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How To Make Spanish Red Pepper Sauce: Romesco — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Romesco is the ultimate summer vegetable sauce. Made from stale bread (!) and burned vegetables (!) and transformed by the power of olive oil and a blender, to know this sauce is to love it. This Spanish sauce is silky like the best pesto — full of body and richness from ground nuts and a punch of flavor from garlic. But romesco has something pesto doesn't: a generous kick of heat from cayenne pepper and a vibrant orange hue.

Consider romesco your new-go-to kitchen condiment that pairs well with just about everything from grilled seafood and charred vegetables, to tortilla chips and toasted bread. Here is everything you need to know about making romesco sauce at home.

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How To Make Easy Creamy Peanut Sauce — Saucy Summer Recipes

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My first restaurant job was at a little lunch cafe famous for its giant cookies, towering hummus sandwiches, and cold peanut noodles. This husband-and-wife-run neighborhood joint was regularly filled with young professionals slurping cold, spicy soba noodles from plastic clamshell containers. While the owners were always generous with recipes — they gave me a notebook of their cookie recipes when I left that job to attend culinary school — they would not share the secrets to their peanut sauce.

I have spent many years, and many jars of peanut butter, trying to replicate that well-loved sauce. All those trials and errors have led me to this recipe. I can definitively say the recipe here is the easiest, creamiest, most versatile peanut sauce you can make from pantry staples. There are a few surprising things you learn during the search for a really good peanut sauce, all of which I'm sharing with you now!

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Recipe: Cervelles des Canut (Herb-Flecked Cheese Spread) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Au revoir, Paris! Ann Mah takes us off the tourist path on a culinary tour of France's favorite regional foods.

This herb-flecked farmer's cheese is a classic recipe from Lyon, which is considered the gastronomic capital of France. Cervelle de canut translates literally to "silk-weaver's brains." There are many wild theories behind the name — some believe it indicated the low status of the silk workers, while others claim it's in reference to the labor revolts staged by the canuts in the mid-19th century. Whatever the case, it is true that the canuts frequently enjoyed this soft, savory cheese, spread on baguette or toasted bread.

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Recipe: Chicken Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Come summer, there's really nothing I want more in my meal plan than simple, light dinners that come together with a very minimal amount of cooking and taste like they're bursting at the seams with freshness. I can't think of anything that fits the bill better than summer rolls. Packed with juicy seared chicken, ribbons of lightly pickled veggies, creamy avocado, and a layer of fresh herbs all rolled up in a chewy wrapper, these summer rolls call for more prep and assembly than actual cooking. They know how to hit the spot for a totally satisfying summer supper.

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Recipe: Fast and Fancy Pork and Beans — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Pork and beans, the popular companion to barbecued meat at summer cookouts, doesn't have to come straight out of a can — nor does it mean soaking dried beans and hours of slow cooking time. With your favorite cut of cured pork, smoky molasses, canned beans, and a secret ingredient, you can be eating creamy beans suspended in a smoky, velvety, sweet, and savory sauce with just 30 minutes of stovetop time. This recipe is fast but just a touch fancy — just the way we like it.

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Recipe: Summer Breakfast Salad — Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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If you're not one already, this salad is the one that will make you a breakfast salad believer. And it's easy to see why — it has a lot going for it. Fresh ingredients like spinach, plump blueberries, and creamy avocado make you feel like you're starting the day off on the right foot, while protein-rich eggs, bacon, and quinoa will keep you going until lunch. But what will make you fall hard is the warm bacon-apple cider vinaigrette. The temperature makes the whole salad comforting, and it works to mellow any bite in the greens and enhance the sweetness of the berries.

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