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Give classic mac and cheese an update with smoky, spicy flavor

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Adding sausage and mushrooms to this macaroni and cheese dish gives a new flavor to one of America's favorite meals. It's all cooked in one pot, even the macaroni. Smoked paprika gives the dish a smoky flavor and the cayenne pepper gives it a special zing.

Fred Tasker's wine suggestion: Earthy opulence! Let's try an opulent California viognier....Read more

Try this tangy, juicy grouper recipe

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A tangy mustard coating gives this baked fish a great flavor and seals in the juices. I use two types of mustard in this recipe, Dijon and a grainy mustard. Any type of mustard with seeds can be used. This is a very simple recipe and, once it is in the oven, you can quickly make the barley.

Barley is used most often in stews and soups, but it ...Read more

Keep things hot with pan-roasted chipotle chicken

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The smoky, sweet flavor of chipotle peppers, a dried and smoked jalapeno pepper, is used as a rub for this pan-roasted chicken. The rub is made with chipotle powder. It can be found in the spice section of the market.

Chopped onions spice up a bought oil and vinegar dressing. Tomato wedges coated with the dressing make a refreshing salad. ...Read more

Glazed Pork Scaloppini is a great end-of-season feast

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Glazed Pork Scaloppini and Plums with Zucchini and Corn Toss

Enjoy the end-of-summer bounty with sweet plums, zucchini and corn. Pork tenderloin made into thin scaloppini take only minutes to saute. The tangy balsamic sauce glazes the pork and plums.

Plums are in season through October. To find a ripe, juicy plum, lightly press your thumb into...Read more

Say goodbye to summer with Grilled Pesto Steak

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Fire up the grill for this end of summer dinner. A prepared pesto sauce and grilled sliced mushrooms go perfectly with a grilled steak.

The pasta salad is made with red bell peppers. You can add any vegetables you have on hand to the salad. It's made with an oil and vinegar dressing. Some people prefer a mayonnaise dressing for a pasta salad. ...Read more

Keep summer sizzling with Balsamic Grilled Swordfish

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Swordfish steaks are a treat on the grill in the summer. The secret is not to overcook the swordfish. It should cook for 8 minutes per inch of thickness. Most steaks are about an inch thick. Alter your cooking time according to the thickness of the swordfish steak you buy. It will continue to cook in its own heat off the fire.

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Summer Garden Minestrone makes perfect refreshing August fare

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Plump summer tomatoes and fresh basil give refreshing flavors to a quick minestrone soup. Add turkey sausage and the crunchy texture of pecans to make a light summer meal. This one-dish dinner can be made in 20 minutes.

Acini pepe is a very small soup pasta. Any type of leftover pasta broken into small pieces or orzo (rice-shaped pasta) can be ...Read more

Use your bounty of summer produce with Tuscan Panzanella Salad

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Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, olives and two-day-old bread are the basis for this Panzanella Salad. Tuscans don't waste a crust of bread. They turn it into a delightful summer salad. The old bread is rehydrated with juice from fresh tomatoes and vinaigrette. If rustic, artisan bread isn't available, toast whole grain bread until they are ...Read more

Tacos make simple but tasty meal

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Chicken Tacos with Pinto Bean Salad

Tacos are becoming one of our favorite sandwiches. Tacos, tortillas folded in half and filled with meat and vegetables, are usually made with fried corn tortillas, though soft flour tortillas are also used. Many restaurants also serve tacos flat as an open sandwich. Either way, they make a simple dinner. I ...Read more

Beat the heat with these refreshing Middle East-inspired salads

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Tabbouleh Salad and Toasted Walnut Couscous Salad

Taste the bright sunshine and refreshing flavors of lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint in this Middle East-inspired dinner. The Tabbouleh Salad is made with bulgur wheat sometimes called bulghur. Bulgur is wheat kernels that have been steamed, dried and crushed. One secret to a flavorful ...Read more

Mangos, fresh tuna make a perfect match in this summery dish

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Ripe, sweet mangos are at the height of their season. They make a great accompaniment for pan-seared fresh tuna. Simply saute the tuna and top it with this mango salsa for a quick summer meal.

It takes a few minutes to cut a mango into cubes. Here's an easy method. Stand the mango on the thick end and cut it in half on each side sliding the ...Read more

Have a taste of France this Bastille Day

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Here is a bistro meal with a taste of France that's perfect for Bastille Day, July 14, or anytime. The mild, warm climate and bright sun in the South of France nurture and sustain the colorful array of ingredients. The sauce for the chicken uses anchovies as a base; they practically melt to nothing when sauteed, yet give the sauce a rich flavor....Read more

Pork chop, strawberry salad makes for perfect seasonal dinner

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Dijon mustard and orange marmalade create a spicy, sweet glaze for quick-cooking boneless pork chops. The secret to speedy cooking is to buy thin-cut pork chops or cut thick ones in half horizontally to make a 1/2-inch thick chop.

Berries are in full season now. For this side dish, sweet strawberries combine with peppery arugula for a sweet and...Read more


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