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Recipe: Moist & Cakey Banana Bread — Recipes from the Road

(Image credit: Christine Han)

When I was 23 and newly married, I moved to England with a couple of duffel bags, a few boxes of wedding gifts, and my family's banana bread recipe. The banana bread recipe was my aunt's, who passed it along to my mother, who handed it down to me. It was a reminder of home, a familiar treat I could make in my newlywed home so far from my childhood home.

It was also, it turned out, the secret to making friends.

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Recipe: Moist & Cakey Banana Bread — Recipes from the Road

(Image credit: Christine Han)

When I was 23 and newly married, I moved to England with a couple of duffel bags, a few boxes of wedding gifts, and my family's banana bread recipe. The banana bread recipe was my aunt's, who passed it along to my mother, who handed it down to me. It was a reminder of home, a familiar treat I could make in my newlywed home so far from my childhood home.

It was also, it turned out, the secret to making friends.

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Recipe: Almond Butter Granola — Healthy Snack Recipes

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

This granola is a favorite in my house, both spooned over yogurt at breakfast and just snacked on all day long. Sticky almond butter and maple syrup are a delicious magnetic force that pull the oats and sliced almonds into the sweet, jagged clusters that answer the call of my crunchy granola cravings.

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Recipe: Simplest Spiced Lamb Stew — Passover Recipes

This is the light, fragrant stew created with spring celebrations in mind. Unlike the rich beef stews you cozied up with in winter, this one opts for a subtly spiced, brothy base studded with ultra-tender chunks of lamb and vegetables. It's casual enough for a simple Sunday supper, although if you spoon it over a bowl of buttery couscous and top with a splash of fresh herbs, it becomes the centerpiece of a dinner party.

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Recipe: Café con Leche Pops — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

You can't talk about breakfast in Cuba without talking about coffee, a truth that still holds strong when you talk about breakfast in Miami. Be it cafecito or café con leche or any of the coffee drinks that fall in between, coffee is an important part of the morning meal, with café con leche, a drink of sweetened espresso and lots of steamed milk, being the most popular choice as the first drink of the day. With its milky sweetness, café con leche can even feel like dessert, so why not take it all the way there, turning the drink into an ice pop for a cooler take on your morning buzz?

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Recipe: Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos — Quick and Easy Baking

(Image credit: Guy Ambrosino)

I used to think I wasn't the kind of person who wanted something sweet first thing in the morning, but then someone handed me a pastelito de guyaba along with a cup of strong coffee tinted with milk and my mind was forever changed.

The combination of intensely sweet guava paste and tangy cream cheese all encased in a flaky pastry dough has long been a common breakfast treat for Cuban communities and many others throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Bakeries stock this treat, home kitchens churn them out by the batches, and now you can count yourself among the many who know just how incredible this combination is with this recipe for making guava and cream cheese pastelitos at home.

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