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Recipe: Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here's a simple yet satisfying salad to make for dinner tonight. If you've got a couple cans of white beans in your pantry, you're already halfway there. Drain the beans and toss in as many juicy, in-season cherry tomatoes as you can possibly fit in the bowl; add a few big handfuls of tangy, salty feta and plenty of chopped fresh parsley and oregano; and then dress the whole mess in a sharp, aromatic shallot vinaigrette. The result is a flavor-packed salad that feels hearty yet still light and fresh enough to fit the season.

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Salad Swag: DIY Southwestern Shrimp Salad Kit — Lunch Snack Packs

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If your regular salad order skews toward a bowl of greens tossed with shrimp and a medley of chili-spiced ingredients for punchy Southwestern flare, this is the DIY salad kit to keep in your lunch rotation. And we've got a couple smart grocery store shortcuts help it come together fast.

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How To Make Cheddar Cheese Crackers — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Cheese crackers, whether they are square or shaped like an animal, are highly snackable. They're tender and crisp, a little buttery, and bursting with cheese flavor. Replicating these snack staples can be disappointing, as my 5-year-old told me often during attempt after attempt to make her beloved "cheddar bunnies" at home.

It wasn't until I started adding cheddar cheese powder to a basic cheese cracker recipe and leaving the baked crackers in the oven to dry overnight, that I finally got my long-awaited thumbs-up of approval.

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Recipe: Summer Vegetable Gratin — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it seems like summer markets are being overrun by zucchini and tomatoes, it's time for a summer vegetable gratin. Layered with onions and garlic and topped with a mixture of buttery breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, this baked vegetable dish is the anecdote to one more zucchini salad. The vegetables bake into tender bubbly submission, melting them into a rich medley of summer freshness.

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How To Make Sweet-and-Savory Tomato Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Jam excels at preserving the tastes and smells of the season, but why should berries have all the fun? Adding tomato jam to your summer preserving bounty is just the thing to make you feel like a savvy cook and leave you with a taste of summer into fall.

Using the same principals of other small-batch jams, plum tomatoes are cooked with a little sugar and spice for a sweet and savory jam that will leave you wondering why you didn't start making it sooner.

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Recipe: Yogurt Pretzel Bark — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Yogurt-covered pretzels are one of my children's favorite snacks, and why wouldn't they be? They are sweet and salty with just a tiny bit of tanginess from the yogurt. I recently discovered yogurt powder as a new favorite pantry staple, and it inspired me to riff on the classic candy bark with yogurt and pretzels. Now we have a new go-to after-school snack that only takes 15 minutes and four ingredients to make.

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