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Recipe: Quick Cherry Jam — Recipes from The Kitchn

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In case you needed an excuse to bring home a big bundle of cherries from the farmers market, this simple summery jam is it. It's a sweet, deeply flavored spread, suitable for beginners and repeat jam-makers alike, that comes together on the stovetop with just three ingredients. It's bursting with cherry flavor and has a chunky, thick texture that's just right for spreading on toast. When you're pitting all those cherries, just remember this jam will be waiting at the end of the tunnel.

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How To Make Easy Creamy Peanut Sauce — Saucy Summer Recipes

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My first restaurant job was at a little lunch cafe famous for its giant cookies, towering hummus sandwiches, and cold peanut noodles. This husband-and-wife-run neighborhood joint was regularly filled with young professionals slurping cold, spicy soba noodles from plastic clamshell containers. While the owners were always generous with recipes — they gave me a notebook of their cookie recipes when I left that job to attend culinary school — they would not share the secrets to their peanut sauce.

I have spent many years, and many jars of peanut butter, trying to replicate that well-loved sauce. All those trials and errors have led me to this recipe. I can definitively say the recipe here is the easiest, creamiest, most versatile peanut sauce you can make from pantry staples. There are a few surprising things you learn during the search for a really good peanut sauce, all of which I'm sharing with you now!

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Maple-Mustard Onion Sauce — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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If you ask me, onions spend far too much time in a supporting role, so we're changing that with a simple sauce that packs big, bold flavor. It comes together with three basic ingredients (salt, pepper, and oil are freebies) to create a flavor-packed sauce that is just the right balance of smoky, sweet, and tangy.

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Recipe: Seaweed Butter — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

It's hard to improve on the classic combination of bread and butter. But when you add dried seaweed (yes, seaweed!) to the butter, it turns the simple ingredient into a salty umami bomb you'll want to munch on any time of day.

This recipe comes to us from Chef Ben Jackson over at Drifters Wife in Portland, Maine. The cozy wine bar, known for its natural wine selection, features an inventive menu of small plates that changes nightly. One dish in particular that caught our attention was their bread and butter. That's because it's not just any bread and butter — it's bread and butter 2.0, thanks to local sourdough and house-made dulse butter.

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Recipe: Cervelles des Canut (Herb-Flecked Cheese Spread) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Au revoir, Paris! Ann Mah takes us off the tourist path on a culinary tour of France's favorite regional foods.

This herb-flecked farmer's cheese is a classic recipe from Lyon, which is considered the gastronomic capital of France. Cervelle de canut translates literally to "silk-weaver's brains." There are many wild theories behind the name — some believe it indicated the low status of the silk workers, while others claim it's in reference to the labor revolts staged by the canuts in the mid-19th century. Whatever the case, it is true that the canuts frequently enjoyed this soft, savory cheese, spread on baguette or toasted bread.

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Recipe: Warm Fajita Steak Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I crave light and fresh dinners in my meal plan more than ever during the summer, which means I often transform some of my regular favorites into a salad. This version, inspired by my favorite fajitas, skips the tortillas and instead layers slices of juicy, cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It's finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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