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7 Great Green Bean Recipes to Shake Up the Holidays

Green beans are probably the biggest go to side vegetable dish for the holidays (other than mashed potatoes!). And yet, we’ve all experienced our share of disappointing green beans, so they aren’t necessarily the sexiest dish on the table. And yet, it just doesn’t feel like a Thanksgiving table without a green bean dish. These 7 green bean recipes have all been met with great delight on my table.  Some are takes on very traditional dishes (yes, of course there is a green bean and mushroom casserole with a crispy oniony topping—but wait until you see how delicious this fresher …

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5 Great Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It’s a-comin’. That big day, that big meal. But if you plan ahead, you will rule the world on the third Thursday of this month. Here are 5 recipes that I am 100 percent sure will be on our table, and it would thrill me to no end if some of them were on yours as well. Cornbread and Mushroom Stuffing If you cook this outside of the turkey (and then, especially if you hail from the South), it could well be called “dressing” instead of “stuffing”, then it’s a great vegetarian addition to the big meal. Loads of mushrooms …

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5 Great Tomato, Corn, and Zucchini Recipes

This is the epicenter of the produce season, the embarrassment-of-riches time of year. At this time of year, I always think of what my friend Ted says about growing up in a homey, small town in Connecticut—that the only time they ever locked their cars and homes was in August because if you didn’t someone might drop off some zucchini. I’ll take your extra zucchini. And your extra corn and tomatoes, too. Because I am going to make these recipes from now until the last gorgeous tomato has ripened. Hoping you’re enjoying the surplus as well. Summer Corn, Tomato, and …

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8 Fruit Salsas to Change Things Up!

I have opened probably hundreds of jars of salsa at this point, mostly the classic tomato version.  My kids are salsa and chip fanatics, and to run out of either is to cause a tremor of unhappiness in the home. BUT, I also like to make my own, and over the years I’ve created an arsenal of recipes of fruit-based salsas (especially since we can officially count tomato as a fruit) which are not only great with corn or pita chips, but also delicious atop things like, fish, like this Horseradish Ginger Salmon, chicken, like this Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, …

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10 Things To Make With Leftover Shredded Chicken

Psst….anything on this list also works with leftover shredded turkey!  Which many of us will have in our fridges in a few days. Leftover cooked chicken is one of the most perpetually useful things to have in your fridge.  Whether it’s from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, or just extra from a dinner earlier in the week, it’s a goldmine of future recipes and meals waiting to happen. If you’re super smart, you’ll plan ahead and make a few extra breasts or thighs whenever you cook chicken and then you’ll have this springboard for all sorts of great meals later in …

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9 Nut-Free Bake Sale/Birthday Party Recipes

(With Ingredients You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry!) Are there any schools left that haven’t gone nut-free?  If there are a few left, I am surprised, and feeling a little badly for the kids who are sitting at the nut-free lunch table (though perhaps at this point there is a special room for kids who just can’t move on from their PBJs?). I take all of this very seriously – I have horrible nut allergies myself, and have all my life, but when I was a kid I was definitely unusual, and very self-conscious about how I deal with …

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