Recipe: Easy Ranch Quick Bread — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I love quick breads because they usually don't require an electric mixer — a little elbow grease and a rubber spatula is enough to whip them up. But they're usually on the sweet side, with banana or pumpkin bread being the most common varieties. It turns out quick breads are also a great base for savory flavors, too. This one is seasoned with all the flavors of a fresh homemade ranch dressing and made with under-appreciated cottage cheese for the best overall texture.


How To Make Easy No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Have you ever had summer fruit so sweet, so juicy, and so fragrant that the mere thought of boiling it away with sugar until jammy made you just plain sad? This summer, on a quest to preserve strawberries from a sunny afternoon of U-pick fun, I discovered no-cook freezer jam. The resulting jam is so vibrant and fresh-tasting, it's as if the ripe fruit never met heat and its succulent qualities were frozen in time by the freezer.

Regular jam-making and canning are old favorites of mine, but freezer jam is freedom from those times when the hours of boiling fruit and water baths are not only arduous, but also impractical. No-cook freezer jam is the answer for anyone who wants to make jam, but doesn't have the time, space, or patience required for traditional jam-making. The fact that it turns stunning fruit into an impeccable jam will make you fall in love with it.


Recipe: The Easiest Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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Laying low on the carbs these days? Or just a lover of cream cheese? Then may I suggest these tangy, lacy cream cheese pancakes, inspired by the numerous "keto pancakes" floating around the internet? "Keto," short for ketogenic diet, is a very low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet. That low-carb bit leaves many of its followers seeking ways to recreate the foods they love and it turns out pancakes are high up on that list. While you won't find these to be fluffy, their buttery, tangy, lacy quality makes them a keeper.


Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto — Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

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Tender cubes of roasted sweet potatoes are totally irresistible on their own, but I'm going to show you a way to make them better than you've ever imagined. Partner them with rich and velvety caramelized onions, candy-sweet roasted tomatoes, plus a thick swipe of herby pesto and you've got an all-star make-ahead lunch that will make your coworkers jealous.


Recipe: Honey-Garlic Shrimp Stovetop Rice Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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A big Dutch oven is the perfect vehicle to make a stovetop casserole that has everything you'd want in a weeknight dinner. The rice here is perfumed with garlic, ginger, and chicken broth, and then frozen (yes, frozen!) shrimp and broccoli go straight into the pot. Everything steams together and turns into a meal that has it all: starch, protein, and veggies. To top it off, a super-quick honey and garlic sauce comes together while the casserole is cooking, then it's drizzled over each serving to add a touch of sweetness and another punch of garlic. If your freezer is already stocked with broccoli and shrimp, you can even decide on this dinner on the drive home from work.


Recipe: Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup — Jewels of June

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I suppose one could make the case that dressing a fruit salad is a bit like gilding the lily, especially when the fruit is at the height of season. To that argument I say, a little extra bling never hurt anybody!

In this fruit salad from Yossy Arefi, the bling comes in the form of sweet-tart lemon-vanilla bean syrup.


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