Bake like Mrs. Patmore, eat like the Crawleys with this delightful 'Downton Abbey' cake

Madeira Cake (Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

Madeira cake, named after the fortified Portuguese wine with which it was often paired, was a favorite throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

A different take on orange chicken with fresh-squeezed citrus and pecans for crunch

Orange Pecan Chicken (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

Orange juice is a major component of Orange Pecan Chicken, and I want you to squeeze your own.

Food tip: Caramel Apple, Subway

Joining the glut of autumn sweets and spices is this wondrous new baked good.

The pumpkin diaries of southeastern Connecticut

Pumpkin chai macaron and white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake at Sift Bake Shop in Mystic (Erica Moser/The Day)

Across the region, you can find pumpkin cupcakes, cheesecake, ice cream, pancakes, bisque, ravioli and much more.

How to make a better bowl of guacamole

How to make a better bowl of guacamole. (Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)

The biggest mistake home cooks make is using avocados that aren't ready for prime time.

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Brian McKnight — Dec. 5 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $39, $59

Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, Andy Grammer, Dean Lewis — Dec. 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$65

Marie Osmond Symphonic Christmas — Dec. 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $19, $39

Gary Gulman — Jan. 17 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $34, $44

Under the Streetlamp — Dec. 3, 4 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65

They Might Be Giants — Feb. 6 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $25-$35