Spices

Recipe: Hot Corn Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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As soon as those ears of sweet corn hit the market, take a night to enjoy them as they are, piping-hot with lots of butter. Then immediately move onto this warm and creamy corn casserole, because it is the most irresistible way to use up a few ears of sweet corn. It's cheesy and indulgent, although the mix of tender kernels of corn, veggies, fresh herbs, and a pop of heat keep it in check so it's not too heavy for summer.

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Recipe: Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

In the South, we love buttermilk for more than just biscuits and cornbread. In fact, it's one of our favorite ingredients for marinating meat — and it's not just fried chicken. Good grilled chicken can benefit from a dip in this tangy liquid. Because it has a fair amount of acidity and lots of body, the buttermilk coats the chicken in both fat and flavor and acts as a carrier for lots of garlic and a little paprika.

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Recipe: Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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When you start your day off with something sweet, like this breakfast bake, it's pretty much a guarantee that it's going to be a good one. This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries. The result is pure decadence for breakfast — something we all need every once in a while.

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Recipe: The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler — Easy Dessert Recipes

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I grew up close enough to Maine to know that summer wasn't summer unless there were heaps of blueberries involved. That meant not only spending at least a few Saturdays at U-pick farms, but also drives up the coast that involved stopping on the side of the road whenever we saw a glimmer of wild berries. Blueberry muffins, pies, and cobblers were soon to follow. I still can't go a summer without churning these three things out of my kitchen.

This is the cobbler I am making this year. It's the ultimate because it's exactly what a good blueberry cobbler should be: It's sweet and juicy, bound to stain your teeth a little, and just asking for the biggest scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's also got a tiny secret that makes it the "blueberriest" of blueberry cobblers — and it's not just adding more blueberries.

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Recipe: Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Of all the essential summertime desserts, I'd argue that a glossy-topped strawberry skillet cake deserves a spot at the top of your list. If not for its simple beauty and ability to wow a crowd — just look at that layer of sweet berries! — then for the tender, vanilla cornmeal cake and jammy, ginger-scented slices of strawberries.

It's a riff on our one-bowl vanilla cake, with inspiration from skillet cornbread and a nod to the sweetness of a classic upside-down cake.

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Recipe: Dahi Vadey — Ramadan Recipes from The Kitchn

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Dahi vadey, which literally translates to yogurt fritters, are fried chickpea-based fritters soaked in a savory yogurt base. The fritters are slightly tangy and a bit sour, thanks to the yogurt. They get their heat from the spices included in the batter and in the tadka, or tempering oil, that's poured over right before serving. This dish is a classic staple of any Hyderbadi Indian iftar spread, and a requirement on my own family's table.

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