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 pretty solid answer.
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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.
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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 a good time to conquer your fear of the mighty mandoline.
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That grill’s starting to get a workout, huh? You’re grilling chicken, you’re grilling steaks, you might even be grilling your salad*. Might as well throw a pizza on there, too.
When it comes to grilled pizza, there are two schools of thought.
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If you’ve spent any time on a New England beach during the summer season, you’ve likely heard of — or even been to — a “shore dinner.” Along the lines of clam bakes and oyster roasts, alfresco shore dinners are when a group of people get together on the beach, start a campfire and make a seafood-centric one-pot dinner under the summer sun. They’re blissful.
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Is 30 minutes too long to wait for a burger? Not if that burger is a patty melt. There’s a reason this beauty is a staple of diner menus from coast to coast. If a grilled cheese sandwich and a hamburger had a baby with French onion soup-like tendencies, this is what the kid would look like.
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The clean, fresh flavors of a Greek sandwich — lemon, tomato, cucumber, onion and spiced meat wrapped in flatbread — are so ubiquitous that they can feel somewhat cliched, but the authentic gyro experience is a thing of true beauty. In a perfect world, one would find an amazing Greek restaurant that cooks the meat on a vertical spit, basting the rotating roast in its own delicious juices. The cook would then carve off thin slices of the meat and roll them up in a warm pita with crispy vegetables and tangy tzatziki. It would be “sauce dripping down your chin” bliss.
Until you have that restaurant nearby, these not-quite-rotisserie-style spiced meatballs absolutely hit the spot.
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Cooking Channel has gone mash-up crazy in the best way possible. Caesar salad is commingling with pizza. Doughnuts are adorning icebox cakes. Would a rose by any other name taste as sweet as lasagna meatloaf? If you’re still looking to deviate from the norm, here’s one more for you to try: the BLT meets a gin and tonic.
For many of us, a hearty BLT and a refreshing G&T are already a match made in heaven. Crispy thick-cut bacon on mayo-slathered toasted bread deserves the stylish sophistication of such a timeless drink — it’s like edible shabby chic. Don’t fret, though, if you’re not into the whole “booze for dinner” thing. It’s fine to leave out the gin if you don’t care for it; this open-face knife and fork sandwich will still be a dinner-table rock star.
After you’ve given this a go, c’mon back to Cooking Channel for even more craveable comfort food mash-ups.
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Beef stews, roast chickens, tuna casseroles — it’s all good in moderation, but it can get to be too much. I’m not saying to swear it off; I’m saying to lighten up one night this week.
Sometimes just eating clean and light food can be the jump-start we need to get out of the slump of what feels like an otherwise endless winter (and an edible preview of spring ingredients to come). Don’t worry, we’re not going all caprese salad and sliced watermelon just yet. We’re just easing into things with healthy whole grains and legumes, boosted with flavors like tahini, soy and lemon, which are bright and fulfilling.
This meal is great served warm or at room temperature, and the leftovers are a sure-fire detour from an afternoon desk-side food coma.
Farro + Red Lentils with Tahini-Soy Dressing
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It’s pronounced “shar-see,” and, yes, it’ll change your life. Char siu is a popular Chinese version of barbecued meat, most typically pork nowadays. The tender cut of meat is slow-roasted with a sauce made of hoisin, five-spice powder, soy sauce and Shaoxing wine (a popular Chinese rice wine).
Many of us are familiar with char siu’s knockoff cousin, those boneless pork ribs you get from the Chinese restaurant. They’re a curiously vibrant red color, kind of sticky and taste vaguely meaty. I promise once you’ve tried this version, you’ll be hard-pressed to go back to that white paper carton. This sauce is sweet and savory with an awesome kick from the five-spice powder.
Go ahead, test the waters with this single recipe to make sure you like it. Once you’re hooked, make a double or triple batch of the sauce, then keep it on hand in the fridge for a quick weeknight flavor bomb for anything from cooked meats to simple roasted vegetables.
Continue Reading Dinner Rush! Char Siu BBQ Pork + Sesame-Roasted Broccoli