4th of July

How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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You could easily take a rack of ribs, drown them with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, set the slow cooker to low, and come back to tender, juicy slow-cooked ribs in five to six hours, but those ribs wouldn't hold a candle to the ribs that come off the smoker or a grill.

I make smoked or grilled barbecue ribs only once a year because they take almost a full 24 hours to prepare. But following a hunch that I could take some key steps from BBQ ribs and use them for ribs destined for the slow cooker, I found that these slow cooker ribs taste just as good in their own right as barbecued, and that I'd actually make them more than once a year and now you can too.

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Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you're looking to take your regular pasta salad up a notch this summer, look no further than a diner classic for inspiration. Stuffed with just three ingredients and a swipe of mayo, BLTs are timeless favorite. This pasta salad takes everything you love about that irresistible sandwich and folds it into a summery side that's sure to be a hit at your next potluck.

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Recipe: Tangy Carrot Slaw — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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This carrot slaw is sweet and tangy, due to a slew of Dijon mustard in the dressing, and bright and fragrant, thanks to a heap of sliced scallions. It's a salad that hits all corners of your taste buds. It makes a light, flavorful lunch on its own but also begs to be paired with a simple roast chicken for dinner. Need a potluck side? This slaw is also begging to be just that, seeing as it's something that only gets better as it sits in the bowl.

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Recipe: Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup — Jewels of June

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I suppose one could make the case that dressing a fruit salad is a bit like gilding the lily, especially when the fruit is at the height of season. To that argument I say, a little extra bling never hurt anybody!

In this fruit salad from Yossy Arefi, the bling comes in the form of sweet-tart lemon-vanilla bean syrup.

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How To Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Even as a self-proclaimed pickle-lover I can hardly find the time to either slowly ferment or make canned pickles. But you know what I can make quickly and efficiently? Refrigerator pickles — and they taste just as good as anything you'd can yourself. These pickles require only slicing vegetables, boiling a brine, and then cooling for 24 hours in the fridge. The result is cool, crisp pickles ready for your next afternoon snack.

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Recipe: Turkey Avocado Burgers — Wine and Dine

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These turkey burgers look beef burgers straight in the face and make them quiver a bit. These are far from the wimpy, dry-as-sandpaper turkey burgers you've had before. Instead, they are juicy, spicy from chili powder and cayenne, and fragrant from cumin and chopped shallots. Topped with melted Monterey Jack and lime-scented avocado mash, this is how you make a turkey burger that people will actually want to eat.

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