Summer

Recipe: Chicken Divan Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken divan is the ultimate old-school medley of chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce. It originated in the early 20th century in a New York hotel restaurant, Divan Parisienne, and it hits all the right notes: hearty, creamy, and comforting. While the type of cheese used varies from recipe to recipe, what is not negotiable is the use of cream sherry, which adds a tiny bit of sweetness and richness to the cheese sauce.

There's no doubt that this dish is rich, but this lightened-up version skips sour cream and condensed cream soups in favor of some chicken broth and milk for the sauce. And if you start with leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this casserole can be yours even on a busy weeknight.

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Recipe: Curried Veggie Galette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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We should all be eating more pie for dinner. Why? Because it's hard to deny the pleasure of biting into a flaky, buttery pie crust after a long day. This freeform pie — or galette, if you want to call it by its proper name — is oh-so buttery. It's also packed with warm, curry roasted vegetables, so all that pie crust feels a bit more wholesome. A dollop of tangy yogurt on each slice provides even more balance. Serve with a simple green salad and it's a meatless meal you'll definitely want to slip into your dinner rotation.

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The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Summer — The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping

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It's a well-known fact that Trader Joe's has the best snacks, and with summer about to end, it's time to get your snack game on for one last outdoor lunch.

Here are the 10 best things you can pick up at Trader Joe's to eat outside while it's still warm. These snacks are totally portable, easy to munch on, and great for sharing. Did your favorite make the cut?

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Recipe: Cowboy Caviar — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cowboy caviar is seriously perfect potluck party food — especially in the South, where tailgating season begins before the air turns crisp. Where once tailgating literally meant lowering the tailgate of a friend's truck, opening a bag of chips and a can of beer, we now have tents, tables, and decor. Needless to say, the snacks have improved as well. Cowboy caviar is best made ahead; it's filling but not heavy, and can be served at room temperature without any sign of congealed cheese or questionably warm mayo.

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Recipe: Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir Fry — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Inspired by our basic method for chicken stir-fry, this is my go-to solution for turning a pack of chicken breasts into a wholesome weeknight dinner that's packed with flavor. Thin strips of chicken get a sharp sear from the wok before shacking up with a mess of tender veggies and a savory sauce accented by honey and garlic.

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How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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You could easily take a rack of ribs, drown them with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, set the slow cooker to low, and come back to tender, juicy slow-cooked ribs in five to six hours, but those ribs wouldn't hold a candle to the ribs that come off the smoker or a grill.

I make smoked or grilled barbecue ribs only once a year because they take almost a full 24 hours to prepare. But following a hunch that I could take some key steps from BBQ ribs and use them for ribs destined for the slow cooker, I found that these slow cooker ribs taste just as good in their own right as barbecued, and that I'd actually make them more than once a year and now you can too.

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