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How to Cook Spring Produce

As we approach spring, the excitement mounts. Longer days, warmer weather, and an abundance of amazing produce that is nothing short of inspiring. Farmers’ markets are exploding with all kinds of produce, and it’s impossible not to gather up as much as one can carry and cart it all home. But then what? Put all of these beautiful fruits and vegetables to work! Here are some suggestions for ways to use all of the gorgeous produce of the spring season.   Apricots Try them instead of plums in this crisp. Apricots go beautifully with many cheeses, so add them to a bountiful …

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10 Things To Make With Leftover Ground Beef

Ground meat, often beef, is a dinner mainstay for many of us.  So many things to do with it, it cooks up very quickly, and whatever you make with it is usually comforting and homey and satisfying and family friendly.  But as with any dinner staple, we can get rut-like about how we make it, so here are 10 ways for putting that protein to work in delicious ways. Many of these recipes call for browning the beef within the recipe itself, but if you have leftover ground beef you can skip the browning step and just add the cooked …

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5 Great Cheesy Recipes

The word “cheesy” is often used in a negative way, and it makes me sad, I must tell you. Many of the best foods in the world might be described with that adjective. Let’s redeem cheesy. Writer Clifton Fadiman put it well: “Cheese—milk’s leap towards immortality.” Even the names roll deliciously off the tongue. Taleggio, fontina, mozzarella, Gruyère, Brie, Camembert, chèvre, gorgonzola, parmesan, muenster . . . well, maybe not muenster. And the sheer versatility! Melty or crumbly, creamy or firm, fresh or aged, delicate or sharp, made from the milk of sheep or cows or goats, or a combination …

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10 Must-Have Pantry Ingredients

A question that is often asked of cooks, food writers and people whose lives revolve around their kitchens: what is your favorite ingredient? My answer is pretty much always a combo of two, olive oil and salt.  But that is just the beginning.  Here are some of the everyday pantry staples that make cooking a pleasure, food delicious, and weeknight meals easy.  Plus some ideas for how to put them to good use. 1. Olive Oil, Pure and/or Extra Virgin Olive Oil In a perfect world, you’ll have both kinds on hand, more if you are interested in a variety …

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5 Great Simple Asian Dishes

If pressed to pick one cuisine to cook and eat for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be Asian. Now that’s a total cheat, since the idea of Asian cooking encompasses a vast array of more specific Asian cuisines, from Thai to Japanese to Chinese . . . and those cuisines encompass a whole array of other more discrete Asian cuisines (take Chinese food—we have Szechuan, Catonese, Hunan, etc., etc. . . .) And a smidge of a confession—I would eat sushi every day if the fates would allow. It’s my favorite food, yet it’s …

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5 Great Clean and Healthy Recipes

For the record, I usually don’t make resolutions. I mean I certainly say things like, “Enough with this crap, I’m going to clean out my pantry,” or “I really want to get to the theater more,” or “Why can’t I zip up these jeans?” but these are not resolutions, per se, more than they are random statements usually said aloud to mostly empty rooms in the hopes they will stick and become action. I definitely don’t usually tie any of these resolutions to the New Year, only because like most everyone else, I know that’s the kiss of death. But …

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