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Ingredient: Garlic, Minced

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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Chicken Alfredo

This super easy Chicken Alfredo is ultra creamy, rich, decadent and just may be the best pasta recipe ever! A good pasta recipe is an essential for every family cook. A warm, hearty pasta and chicken dish lovingly draped with rich, creamy sauce – red or white – is just about as good as authentic homemade food gets. I still remember sitting down to a plateful of my mother’s spaghetti when I was a kid. As an adult, I have tried a good number of pasta recipes. I have literally sampled dozens of different sauces: pesto, red sauce, and...

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Beefaroni

Easy Homemade Beefaroni is perfect for the simplified flavor palates of kids. So much better than anything from a can! Quick and Easy–Ready in less than 30 minutes! There’s a lot to be said for hearty family dishes. And growing up, Chef Boyardee was the king of hearty family dishes. I loved his canned concoctions of pastas and soups and, one of my childhood favorites, beefaroni. Now that I’m all grown up, I serve my kids beefaroni too. They love it, and are constantly clamoring about getting it for dinner. And it’s true that, as a kid, Chef Boyardee...

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