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Dinner Rush! Thin Spaghetti with Crab, Chile and Lemon Breadcrumbs

  So what if the calendar says summer vacation is over? No one gave the memo to those warm September nights that are perfect for the porch. Keep life simple for just a few more weeks with this surprisingly refined pasta dinner.

Dinner Rush! Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken

Gather ’round and silence your chuckles because today’s lesson is all about spatchcocking. And it’s going to add some serious A-game cred to your run-of-the-mill grilled chicken.

Dinner Rush! Mojo Turkey Burgers

If you’re anything like me, you’ll read about mojo sauce for the first time and immediately ask why your food is in need of a boost of “moe-joe.” Turns out my meal was perfectly shagadelic all on its own – it was my pronunciation that was all off.

Dinner Rush! Grilled Carne Asada Tostadas

The tostada is to Tex-Mex what the club sandwich is to a chrome-and-neon diner. This open-faced sandwich comes high-brow or low-brow however you want to have it, served up on a flat (or sometimes slightly concave) crisp tortilla. Enjoy one for a snack, two for a meal or three for those moments of absolute desperation. […]

Dinner Rush! Honey-Bourbon Chicken + Herbed Salt Potatoes

Summer state fairs are a big deal in my stomping grounds of New York and New England. Concerts, ring tosses, red wine slushies (yes, they’re a thing) and the state’s finest butter sculptures — they’ve got it all. The best part, though, is the fair food. Footlong hot dogs and funnel cakes are fine, but […]

Dinner Rush! Tomato-Cantaloupe Salad w/ Lemon Grilled Shrimp

Melons, melons, everywhere, so what do we do now? If you’re tired of eating them as simple wedges, try incorporating them in your savory dishes. When paired with fresh zucchini, corn or, in this instance, tomatoes, melons make an affordable and delicious side salad that’s perfect for lazy backyard barbecues. They’re adaptable, versatile and practically […]

Dinner Rush! Tagliatelle with Four-Herb Pesto

Here’s a simple bit of arithmetic: What do you get when you combine a day that is 110 percent full with zero time to make dinner and an average air temperature of 89 degrees plus 75 percent humidity? If we’re both doing our math correctly, near effortless pasta with a four-herb pesto sounds like a […]

Dinner Rush! B.E.A.T. (Bacon-Eggplant-Avocado-Tomato) Sandwiches

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the BLT had better feel mighty flattered. That timeless stacking of smoky bacon, tangy tomato and crisp lettuce is beloved the world over. It’s also the perfect canvas for our “remixed and reimagined”-crazed palates, so let’s give a warm welcome to the B.E.A.T.

Dinner Rush! Mustard-Thyme Pork Chops w/ Fennel, Cucumber + Nectarine Salad

Summer is the season of the salad. We’ve all had the classics — potato, macaroni, simple green — so shake things up with this amazingly easy shaved-vegetable variation. The secret to the texture and quickness is a trusty mandoline. An adept hand can certainly do it all equipped with a chef’s knife, but this is […]

Dinner Rush! Grilled Ratatouille w/ Tomato Vinaigrette

They always say we should eat more vegetables. And whether “they” are doctors, nutritionists or the infamous veggie marketing people from Portlandia (apparently celery is the new thing), making an all-vegetable dinner that’s both delicious and good for you isn’t too hard at this time of year.

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