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Recipe: One-Bowl Tres Leches Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Popular throughout Latin America, tres leches is a buttery cake baked and then soaked in a combination of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk, hence the "three milks" name. While milk-soaked cake might sound soggy, this cake is the perfect summertime cake, thanks to its cool serving temperature. The cake acts as a sponge for the milk mixture and takes on a rich pudding-like texture after the milks are added. Served cold straight from the pan, tres leches cake tastes much like a rich vanilla ice cream with a pudding-meets-cake texture.

Tres leches cake often starts with a sponge cake, but here we use the magic of our one-bowl cake to make this classic dessert even easier to bake and make.

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Recipe: Bacon-Lovers’ Potato Salad — Salad Recipes

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As many variations of potato salad as there are out there, it's hard to beat the classic combination of smoky bacon and tender potatoes. In this tangy German-inspired potato salad, there's bacon-y goodness infused into every single bite. For all you bacon-lovers out there, this recipe should be at the top of your list the next time a side of potato salad is needed to go next to some fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs, or barbecued ribs.

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Recipe: Flank Steak with Bourbon Cream Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The meaty bite and fatty flavor of flank steak is pretty irresistible all on its own, but add bourbon cream sauce and this simple weeknight meal takes a turn for something far fancier. This quick-cooking sauce, swirled with smoky, sweet bourbon, a splash of stock, and some cream, is a luxe combo that takes your basic pan sauce to a new level — and your steak, too! Best of all, the sauce comes together with just three ingredients.

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Recipe: Peach and Rooibos Tea Fruit Gummies — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn

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The surefire way to make my toddler happy is to give her gummies. It doesn't matter if they're regular, organic, or even vitamin — if it's in gummy form, she'll eat it. She's onto something, though, as I sometimes find myself sneaking one of her treats for myself and wondering why they're always marketed to kids. Here's a homemade gummy recipe with a tasty tea twist for grown-ups instead!

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Recipe: One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the main course so that you can focus your attention on it. Smoked paprika not only lends its intense flavor to the couscous, but it also adds color, creating the most beautiful golden hue. Toasted sliced almonds add textural crunch to the dish (something that is all too often missing in plain ol' couscous), and a slew of chopped fresh parsley brings its pop of green freshness to the equation. Enjoy this as a bed for roast chicken, grilled steak, or even just a pile of juicy roasted vegetables for a simple, satisfying meal.

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Recipe: Fast and Fancy Spinach-Artichoke Mac and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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You love spinach-artichoke dip and you love mac and cheese, so it only makes sense that these two crowd-pleasers come together to make this luxurious weeknight dinner. If you think each one is amazing on its own, you haven't lived until you've experienced this dip-meets-dinner mash-up. With four (yes, four!) cheeses, a double dose of veggies, tender pasta, and a single pot, it doesn't get much better than this easy-fancy mac and cheese.

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