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How To Grill the Best Corn on the Cob — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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It's summer, which means that not only is your grill hot, but corn is finally juicy and sweet. The two need to meet. While I'd like to tell you it's as simple as throwing the cobs on the hot grill and letting the two mingle, there is some work that must be done to get the corn and its husk ready for the grill.

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Bowl — The 6-Minute Lunch

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This three-ingredient lunch is so quick and satisfying that you just might find yourself making it again for dinner. Give a few big handfuls of zucchini noodles a quick sauté, dress them with a purchased garlicky basil pesto, top the whole mess with a crispy on the outside, runny on the inside fried egg, and dig in. It's a wholesome, veggie-packed meal that's got enough protein from the egg to keep you going until your next meal. Oh, and it takes no more than six minutes to make.

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How To Grill Even Better Asparagus — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Asparagus is a vegetable that is transformed by hot-and-fast cooking. It's why we love roasted and stir-fried asparagus, and why we fall in love each spring with grilled asparagus. Grilling makes asparagus tender while imparting a delightful char and smoky flavor — but to be honest, grilling asparagus can be tricky. Most asparagus is just wide enough to slip between the grill grates and fall into the fire.

Last summer, I learned the super-simple solution for grilling asparagus that makes them easier to flip and keeps them from falling into the grill: skewers. Threaded together, you can cook five to six skewers at once and transform fresh asparagus into a fast and fancy side with just olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Recipe: Layered Cobb Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Take this salad to a potluck and it will be the talk of the table. It has the familiarity of a classic Cobb salad, balancing the leafy greens and tomatoes with can't-miss ingredients like crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and a zippy red wine vinaigrette, along with a fun twist that keeps it feeling fresh. I like to consider it the trifle of the salad world. Like the dessert, you'll make this salad again and again because it's a crowd favorite that's easy to pull together.

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Recipe: Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I have to be honest — I never quite understood what all the fuss was about when it came to classic chopped salad. It doesn't excite me. This version, however, is in a league all its own with tender chunks of BBQ chicken, crisp fresh corn, crunchy cabbage, and a tangy ranch dressing that ties it all together. It's packed with flavor, makes enough to serve a crowd, and is definitely worth making a fuss about.

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Recipe: Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I have a radical idea that will shake things up, turns some heads, and wow tastebuds all around at your next cookout: Pass on the pasta salad in favor of this sesame noodle number. It's inspired by the noodle bowls I love for make-ahead lunches and easy dinners, but it goes bigger. Chewy rice noodles are right at home in this cold summer salad for a crowd, bolstered by fresh veggies, tender strips of chicken, and a creamy sesame-ginger dressing that clings to every last bite. It's quick and easy to pull together and totally satisfying without being too heavy.

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