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

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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: Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Sometimes cucumbers bore me to tears. No offense, cucumber, but your chill flavor can be a little underwhelming at times! It wasn't until I began spiralizing cucumber into long, elegant strands that my affection for this vegetable really began to change.

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Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Sometimes cucumbers bore me to tears. No offense, cucumber, but your chill flavor can be a little underwhelming at times! It wasn't until I began spiralizing cucumber into long, elegant strands that my affection for this vegetable really began to change.

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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.

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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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How To Make Easy Refrigerator Pickles — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Even as a self-proclaimed pickle-lover I can hardly find the time to either slowly ferment or make canned pickles. But you know what I can make quickly and efficiently? Refrigerator pickles — and they taste just as good as anything you'd can yourself. These pickles require only slicing vegetables, boiling a brine, and then cooling for 24 hours in the fridge. The result is cool, crisp pickles ready for your next afternoon snack.

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