Recipe: Slow Cooker Maple-Mustard Pulled Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Pulled pork is one of those magical meals that every self-respecting meat-eater should be able to prepare by heart. And when you say pulled pork to any Southerner, you'll hear descriptions of luscious pieces of tender meat rubbed with secret spice mixes and doused in sauces of spice and vinegar, tangy mustard, or sticky-sweet tomato and molasses.

Although those classic smoky flavors are satisfying, sometimes you need a new spin on an old classic. With a few shakes from your spice cabinet, some flavorful liquid, and a slow cooker, you can transform a huge hunk of meat into a satisfying meal for a crowd without spending hours over smoldering embers.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I grew up eating my grandmother's split pea soup, and it's one of the first things I learned to cook when I moved away from home. For this version, I omitted one harder-to-find ingredient so I can make it without a trip to a specialty store!


The Best Sandwich-Making Tips, According to the Internet — Food News

There are really very few things that are better than a well-made sandwich. It might not have taken a genius to come up with the idea of putting their meal between two pieces of bread, but whoever it was, I thank you. We all thank you. There's something so incredibly satisfying about biting into that glorious stack of layers and getting an even amount of bread, spread, cheese, lettuce, tomato, seasoning, and meat.

The only problem with sandwiches is that they are frequently poorly made. But we can't blame that sad disgrace on the sandwich — no, the blame rests solidly on the shoulders of the unfortunate soul who constructed it. It must have been for this very reason that a Reddit user asked one of the most important questions that has perhaps ever graced the unwieldy social news site: "What's the best advice you've ever received for making a sandwich better?"


Here’s How to Pack a Grilled Cheese Sandwich That’s Still Warm for Lunch — Tips from The Kitchn

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It should be noted that there is no better time to eat a grilled cheese sandwich than immediately when it comes straight off the stove, with the gooiest melted cheese and crackly, buttery bread. But that does not mean you can't make it in advance and pack it for lunch. You certainly can — it's just a matter of knowing the best way to wrap it up so it's still warm when you pull it out at lunchtime. Here's how to do it.


Got Fresh Tomatoes? Make This 6-Ingredient Soup ASAP. — Delicious Links

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Right about now you're probably swimming in fresh heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market. First you'll simply slice them up and enjoy them as is, of course, but after you've eaten your hundredth caprese salad, this soup will be here for you.


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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