Garlic & Onions

Recipe: The Best Pesto Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Over the years I've perfected a version of homemade pesto chicken salad after ordering it countless times at any number of restaurants. It pairs fresh pesto with sun-dried tomatoes with shredded chicken — the ideal preparation for catching all the bits of herbs, cheese, and nuts that makes this recipe the best.

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How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.

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How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.

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

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

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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Recipe: Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stovetop Rice Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A big Dutch oven is the perfect vehicle to make a stovetop casserole that has everything you'd want in a weeknight dinner. The rice here is perfumed with garlic, ginger, and chicken broth, and then frozen (yes, frozen!) shrimp and broccoli go straight into the pot. Everything steams together and turns into a meal that has it all: starch, protein, and veggies. To top it off, a super-quick honey and garlic sauce comes together while the casserole is cooking, then it's drizzled over each serving to add a touch of sweetness and another punch of garlic. If your freezer is already stocked with broccoli and shrimp, you can even decide on this dinner on the drive home from work.

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How To Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Even as a self-proclaimed pickle-lover I can hardly find the time to either slowly ferment or make canned pickles. But you know what I can make quickly and efficiently? Refrigerator pickles — and they taste just as good as anything you'd can yourself. These pickles require only slicing vegetables, boiling a brine, and then cooling for 24 hours in the fridge. The result is cool, crisp pickles ready for your next afternoon snack.

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