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American Ballet Theatre’s Virginia Lensi Shares Her Allergy-Friendly Oat Pancakes

When Virginia Lensi first moved to the U.S. from Milan, she fell hard for one element of American culture: brunch. “It was my first time realizing that people here actually have pancakes on Sunday,” says the American Ballet Theatre corps dancer. “I had brunch once, and I loved it. I always wanted to keep pancakes as a tradition on Sundays with my friends or my boyfriend.”

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Mark Morris Shares His “Stone Soup” Kerala Vegetable Stew Recipe

In the folktale “Stone Soup,” members of a village each bring one ingredient to a simmering pot; it doesn’t matter what they bring, but they learn that the combination of items is more delicious than each one indivi­dually. That’s how Mark Morris thinks of this vegetable stew hailing from Kerala, a state in the south of India.

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Keon K. Nickie, Artistic Assistant of Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore!, Shares His Family’s Trinidadian Macaroni Pie

Keon K. Nickie learned to cook by watching three of the wonderful women in his life: his sister, mother, and grandmother. “I started at a tender age, 7 or 8,” says the former Dallas Black Dance Theatre member, who now works as the artistic assistant for DBDT’s second company,­ Encore! Growing up in Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday meals were a highlight of the week, and macaroni pie was always on the menu. “We’d have it with fried rice, stew chicken, potato salad, and callaloo [Caribbean stewed greens],” says Nickie, who, since moving stateside for college, has continued the tradition by making macaroni pie nearly every Sunday. Now, he invites friends over to share the fruits of his labors.

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