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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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Recipe: Warm Fajita Steak Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I crave light and fresh dinners in my meal plan more than ever during the summer, which means I often transform some of my regular favorites into a salad. This version, inspired by my favorite fajitas, skips the tortillas and instead layers slices of juicy, cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It's finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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Recipe: Farçous (French Chard Fritters) — 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.

With crisp, dark-golden edges and a tender, savory, bright-green interior, these chard fritters are a perfect example of the French culinary ability to transform a few humble ingredients into something greater than the sum of their parts.

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Recipe: Chilled Lemon-Dill Cucumber Noodles — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When it's hot outside, twirl your fork around these thin, ultra-crisp cucumber noodles dressed with a tangy vinaigrette of lemon zest, olive oil, a little garlic, and dill. It's a versatile side dish or the base for a light lunch. My favorite is a bowl of these "noodles" topped with some smoked or seared salmon. It's a tasty combo that can't be beat when the temperatures start to climb.

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Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Now that the summer farmers market season is in full swing, I know I can count on a steady stream of ripe seasonal produce and fresh herbs to make a roster of salads that are anything but boring. Full of a robust assortment of the freshest veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with a bright, herby pesto, this no-lettuce summer salad comes together with a single trip to the farmers market.

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