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How To Make Pita Bread at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Whether we're talking falafel or deli ham, pockets of pita bread are one of my top choices for sandwiches. So portable! So neatly contained! So easy to eat! The pitas you make at home are worlds apart from the stuff you buy in stores, and watching them puff to glorious heights in your oven or on your stovetop is culinary magic at its best. Here's how we do it.

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30 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights — Recipes from The Kitchn

Chicken tends to be on a weekly rotation at the dinner table for a few reasons: It's easy, budget-friendly, and always pleases hungry eaters at the end of a long day. But because we turn to chicken so frequently, it's inevitable that it gets a little boring. No worries — here are 30 chicken recipes you may have never cooked before. They happen to be as simple and satisfying as your tried-and-true standbys, but are a fresh take on the weeknight-roster regular.

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Recipe: Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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If your lunch struggle involves coming up with veggie-friendly options that are filling, easy to make ahead, and a breeze to eat at your desk, this wrapped quesadilla stuffed with cumin-scented chickpeas, gooey melted cheddar, and scallions was made with you in mind.

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Recipe: Geraldine’s Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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For the most part, watching Instagram stories is always a good idea — especially since it brought the idea for summer's most amazing tomato sauce to life. Had I not been scrolling through my feed, I never would have seen this simple, must-make tomato and Brie sauce that managing editor Geraldine pulled together for a fast and fancy midweek dinner. It's the kind of no-cook sauce made with the ripest, juiciest summer tomatoes in mind. They're chopped and tossed together with torn sweet basil, a few glugs of good olive oil, and chunks of creamy, pungent Brie that melt into the sauce when hot pasta hits the bowl.

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Recipe: Mason Jar Tuna Niçoise — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

When it comes to weekday lunches, I lean towards options that are wholesome and can easily be made in advance (bonus points for big-batch cooking). But I also want something that feels a little special. Even if I only have 10 or 15 minutes for lunch, I want that time to feel like an escape from the rest of the day, and tucking into something slightly luxurious is exactly how to do it. A classic Nicoise salad, layered with tender fresh veggies, tuna, hard-boiled egg, briny olives, and an umami-packed vinaigrette does the job like no other. Pack it up in a Mason jar and you're ready to tote it to work.

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How To Make Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies — Make More Good

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Of all the iconic cookies — chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle — a really reliable, chewy peanut butter cookie has always eluded me. Some recipes bake up a tender, crisp cookie or a snappy cookie, and there are those recipes that call themselves chewy, but end up soft after storing.

My quest wasn't just for any peanut butter cookie, but a thick and soft peanut butter cookie that bent rather than broke when folded in two, all while delivering on the savory sweetness of the peanut butter itself. This cookie finally delivers that with an added bonus of being chock-full of peanuts and peanut butter chips, making it just the kind of cookie you want to eat with a glass of cold milk or a tumbler of Scotch.

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