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Recipe: Seasonal Fruit Chaat — Ramadan Recipes from The Kitchn

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Fruit chaat, a spiced fruit salad, is a ubiquitous iftar fruit dish, present on pretty much every South Asian iftar table. You could argue that there really is no recipe for chaat and if there was, the variations would number in the hundreds if not thousands, as it changes with the seasons and according to each family's taste. Traditionally, in India and Pakistan, fruit chaat, a type of spiced fruit salad, is made with apples, oranges, bananas, and guava, if they are in season. But the vital part of what makes chaat is the chaat masala.

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How To Steam Asparagus in the Microwave — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Despite all the ways we love to prepare fresh spring asparagus, microwave steaming might be the very best. You've got to trust me here, because microwave steaming eliminates the need to boil water, takes just a few minutes, and makes perfectly tender asparagus spears without turning on the oven.

Let me alleviate any further doubts on this method by noting that I learned this asparagus steaming trick from Alton Brown — so now you've got to try it, right?

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Recipe: Lemon Pepper Oven-Baked Wings — Recipes from The Kitchn

Frying anything to order for a party is not something I particularly enjoy — in fact, it's a task I actively avoid. Even if I had one of those huge industrial fryers (which is actually one of my dream kitchen components), I still wouldn't want to do it, and I'm a professional cook! But wings are one of those classic game-day snacks that I really don't want to forego for a Super Bowl party. How to reconcile the warring factions of my brain and my stomach?

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Recipe: The World’s Easiest Cookies Just Happen to Be Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Let's get this out of the way upfront: I know calling a cookie recipe the "world's easiest" sounds a bit ridiculous, but I can explain. The name started out innocently enough — one day, I created an easy-to-make almond cookie recipe. I adored this recipe. In my excitement, I'd say to friends, "You have to try these almond cookies; they're, like, the world's easiest cookies." And well, the name stuck.

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How To Cook Green Beans — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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For perfectly cooked green beans that are flavorful, crisp, and tender, you have to employ a quick two-step technique. Here's how to do it.

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How To Make Sun Tea — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Sun tea conjures up the charming memories of my grandmother's tea pitcher on my grandparent's screened-in porch. As kids we drank it over ice on the front steps, swatting away mosquitoes. My mother used to brew an unsweetened version of it on our tiny apartment balconies when I was a teenager. And then iced tea seemed to disappear from my life entirely until I moved to the South and learned how a proper Southerner makes boiled iced tea for surviving sweltering Southern summers.

I've missed the charm of the tea pitcher brewing in the window and wondered, Where has all the sun tea gone? It turns out that many folks have been scared away from brewing sun tea because of the rumored risk of bacteria in the tea. Sun-brewed tea may be a thing of the past, but we can take the principles of sun tea and enjoy a delightfully slow-brewed cup of tea when it gets hot in the summer.

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