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A tip for beefier-tasting tacos: Try buffalo

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Tacos are becoming one of our favorite hand-held foods; the pace of new taco shops opening in South Florida rivals that of hamburger joints.

I recently tasted one I liked with a bold cumin flavor at an event to benefit Common Threads, a nationwide organization geared to teaching kids to eat well. The taco was made by chef Todd Erickson of ...Read more

Pan-roast salmon in maple-wine syrup

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Maple syrup and wine add a savory, sweet flavor to pan-roasted salmon. Roasting in the oven intensifies the flavor of the ingredients, but takes much longer than sauteing. Pan-roasting is a great compromise. The salmon fillet is sauteed and then roasted in a covered skillet for 7 to 8 minutes for a 3/4-inch fillet.

The rule for cooking fish is ...Read more

Learn how to buy, store and use good-quality olive oil

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We've all heard that olive oil is good for us, but does that account for its surge in popularity? Supermarkets have entire shelves dedicated to different types of olive oils. In fact, olive oil production and sales is one of the fastest-growing global industries.

Why the oil boom? I set out to learn more about it and how to buy, store and use ...Read more

Top chicken with baby greens for a surprisingly different dinner

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Tired of being in a rut at dinner time? Here's an inexpensive way to step out with a surprisingly different grilled chicken. This recipe sautes baby greens, also known as field greens or mesclun, with garlic as a colorful topping for chicken. If you can't find the baby greens in the supermarket, you can use a soft lettuce such as bib.

Sauteing ...Read more

Turn up the heat with hot and spicy stir-fried shrimp

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Stir-fry some shrimp with hot pepper sauce, garlic, ginger and lemongrass for a succulent, quick, Thai-flavored dinner.

Lemongrass is the secret to the flavors in this dish. It adds a tang like that of lemon or lime and is one of the most important spices used in Thai cooking. It looks a little like a scallion with long, thin, green-gray leaves...Read more

Quick, stir-fry beef dish gives even leftover rice a burst of flavor

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Peppery, hot flavors mix with a sweet and sour sauce in this quick Szechuan stir-fried beef.

Any type of steak can be used for this recipe. Many markets sell beef already cut into stir-fry pieces. This will save you a few minutes in the kitchen. Another time-saver: The rice is stir-fried in the same wok as the beef.

The wok or skillet should ...Read more

Tandoori chicken just as savory minus the oven

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Tandoori chicken, with its delicate blend of spices and intriguing aroma, is one of my favorite Indian dishes. One characteristic of this dish is that it is cooked in a special tandoori oven in most restaurants. Another important characteristic is the ginger, garlic, coriander and cayenne yogurt sauce in which the chicken is marinated and cooked...Read more

Pork and cauliflower make a popular pairing

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Thin-cut pork scaloppini takes only 5 minutes to cook and is served with a fresh tomato-garlic topping.

Cauliflower is this year's new darling -- surpassing kale in nutritional value and trendy popularity. I found it in many chefs' recipes at this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

For this quick dish, the cauliflower is cooked in the ...Read more

Salmon burgers: juicy and in minutes

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Serve up juicy salmon burgers and add variety to your burger repertoire. These salmon burgers take only minutes to make.

The recipe calls for cooking the burgers in a skillet, but if you're firing up the grill, add these burgers and the buns. It's best to use a small grill grate.

Hot Pepper Corn is the side dish. If you are using the grill for...Read more

Tartines sound fancy but are a cinch to make

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A thick slice of artisan bread topped with grilled shrimp, avocado and pesto sauce makes a quick and easy sandwich supper.

Tartine means slice of bread in French and also can mean an open-face sandwich, usually with an elaborate topping. I created this quick dinner after tasting a tartine from the Books and Books Cafe at the Adrienne Arsht ...Read more

Traditional Spanish fare gets light-style adaptation

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Red bell peppers, chicken, sherry, onion and garlic are frequently used in Spanish cuisine. In keeping with today's trends, new and lighter recipes are evolving from traditional Spanish cooking. Here is my re-creation of an old Spanish favorite.

The vegetables for both the chicken and potato recipes can be coarsely chopped in the food processor...Read more


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