Vegetables

How To Grill Even Better Asparagus — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Asparagus is a vegetable that is transformed by hot-and-fast cooking. It's why we love roasted and stir-fried asparagus, and why we fall in love each spring with grilled asparagus. Grilling makes asparagus tender while imparting a delightful char and smoky flavor — but to be honest, grilling asparagus can be tricky. Most asparagus is just wide enough to slip between the grill grates and fall into the fire.

Last summer, I learned the super-simple solution for grilling asparagus that makes them easier to flip and keeps them from falling into the grill: skewers. Threaded together, you can cook five to six skewers at once and transform fresh asparagus into a fast and fancy side with just olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Brisket Sandwiches — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Imagine pillowy-soft Hawaiian rolls piled high with slices of tender beef brisket and sweet pineapple, all topped with a crunchy cabbage slaw. Are you hungry yet? These tasty little sandwiches can be yours for the eating as a weeknight dinner or for your next party or tailgate. All it takes is a piece of brisket, some pantry staples for a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce, and a long stint in a slow cooker. Eat these outside on the patio because these sandwiches get messy in the best possible way.

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Grilled Vegetables Are the Real Summer Heroes. Here Are 10 Ways to Serve Them. — Recipes from The Kitchn

I have a strong opinion about grilled vegetables. As much as I love meat and fish on the grill, it's vegetables that really transform when tossed on the grates. All that smoky, charred flavor turns just about any vegetable into something truly spectacular. What's more, it doesn't take a lot of time or effort to produce a dish that's hard to get enough of.

These 10 recipes are quick, easy choices for side dishes, but with such great flavor, they can easily be featured as a meatless main course.

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Recipe: Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I have to be honest — I never quite understood what all the fuss was about when it came to classic chopped salad. It doesn't excite me. This version, however, is in a league all its own with tender chunks of BBQ chicken, crisp fresh corn, crunchy cabbage, and a tangy ranch dressing that ties it all together. It's packed with flavor, makes enough to serve a crowd, and is definitely worth making a fuss about.

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5 Tasty Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi — Tips from The Kitchn

You've probably spotted knobby purple or green kohlrabi at the farmers market recently and wondered what the heck this odd-shaped thing with the weird name is! Well, it's a fantastically versatile vegetable with a taste and texture somewhere between cabbage and broccoli stems.

We think that it's time for kohlrabi to step up and take a more prominent place in our cooking, and here are our top five favorite ways to eat it.

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How To Make the Best Pasta Salad Without Mayo — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I have to admit an unpopular opinion: I am just not into mayonnaise-based summer salads. When it is hot out, I want to eat light and refreshing salads, not thick and creamy ones. So when I say this is the best pasta salad ever, it's with that opinion in mind. But a mayo-free pasta salad can still come with a degree of creaminess. In this case it's by way of an olive oil-rich vinaigrette and a sprinkling of flavorful soft cheese.

Start by choosing the right pasta for the job, making an oil-based dressing, and adding some personal flair with a number of optional add-ins. Learn how to make your new favorite pasta salad right here, right now.

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