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Jalapeno peppers put zing in speedy enchiladas

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Tortillas have become part of mainstream American cooking, and it's no surprise. Whether made from flour or corn meal, they're easy to use and are readily available.

Cooking the tomato sauce with whole jalapeno peppers gives it just a hint of hot spice. If you have a passion for hot peppers, cut them up and leave them in the sauce when it is ...Read more

Mango salad with chicken makes most of South Florida's seasonal bounty

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Ripe, juicy mangoes are just waiting to be picked this time of year.

Mango season is one of my favorites. And it's a big crop this year.

If you're looking for ways to use mangoes, try this simple salad featuring mangoes, chicken and Chinese noodles.

Here are some tips on how to handle a mango:

Mangoes continue to ripen after they are picked....Read more

Light meal is subtle, colorful

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Red tomato couscous and pesto swordfish combine for a colorful meal with lots of subtle flavors.

Toasting pecans for the pesto intensifies their flavor. They give added flavor to bought reduced-fat pesto for this quick meal.

Helpful Hints:

-- Any type of non-oily fish such as halibut, tuna or flounder can be used instead of swordfish.

-- One...Read more

Pair flavorful lamb kebobs with hearty salad

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Souvlaki -- chunks of lamb marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic, then grilled on skewers -- is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens.

The best cut of lamb to use is from the leg. Most supermarket meat departments will cut some for you, if it is not on display. I cook these kebabs on a stove-top grill, but a ...Read more

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


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