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5 Mashed Sides for Thanksgiving

This is pretty much how the discussion about which mashed potato dish(es) to serve at Thanksgiving goes in our family. We need to have everything that we’ve always had, just the way we’ve always had it, but we also need to not have the same old everything or it’s boring. Also, no one really likes marshmallows on their sweet potatoes, but that’s the way Aunt Sue (rest her soul) always made them, so it’s tradition. But marshmallows have gelatin in them, and then Grannie Annie, Lizzie, and Charlotte, who are vegetarians, can’t eat them, plus, they are the ones who really depend on the …

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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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5 Great Burger Recipes

There is almost nothing that doesn’t get improved by being grilled. Pizza, corn, lamb chops, steak—all become their finest versions of themselves (okay, one of their finest versions of themselves) when cooked on a grill. And, of course, there is the burger, which is one of the best-loved foods best-suited to meet up with live fire. And yes, you can buy premade patties and have a satisfying meal, but with a few extra minutes and a handful of additional ingredients you’ll get to “Remember those burgers from last year’s Memorial Day/Father’s Day/Fourth of July?” Memorable burgers. Here are five to …

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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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