to a meal. I agree with Grandma ‚Äî fruit is a lovely, healthy way to end a meal. But I’ll also confess that the dessert lover in me sometimes craves something a smidge fancier. And by fancier, I mean with chocolate.