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5 Ways to Make a 3-Ingredient Pitcher Cocktail — Recipes from The Kitchn

When it comes to summer get-togethers, a couple six-packs of beer or a few bottles of wine may seem like the fastest, easiest answer to your drinking dilemma. But here's another solution that works for even the most last-minute barbecue or pool party: a pitcher cocktail. It may seem complicated (and as a result, it looks fancy and impressive), but you can actually pull off a pitcher cocktail in the same amount of time — or less!

These five drinks require just three ingredients, some of which you probably already have on hand, so you can quickly stir one up before the first guest is knocking at your door.

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Recipe: Brown Butter Lobster Rolls — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

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For me, a trip to Maine is never complete without eating a lobster roll. I typically prefer the classic Maine style — big chunks of meat tossed with just a touch of mayo, piled into a squishy hot dog bun — but I'm always game to try a spin on the traditional roll.

That's where Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine, comes in. They toss the lobster meat in brown butter, which entirely changes the game. Eventide's lobster roll is extra rich, nutty, and by far the most indulgent you can find.

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Recipe: Galette des Brittany (Salted Butter Cookies) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Au revoir, Paris! Ann Mah takes us off the tourist path on a culinary tour of France's favorite regional foods.

Hailing from the region of Brittany, which is located on the far edge of northwestern France, these shortbread cookies may appear ordinary, but don't be fooled by their plain-Jane appearance. These Breton biscuits are special because they rely on cultured butter to flavor them ... and that's it. No vanilla, no citrus zest — just high-quality, salted butter.

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Recipe: Quick Cherry Jam — Recipes from The Kitchn

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In case you needed an excuse to bring home a big bundle of cherries from the farmers market, this simple summery jam is it. It's a sweet, deeply flavored spread, suitable for beginners and repeat jam-makers alike, that comes together on the stovetop with just three ingredients. It's bursting with cherry flavor and has a chunky, thick texture that's just right for spreading on toast. When you're pitting all those cherries, just remember this jam will be waiting at the end of the tunnel.

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How To Make Easy Creamy Peanut Sauce — Saucy Summer Recipes

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My first restaurant job was at a little lunch cafe famous for its giant cookies, towering hummus sandwiches, and cold peanut noodles. This husband-and-wife-run neighborhood joint was regularly filled with young professionals slurping cold, spicy soba noodles from plastic clamshell containers. While the owners were always generous with recipes — they gave me a notebook of their cookie recipes when I left that job to attend culinary school — they would not share the secrets to their peanut sauce.

I have spent many years, and many jars of peanut butter, trying to replicate that well-loved sauce. All those trials and errors have led me to this recipe. I can definitively say the recipe here is the easiest, creamiest, most versatile peanut sauce you can make from pantry staples. There are a few surprising things you learn during the search for a really good peanut sauce, all of which I'm sharing with you now!

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Maple-Mustard Onion Sauce — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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If you ask me, onions spend far too much time in a supporting role, so we're changing that with a simple sauce that packs big, bold flavor. It comes together with three basic ingredients (salt, pepper, and oil are freebies) to create a flavor-packed sauce that is just the right balance of smoky, sweet, and tangy.

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