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Three Bean Salad

They say three’s a crowd, but it’s a winning number in my Three Bean Salad! This colorful concoction of beans soaked in a tangy, subtly sweet marinade will be an awesome potluck addition or an amazing side for any meal. Marinades are magic makers. They can turn a tough-as-leather steak into a tender, flavorful feast or a dry chicken breast into a juicy sandwich centerpiece. Heck, they can even elevate something as bland as tofu into a savory substitute for that steak. Guess what else they’re good for? Salads! No, not a big green monster of a salad, but...

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Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Leftover ham helps create a legendary soup full of hearty, creamy white beans with just a hint of fresh thyme and tender chunks of everyone’s favorite smoky, salty piece of pork.  Soup’s on with my easy-but-exceptional Ham and Bean Soup recipe! Spending the evening at a fancy restaurant is every foodie’s dream, wining and dining to your heart’s content (at least until the bill comes). I think we can all agree, though, that being expensive doesn’t necessarily mean something tastes good, and there are some wonderful, inexpensive dishes that can beat the pants off a dainty, five-course meal. Cheaper...

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cool off with my Cucumber Tomato Salad, a crisp, colorful, refreshing side with salty bits of mozzarella and a rich, tangy balsamic vinaigrette.  A delicious dish full of garden delights! If you have your own garden, or know a generous neighbor who does, you’ve probably spent more time than you’ll admit trying to figure out what to do with a countertop full of cucumbers. If you’re one of those industrious types willing to take on the challenges of a pickle-canning adventure, more power to you! Otherwise, I suggest making my Cucumber Tomato Salad. This recipe produces a light, fresh...

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Mexican Corn Salad

Inspired by the street food south-of-the-border, this Mexican Corn Salad is a tangy, sweet and savory side for anything coming off your grill this summer.   Across the world, street food is considered a vital part of heritage food culture, dishes tied to history by ingredients and techniques significant to the country and its people. It’s so important that a World Street Food Congress is held each year, with contributors like Anthony Bourdain, to showcase food from around the globe and build a dialogue around supporting local vendors and preserving street food traditions. Celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless and...

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Szechuan Beef

Craving Chinese takeout but don’t feel like venturing out of your pajamas? Use this recipe and it’s just 30 minutes to Szechuan Beef satisfaction! Dust off your chopsticks, and let’s talk takeout! Everyone loves those cute little boxes with the metal handles. They’re happy little baskets filled with kung pao chicken or sweet and sour pork, uniquely Asian vegetables like bok choy, snow pea leaves, and Japanese eggplant . . . very particular flavors and textures that temporarily transport us to an exotic culinary destination. The only thing better is getting to make it at home (and, pssst, it’ll...

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