We prefer untreated shrimp, but if your shrimp are treated with salt or additives such as sodium tripolyphosphate, do not add the salt in step 1. The balanced flavor of Valentina, Cholula, or Tapatío hot sauce works best here. If using a spicier, vinegary hot sauce such as Tabasco, start with half the amount called for and adjust to your taste after mixing. Saltines are a traditional accompaniment, but tortilla chips or thick-cut potato chips are also good. Serve this dish as an appetizer or light meal.

You might need to buy:
  • ketchup
  • finely chopped red onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • Saltines

Pork butt roast is often labeled Boston butt in the supermarket. If your jalapeño is shorter than 3 inches long, you may wish to use two. If fresh tomatillos are unavailable, substitute three (11-ounce) cans of tomatillos, drained, rinsed, and patted dry; broil as directed. Serve with white rice and/or warm corn tortillas.

You might need to buy:
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • dried oregano
  • ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • bay leaves
  • sugar
  • pepper
  • Lime wedges
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You might need to buy:
  • finely chopped red onion
  • white vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Don’t forget soak the beans overnight. Soaked beans cook more evenly and quickly than unsoaked ones. A couple tablespoons of salt in the soaking water produces a creamier, more velvety texture in the cooked beans.

You might need to buy:
  • For the Beans:
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • lard or neutral oil
  • For the Sofrito:
  • lard or neutral oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Salsa fresca

Don’t use frozen corn kernels—it results in a dense, gummy texture. Made with fresh corn, the cake’s crumb is much lighter and softer. After adding the flour mixture to the corn puree, don’t whisk vigorously. Gentle mixing, just until no pockets of flour remain, will minimize gluten development so the cake bakes up tender.

serves 8
You might need to buy:
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • cornstarch
  • baking powder
  • table salt
  • grapeseed or other neutral oil

Cook bacon in Dutch oven over medium heat until crispy, 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onions, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper flakes and cook until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in water and tomato paste, scraping up any browned bits. Add potatoes and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook at vigorous simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in Tabasco. Nestle fish into stew but do not stir. Crack eggs into stew, spacing them evenly. Cover and cook until eggs are just set, 17 to 22 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Serve, passing extra Tabasco separately.

You might need to buy:
  • Salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • water
  • bay leaf
  • large eggs

We prefer a natural (unbrined) turkey breast here, but both self-basting and kosher work well. Plan ahead: The salted meat needs to be refrigerated for at least 8 hours. Skip the salting step if you buy a kosher or self-basting breast. Some stores sell only boneless turkey breasts with the skin still attached; the skin can be removed easily with a paring knife. If you don’t have ¹⁄₂ cup of juices from the rested turkey, supplement with chicken broth.

You might need to buy:
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • wood chips
  • cayenne pepper
  • mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • hamburger buns
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce

Note: If you don’t have a rotisserie, you can cut the pineapple crosswise into ½ (one half) inch slices, dredge each cinnamon sugar, and brown them on the well-oiled grate of a screaming hot grill.

You might need to buy:
  • whipping cream
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • For the whipped cream
  • coconut milk
  • ground cinnamon
  • granulated sugar
  • whole pineapple
You might need to buy:
  • water
  • olive oil
  • dry vermouth
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • milk
  • nutmeg
  • minced fresh parsley leaves
  • minced fresh basil leaves plus an additional 2 tablespoons
  • no-boil lasagna noodles
  • grated lemon zest from 1 lemon