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Quick Fix: Celebrate the season with bright blend of veggies for summer soup

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Here’s a dinner to welcome the official start of summer. It’s a bright blend of summer zucchini, green beans and tomatoes. A little goat cheese mixed in at the end gives the soup a creamy texture. It’s a simple, vegetarian dinner that also tastes great the next day, so make extra if you like.

I use Roma tomatoes for the soup. They are ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Balsamic-glazed steak perfect for Father's Day

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When I think of Father’s Day, steak always comes to mind. For this easy dinner, the steak is cooked in a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze that coats it. I like to save preparation time by using frozen chopped onions from the freezer case and sliced mushrooms from the produce department.

Watercress adds a little bite to the salad, and the ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Sauteed cod with pesto sauce offers bursts of flavor with little effort

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Pesto sauce, created in Genoa on the Italian Riviera, adds bright flavors and textures to dishes. Pesto combines fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil. Store-bought pesto sauce made this a quick, 15-minute dinner by adding it to sauteed cod fillets for a quick burst of flavor with very little effort.

Farfalle is also ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Opera-inspired pasta hits a high note

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Taste the flavors of Sicily in this traditional Sicilian dish. Eggplant gives a meaty-like texture to this vegetarian dinner. The recipe originated in Catania on the Eastern coast of Sicily and is named after the opera "Norma," which was composed by Sicilian Vincenzo Bellini.

The Parmesan cheese for the garnish is shredded instead of grated. To...Read more

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Quick Fix: Shrimp kabobs, grilled corn on the cob perfect for Memorial Day, grilling season

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With Memorial Day weekend approaching, I’m thinking of grilling and a light start-of-summer recipe. Shrimp kabobs and corn on the cob cook quickly on the grill. I like to skewer the shrimp with 2 skewers instead of one. This keeps the shrimp from spinning around when you turn them over. Also, leave a little space between each shrimp so the ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Popular spice adds pizzazz to chicken breast recipe

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I was looking for a new way to dress up boneless, skinless chicken breast. Everything but the Bagel spice is becoming very popular. It adds lots of flavor by just using this spice blend for the chicken. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. It’s a mixture of sesame seeds, dried onion flakes, garlic powder and poppy seeds. ...Read more

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Quick Fix: A simple but flavorful take on sweet and sour beef

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Sweet and sour beef is a popular Chinese stir-fry dish. Here's a simple version that has great flavor and can be made in minutes. The sweet and sour sauce is light so it gently coats the beef and vegetables blending the flavors together, but not masking the taste of each ingredient.

The secret to wok cooking is to achieve a crunchy texture ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Fresh salmon makes this ceviche a winner

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Fresh salmon, lime juice and spices make up this easy ceviche dinner. It’s best to partially freeze the salmon for about 15 minutes before cutting it up for the ceviche. Also, rinse your knife in cold water between each cut of the salmon. These help you cut the salmon into neat cubes.

Be sure your salmon is fresh. Tell your fish server you ...Read more

Quick Fix: Cheese quiche easy to mix, bake

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You can have this homemade quiche ready in just 25 minutes, without fussing with pastry dough. Dr. Amy Ronner, law professor emeritus, created this vegetarian quiche looking for new recipes during the pandemic. It’s an easy mix-and-bake quiche. The secret to saving time and calories is to use breadcrumbs and chopped walnuts for the crust ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Spicy jerk pork pairs well with coconut-flavored rice

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Hot Jamaican jerk spices coat tender pork tenderloin slices for this easy dinner. Coconut-flavored rice and beans complete the meal.

Jerking is an old Jamaican method for preserving and cooking meat. It is thought to have been invented by the Arawak indigenous peoples of South America and the Caribbean. Today, the men who prepare the meat are ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Classic French stew an easy one-pot meal

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Here’s a quick and light version of a classic French stew, chicken fricassee. Here I’ve shortened the usual slow cooking time for the stew, but it captures the essence of the dish’s traditional flavor. Microwaveable brown rice, which takes only a minute to microwave, helps make this an easy, one-pot meal.

Shiitake mushrooms and a hint of ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Ginger salmon with steamed noodle stir fry

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Fresh ginger and tamari sauce flavor salmon fillets and Chinese noodles for this Asian dinner. The salmon takes 10 minutes to marinate. Start it first and prepare the remaining ingredients. Once this is done the meal takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Tamari is a Japanese form of soy sauce. It’s usually made with less wheat than soy sauce ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Cashew and vegetable pilaf

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This is an Indian-flavored vegetarian dinner and it’s a one-pot meal. A pilaf is typically a rice dish that is cooked for about 20 minutes in stock with spices, vegetables and meat. For this quick dinner, I’ve shortened the time and work using microwaveable brown rice.

Toasted cashews add extra crunch and flavor. The recipe calls for green ...Read more

 

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