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Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21st. Got your king cake?

At first sight, it comes across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there’s nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it’s decked out with any of a number of creative fillings. Help yourself to a slice, or two — just be careful you don’t accidentally bite into the plastic baby. Behold the wonder that is the king cake. For many, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras is simply not complete without it.


Learn about the king cake tradition in New Orleans, and check out the recipe for king cake with cream cheese and apple fillings.

And if you’re looking for a comforting soup or stew to get you through a chilly night, we’ve got you covered. Lorenza Muñoz talks about her mother’s comforting puchero, and a host of other great Mexican stews.

This week’s recipes include:

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