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Recipe: Ham and Cheddar Lunch Box Muffins — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

Take the major players from your favorite sandwich, turn them into a savory muffin, and suddenly your lunch routine is instantly more exciting. Inspired by the classic combo of ham and cheese, these hearty, savory muffins are mixed with a touch of cornmeal for some extra heft and texture, and loaded with thick-cut chunks of ham, sharp cheddar cheese, and a pinch of chives. Sounds good, right?

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Recipe: Easy Ranch Quick Bread — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I love quick breads because they usually don't require an electric mixer — a little elbow grease and a rubber spatula is enough to whip them up. But they're usually on the sweet side, with banana or pumpkin bread being the most common varieties. It turns out quick breads are also a great base for savory flavors, too. This one is seasoned with all the flavors of a fresh homemade ranch dressing and made with under-appreciated cottage cheese for the best overall texture.

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Recipe: Easy Ranch Quick Bread — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

I love quick breads because they usually don't require an electric mixer — a little elbow grease and a rubber spatula is enough to whip them up. But they're usually on the sweet side, with banana or pumpkin bread being the most common varieties. It turns out quick breads are also a great base for savory flavors, too. This one is seasoned with all the flavors of a fresh homemade ranch dressing and made with under-appreciated cottage cheese for the best overall texture.

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How To Make Easy No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Have you ever had summer fruit so sweet, so juicy, and so fragrant that the mere thought of boiling it away with sugar until jammy made you just plain sad? This summer, on a quest to preserve strawberries from a sunny afternoon of U-pick fun, I discovered no-cook freezer jam. The resulting jam is so vibrant and fresh-tasting, it's as if the ripe fruit never met heat and its succulent qualities were frozen in time by the freezer.

Regular jam-making and canning are old favorites of mine, but freezer jam is freedom from those times when the hours of boiling fruit and water baths are not only arduous, but also impractical. No-cook freezer jam is the answer for anyone who wants to make jam, but doesn't have the time, space, or patience required for traditional jam-making. The fact that it turns stunning fruit into an impeccable jam will make you fall in love with it.

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Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto — Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

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Tender cubes of roasted sweet potatoes are totally irresistible on their own, but I'm going to show you a way to make them better than you've ever imagined. Partner them with rich and velvety caramelized onions, candy-sweet roasted tomatoes, plus a thick swipe of herby pesto and you've got an all-star make-ahead lunch that will make your coworkers jealous.

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Here’s How Long Ice Cream Can Last In the Freezer (and How to Store It) — Freezer Intelligence

True story: I know a guy in Columbus, Ohio, who hangs on to pints of limited-edition flavors by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Not for days or weeks, but for months and longer. Because, as he's explained, sometimes you get a hankering for a scoop of Lapsang Souchong with Armagnac Prunes, a flavor that was discontinued years ago.

Even if you won't be curating a collection of artisanal ice creams from your favorite producers, you may still want to fill your freezer with a pint or two — and you'll want that ice cream to be tasting great and free of nasty little ice crystals.

Here's how to make sure that's the case.

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