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Squash Boring Dinners with Zucchini as Your Main Dish Tonight

When you head to the farmers market or the grocery store this summer, there are plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to choose from, but sometimes it’s easier to stick to tried-and-true produce for quick meals. One of the most abundant and popular veggies of the season is zucchini, which is at its peak and always manages to sneak its way into your basket.

If you’re bored of just roasting, grilling or sauteing, we have some great zucchini recipes that will make you want to gorge on gourds. Check out these six ideas for using squash as your main dish, from a breakfast-for-dinner frittata to meatless meatballs.

Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini

Play with your food when you hollow out little zucchini boats (and/or red peppers) and fill them with creamy risotto. You won’t miss the meat in this hearty dish.

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Remembering Jon Stewart’s 5 Best Food Rants on The Daily Show

No one knows how to scream and shout about food quite as well as Jon Stewart. In his 16 years hosting The Daily Show, he’s taken down everything from Arby’s sandwiches to Chicago deep-dish pizza in epic rants, and in honor of his final show on August 6, we’re reliving the best of them.

From a massive deli sandwich that is basically a “cow with a rye bread yarmulke” to a life-changing breakfast-sandwich hack, take a walk down memory lane with five of our favorites below.

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These Slow-Cooker Recipes Are the Closest Thing to a Robot Cooking for You

It’s 2015 and robots that cook for you still haven’t been invented yet*, so we have to settle for the next best thing: a handy-dandy slow cooker, which you can pretend is actually Rosie from The Jetsons.

A slow cooker can make fall-apart-tender meat for tacos or macaroni and cheese while you’re at work, and save you from turning on your oven until the world cools down. So get ready to do some easy prep, turn on that magical machine and come home to a delicious meal with six slow-cooker recipes perfect for the sweltering summer.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli

Pulled pork is a slow-cooker staple, but there’s another meat you should try going low and slow with: chicken. Kelsey Nixon’s easy recipe gives you everything you love about chicken wings — spicy sauce, blue cheese and a crunch from celery — all tucked into a sandwich.

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6 Fake-Out Takeout Recipes That Are Faster Than Delivery

When your closest relationship is with the food-delivery guy, it may be time to reevaluate your meal habits. Though there’s an undeniable appeal to delivery food, there are also the matters of cost and questionable ingredients.

To solve both of these problems, we’ve gathered six homemade renditions of your favorite delivery food, from sesame chicken to fully stuffed burritos. Your stomach and your wallet will thank you after you chow down on these dishes.

Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp

Haylie Duff adds bacon to the traditional Thai fried-rice dish for a punch of smoky flavor. Serving it in a pineapple is much better than presenting it in a white takeout container, too.

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Stick to Your Ribs with 5 Recipes for Any Summer Occasion

Admit it: You’re stuck in a food rut. After flipping burgers and grilling chicken for months, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and kick your ‘cue up a notch with sticky, meaty restaurant-quality ribs. They may seem intimidating, but the grill-averse can turn to the oven — or even a slow cooker! — and the results will be well worth the time and effort.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard bash or putting a homemade spin on Chinese takeout, these five rib-sticking picks are summer at its best. Pick your favorite below and get even more rib recipes here.

When You’re So Fancy, You Already Know: Balsamic Baby Back Ribs

Nadia G’s ribs get a classy spin with a balsamic barbecue sauce that is spiced up with a habanero chile and a shot of whiskey. Impress that special person in your life with truffled twice-baked potatoes on the side.

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Stay Cool with 6 Summery Spins on Comfort Food

Winter isn’t coming anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find cool comfort. Channel the hearty flavors of meatloaf and cheesy loaded baked potatoes into warm-weather versions, like kebabs and tailgate-ready potato salad.

Check out six summer-fied comfort food recipes below and transport yourself to cooler times. We’re halfway there — just two more months of heat waves to go.

Pecan Pie Parfait

Take a break from berry pies with this riff on the classic pecan pie. Store-bought pie crust becomes a crumble over vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and bourbon-pecan topping.

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Fryday, I’m in Love — A Guide to Deep-Frying Anything

Even though you can’t make your home into a carnival or big-top circus every day, it’s totally acceptable to transform your kitchen once in a while. The easiest way to do that is by deep-frying anything and everything, whether it’s traditional funnel cakes, other homemade versions of carnival food or delicious fried chicken.

Before you start dropping food into a hot tub of oil, prepare for the whole shebang with Carnival Eats‘ deep-fried food guide infographic. We’ve got your list of supplies, perfect batter recipes, frying and seasoning tips and more, plus find out what to do with all that oil once you’re done. Check it out below:

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Watch the My Grandmother’s Ravioli Premiere Online Now for the Best of NYC Cuisine

Better than ever, Mo Rocca is back for all-new adventures with grandparents on My Grandmother’s Ravioli. Season 4 kicked off with a trip to New York City’s Lower East Side with 90-something Ruth Taube, who taught Mo a thing or two about traditional Jewish cooking. Check out their takes on matzo ball soup and farfel, plus where to buy some of the best black-and-white cookies and pickles in NYC when you watch the premiere episode online.

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6 Thrilling Fillings for Ravioli ‘Round the World

Sometimes “all thriller, no filler” shouldn’t be your mantra in life, and that’s if and only if you’re talking about ravioli. You can’t go wrong with pasta stuffed with delicious cheese and other fillings, whether it’s the traditional ricotta and meat or a carb-on-carb explosion like pierogi.

In celebration of the return of My Grandmother’s Ravioli on July 29 at 8pm ET, we’re going ’round the world with six versions of “ravioli,” from the Italian classic to Japanese gyoza to apple dumplings for dessert. Get ready for your taste buds to jet to many flavorful destinations — all without leaving your kitchen.

The Classic Cheese Ravioli

The ultimate Italian comfort food is pillowy cheese ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and topped with homemade marinara sauce. You can’t beat this classic.

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The Steaks Are High This Summer, So Here’s How to Achieve Grilled-Meat Grateness

Whether the arsenal of recipes in your back pocket has five dishes or 50, one of them should be a perfectly cooked steak. We’re talking about a flavorful cut of beef with a crusty sear on the outside and a just-right temperature inside. So after grabbing some inspiration from the mouthwatering dishes on Steak Out with Kix Brooks, use these six tips to grill like the best steakhouses from the comfort of your home.

To remember all of these tips — ranging from super-aggressive seasoning to low-and-slow heat — consult our quick and easy infographic below:

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