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Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and Onions — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When I think of my travels in Germany, I think of beers, brats, and mustard, and it's still that satisfying trinity that I crave when the weather starts to cool down. Throwing everything into a slow cooker means I can come back to tender sausages that have been gently braising in beer, with a pile of sweet peppers and onions coated in grainy mustard right on top. Serve in buns if you like, but I like my sausage and peppers next to a mound of vinegar-based potato salad and some more mustard for dipping.

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Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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As a child of the 1980s, one night a week was reserved for Hamburger Helper — a quick sauté of ground beef, some noodles, and sauce and you've got dinner. Today, I don't need help from a box to get a quick skillet dinner on the table; I just need a basket of everyday ingredients and inspiration from an iconic sandwich.

Philly cheesesteaks mean thinly sliced beef and sautéed onions and bell peppers tucked into a hoagie roll and smothered with melted cheese. When I want the classic flavors of one of America's most famous sandwiches, I can mix a few choice ingredients into one skillet and call it dinner.

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How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry in Any Pan — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken and vegetable stir-fry should be a staple of every home cook's weekly meal plan — it's quick-cooking, flavorful, and can be better than takeout with just a few key ingredients and one brilliant step. If you've spent anytime at the stove trying to stir-fry without a wok and found that your chicken and vegetables sauté rather that stir-fry, then this recipe is for you.

With expert advice from Grace Young and a deep dive into the pure magic that is velveting chicken for stir-fry, this is literally everything you need to know to make a better weeknight stir-fry without a wok.

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Recipe: Cowboy Caviar — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cowboy caviar is seriously perfect potluck party food — especially in the South, where tailgating season begins before the air turns crisp. Where once tailgating literally meant lowering the tailgate of a friend's truck, opening a bag of chips and a can of beer, we now have tents, tables, and decor. Needless to say, the snacks have improved as well. Cowboy caviar is best made ahead; it's filling but not heavy, and can be served at room temperature without any sign of congealed cheese or questionably warm mayo.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Coming of age in the High Mall Era meant the food court was the first stop before buying a new halter top or catching Freddie Prinze Jr.'s latest flick. Despite being a mall regular, I always debated between choosing the oversized pizza slice or sticky-sweet chicken teriyaki. Chicken teriyaki always won. Today, I rarely make it into a mall, but on days when my energy is low and the need to feed my family is high, the urge for chicken teriyaki takeout is strong.

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The 2-Ingredient Cocktail Everyone in Lisbon Is Drinking — Travel Intelligence

I have always said (mostly to myself, but also to anyone who will listen) that Europeans are the best day-drinkers. They have always managed to strike the right balance of refreshing and relaxing that comes from a drink that is just boozy enough. Consider Italy's Aperol Spritz or Spain's Rebujito, a mix of sherry and lemon-lime soda, or the Kalimoxto, a combination of red wine and coke that's popular in Basque country.

My recent trip to Portugal confirmed my theory — and introduced me to a two-ingredient cocktail that will serve me well as summer turns to fall.

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