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Recipe: French Onion Frittata — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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This is the frittata to keep on call when you need a breakfast recipe that's dressed to impress. It's a mash-up of frittata and French onion soup that is pure comfort food. The eggs are loaded with all the best parts of a really good bowl of French onion soup, from the rich, velvety caramelized onions, to the gooey, melted Gruyère, and even cubes of toasted bread studded throughout the eggs.

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Recipe: Herring Butter — Healthy Snack Recipes

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Seattle chef Renee Erickson is known for drop-dead gorgeous restaurants and carefully sourced produce, meats, and seafood. Between the oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter, her sardine toast at The Whale Wins, and the beef from her own farm at Bateau, she's also making her mark in the sustainability department, focusing on highlighting foods that aren't seen as often (think: tiny fish and less traditional cuts of beef).

Seattle, which sits at the center of the herring run that happens each spring up the West Coast of the United States, is the perfect place to take advantage of the small, oily fish. And more than any other Seattle chef, Renee takes advantage of them to delicious, habit-forming effect. We especially love the herring butter from her cookbook, A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus: Menus and Stories.

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How To Make Homemade Copycat Kind Bars — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Kind Bars are the snack bar that I always reach for when I really want a candy bar but don't want the resulting sugar crash. Full of nuts and seeds held together with a sweet-sticky glue of brown rice syrup, these bars are sweet, crunchy, a little salty, and sometimes gilded in chocolate. They are totally crave-worthy in their own right!

But Kind Bars are kind of budget-busting when I've got five dinners, seven breakfasts, and seven lunches to shop for my family of four. So I set to work making these snack bars at home. Yes, there are some specialty ingredients that are an up-front investment, but there's still a huge cost savings.

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Recipe: Ham and Cheddar Lunch Box Muffins — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

Take the major players from your favorite sandwich, turn them into a savory muffin, and suddenly your lunch routine is instantly more exciting. Inspired by the classic combo of ham and cheese, these hearty, savory muffins are mixed with a touch of cornmeal for some extra heft and texture, and loaded with thick-cut chunks of ham, sharp cheddar cheese, and a pinch of chives. Sounds good, right?

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How To Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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When we're having salmon for dinner, I have to remember to pull the frozen fillets from the freezer that morning and tuck them into the fridge to thaw peacefully. But life is hectic and more of my mornings are harried than those occasional thoughtful ones, and I find myself at 6 p.m. on Wednesday staring at rock-hard fillets and a hungry family to feed.

Luckily, it is perfectly safe to cook salmon from a frozen state and, let me assuage any worries right now, it can taste as delicious as properly thawed and cooked salmon too. I've found the secret is to use the power of a hot oven, a little foil, and a flavorful sauce to get you from frozen to dinner in less than 30 minutes.

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Recipe: The Best Pesto Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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Over the years I've perfected a version of homemade pesto chicken salad after ordering it countless times at any number of restaurants. It pairs fresh pesto with sun-dried tomatoes with shredded chicken — the ideal preparation for catching all the bits of herbs, cheese, and nuts that makes this recipe the best.

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