Garlic & Onions

Recipe: Kung Pao Cauliflower — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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A staple of Chinese Sichuan cooking, kung pao chicken is a spicy stir-fry of diced chicken, vegetables, peanuts, and chiles. It's a delicious, satisfying dish to serve over rice. To make this weeknight- and vegetarian-friendly, we've swapped in a whole head of cauliflower for the chicken and employed a few easy-to-find condiments to form the sauce. The result is crisp-tender cauliflower, sweet bell peppers, and crunchy peanuts all tossed in a garlicky sauce. No need to order takeout anymore when the kung pao craving strikes!

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Recipe: Pressure Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Regional foods are the heart of American cuisine, but there's one problem with them: When you move, you crave them.

Take Italian beef sandwiches. As someone who grew up in New York, I'd never heard of this meaty sandwich until I moved to the Midwest. During day trips to Chicago, I'd see signs for Italian beef. Well, I am Italian. I like beef. Clearly this was a sandwich I needed to try.

The first bite won me over. Loaded with shaved roast beef, the sandwich was soaked in a flavorful au jus and topped with a spicy giardiniera. It wasn't just a sandwich — it was an event.

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Recipe: Cuban Grilled Cheese Sandwich — Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

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With its combination of tender roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard, a Cuban sandwich is pretty close to the ideal sandwich. It checks all the right boxes of salty, smoky, meaty, melty, and tangy.

But what if you were to take a classic Cubano and cross it with a grilled cheese? We thought it sounded like a good idea, too, when we spotted it on the menu at chef Richard Hales' Bird & Bone (the fact that it was served with waffle-cut fries didn't hurt either).

The biggest difference between your typical Cuban sandwich and Hales' riff is the choice of bread and the style of grilling; he also throws mayo into the mix and is particular about his ham. But before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let's back up a bit and take a look at what makes a Cuban sandwich.

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Recipe: Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you think boneless, skinless chicken breasts can never be succulent and moist, consider this the cooking method that will change your mind. The secret is feta. Yes, that salty, tangy cheese that you crumble over your salads can actually be transformed into a salty, tangy brine for your meat with the help of your trusty blender. What it does to the chicken is almost magical. It not only flavors the meat, but also gives it juiciness, so as it roasts in the oven it still remains full of flavor, never growing dry. Add tons of garlic (a whole head, in fact), and fresh rosemary to the equation and the result is a Greek-inspired chicken breast dinner you'll be cheering about.

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Recipe: Loaded Black Bean Nachos — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

Allow me to introduce you to the most satisfying way to eat a bag of chips for dinner: loaded black bean nachos. While this version is based on the beloved party snack — with salted tortilla chips, gooey melted cheese, salsa, and jalapeños in the mix — it's heartier and leans hard on wholesome toppings, like smashed black beans, tangy Greek yogurt, and guacamole, to make it meal-worthy.

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Recipe: Simplest Spiced Lamb Stew — Passover Recipes

This is the light, fragrant stew created with spring celebrations in mind. Unlike the rich beef stews you cozied up with in winter, this one opts for a subtly spiced, brothy base studded with ultra-tender chunks of lamb and vegetables. It's casual enough for a simple Sunday supper, although if you spoon it over a bowl of buttery couscous and top with a splash of fresh herbs, it becomes the centerpiece of a dinner party.

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