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Recipe: Vegetarian Chopped Liver with Shallots — Quick and Easy Appetizers

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Chopped chicken liver (gehakte leber in Yiddish) was so iconic and central to the Eastern European Jewish diet that American Jews crafted a way to eat it with dairy as well as meat meals. The meatless version, known as either vegetarian chopped liver or mock chopped liver, rose to prominence in the scores of dairy restaurants that once slung blintzes, cheesecake, and borscht with sour cream on New York City's Lower East Side.

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How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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You could easily take a rack of ribs, drown them with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, set the slow cooker to low, and come back to tender, juicy slow-cooked ribs in five to six hours, but those ribs wouldn't hold a candle to the ribs that come off the smoker or a grill.

I make smoked or grilled barbecue ribs only once a year because they take almost a full 24 hours to prepare. But following a hunch that I could take some key steps from BBQ ribs and use them for ribs destined for the slow cooker, I found that these slow cooker ribs taste just as good in their own right as barbecued, and that I'd actually make them more than once a year and now you can too.

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How To Cook Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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There are as many variations on cooking chicken breast as there are cooks, and I'd say that is a very good thing, as it ensures we never grow tired of this dinner staple.

Pan-seared chicken breast, cooked in a little oil with salt and pepper and finished with a generous knob of butter, is the first way I learned to cook chicken and a technique I always go back to. The resulting chicken has a golden-crisp exterior with a still-juicy interior, and is just as welcome served with steamed vegetables as it is atop creamy Alfredo pasta.

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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A panade is one of those dishes that is way better than it has any right to be — or than it looks to be. It's an assembly of day-old bread, shredded cheese, and handy pantry ingredients (in this case, white beans, Swiss chard, and sausage) that gets doused with broth and baked until bubbly, like a savory bread pudding meets French onion soup. Not quite a soup and not quite a casserole, it's something more: the best of both worlds.

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A panade is one of those dishes that is way better than it has any right to be — or than it looks to be. It's an assembly of day-old bread, shredded cheese, and handy pantry ingredients (in this case, white beans, Swiss chard, and sausage) that gets doused with broth and baked until bubbly, like a savory bread pudding meets French onion soup. Not quite a soup and not quite a casserole, it's something more: the best of both worlds.

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How To Make 2-Ingredient Griddled Flatbreads — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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If you want a quick, fresh-off-the-griddle flatbread, it doesn't get much easier than this dough that uses just two ingredients. In just about 30 minutes from start to finish, you'll be tucking into tender flatbreads that can be eaten with dip, rolled up with your favorite fillings, or used to sop up something saucy that you're serving for dinner.

Oh, and guess what? There's no stand mixer or special equipment required. Here's how we do it.

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