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Chicken subs for veal in variation on Italian classic

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This is an easy, scaled-down version of the traditional Italian recipe, Vitello Tonnato (Veal in Tuna Sauce), using sauteed chicken instead of veal. It is a perfect dish to serve hot or cold.

The accompanying mayonnaise sauce has tangy flavors of capers, anchovies and tuna. The original recipe calls for fresh mayonnaise, which takes time and ...Read more

Shrimp and yellow tomato gazpacho is the way to go

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Sweet yellow tomatoes, shrimp, cucumbers and onion combine in this soothing gazpacho.

The cool soup is refreshing and makes a perfect dinner for a hot summer evening. Adding precooked shrimp creates a complete one-dish meal that requires no cooking.

Yellow tomatoes have lower acid content than red varieties, making their flavor sweeter.

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Potato and Sausage Salad perfect for a summer evening

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Here's a quick dinner that's perfect for a summer evening. This Potato and Sausage Salad can be served warm or at room temperature. It tastes even better made a day ahead. The potatoes absorb more of the sauce. Make it in advance, pour a glass of wine and relax and enjoy.

If making the salad ahead, store in a refrigerator and bring to room ...Read more

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.

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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

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