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Mock risotto is quick and easy dish

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This mock "risotto" made with orzo rather than rice makes a quick Italian-inspired supper with very little effort. Risotto made with rice takes about 30 minutes to make and needs to be constantly stirred. Using the rice-shaped orzo pasta means you can let it cook on its own with just an occasional stir.

Serve the risotto with this Italian salad...Read more

Whiskey-glazed cod the perfect meal for St. Patrick's Day

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Cod, a popular Irish fish, is coated with an Irish whiskey sauce for a quick dinner that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or for any quick dinner. Fresh chives add flavor and green color to celebrate the day.

Broccoli and Potatoes complete the meal. Start the potatoes first and the entire meal can be made in 20 minutes.

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Rum, pineapple chicken dish a flavorful add to dreary winter

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Brighten up your winter with this chicken cooked with rum and pineapple. It's a recipe I found on a recent vacation to the Caribbean island of Martinique. The French/Creole cuisine there creates intriguing, flavorful dishes. Rum is part of their culture and they like to use old rum, but any rum will work for this quick dish.

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Curry powder spices up this chicken pot pie

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Roasted or other cooked chicken breast is used for this quick and easy Curried Chicken Pot Pie. Curry powder added to the sauce gives this pie an intriguing flavor. Using prepared ingredients from the supermarket, you can put this pie together in minutes and it's a one-pot meal.

A ready-to-bake pie crust makes this dish a breeze. This recipe ...Read more

These tasty enchiladas take only 5 minutes in the microwave

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Enjoy this Mexican-inspired turkey and refried bean enchiladas dish that takes 5 minutes to make using a microwave oven. It's topped with a spicy tomato sauce.

Esquites, or fried corn, is a typical Mexican side dish. Using diced onion and green peppers found in the produce department and frozen corn kernels, it takes only minutes to prepare.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

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Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. With thoughts of the start of the Chinese New Year, I mixed it with soy sauce, brown sugar and peanuts for this quick Chinese Garlic Steak.

Shortcut tip: To make the meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.

For the Asian Noodles, look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the ...Read more

Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

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Thai peanut sauce and coconut milk add an intriguing flavor to tilapia. For this recipe they are simmered together creating a flavorful sauce to gently coat the fish.

Peanut sauce is the base for many Thai dishes and is made from roasted peanuts, soy sauce and spices. There are several types in the supermarket. I choose a thick one when it is ...Read more

Chili con carne perfect for special dinner

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Chili con carne is as American as Football. Some like it hot, some like it mild, but almost everyone likes chili. Here's a recipe that's great for parties and great for a quick, easy dinner for two.

Serve the chili with bowls of sour cream chopped onion and cilantro. Chili freezes well. Double the recipe and freeze half for another quick dinner...Read more

Hearty chickpea, pasta soup warms up wintry nights

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Chickpeas and orzo make this a hearty soup and a meal in itself. It's an ancient Roman dish. Complete the meal with warm Cauliflower Salad, another Italian dish, which is from Campania, an area that includes Naples.

Leeks can have dirt inside. An easy way to clean leeks is to make long cuts from the base of the leek to the tip of the leaves ...Read more

Enjoy this Indian-flavored dish without long prep time

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Saag Gosht serves up flavors of India. An authentic one uses freshly ground spices and long cooking times. By using good quality cubes of lamb cut from the leg and ground spices, this dinner retains the essence of Indian food without the long preparation.

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Pork fried rice perfect for leftovers

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Fried rice needs to be crisp and flavorful. That's the key to this pork fried rice. Chinese restaurants use special equipment to get their woks very hot. For home cooking, add the ingredients and let them sit for one or two minutes before tossing. This allows the wok to return to a high heat after the cold food has been added.

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Swordfish dish has Spanish influences

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This is a quick dish, swordfish in a spicy sofrito sauce that captures the flavors of Spain. The combination of onion, tomato, garlic and oil is used in many cuisines. The Spanish call it sofrito, and it forms the base for many Spanish dishes. Here is a simple version that will go with fish, chicken or vegetables.

Serve it over a bed of ...Read more

Taco lettuce wraps make a healthy, light post-holiday meal

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Offset some of the rich holiday meals we've enjoyed with this quick, light, vegetarian meal. Using lettuce leaves instead of flour tortillas creates a fresh crisp wrap for these tacos. I've adapted this recipe from Richard Ingraham's "Eating Well to Win" cookbook. He is a private chef to NBA stars and talked about healthy eating at the Miami ...Read more


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