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Dinner Rush! Ginger Pork Patties with Miso Mayo + Oven Fries

A beautiful thing happens when two culinary superpowers collide. When the savory bliss of miso goes head-to-head with the creamy indulgence of mayonnaise, magic happens. Magic, my friends, that merits repeat dips from some crispy oven fries.

While I can hardly lay claim to the invention of miso mayo, singing its high praises has become a 2014 passion. I hear too many people talk about how they don’t like mayonnaise (including the guinea pig dinner guests I fed this meal to), and it’s totally understandable. We’ve all had a bad moment with mayo: Goopy potato salads or the oft-feared blob that effectively submerges a deli sandwich can both tarnish the condiment’s reputation. And don’t even get me started on that boot-stuck-in-the-mud squishing sound of a picnic macaroni salad being stirred.

But even the darkest of nights one day see the dawn. Put down your torch and pitchfork — this is a new day for mayonnaise. Whisking in a generous spoonful of miso is transformative to a condiment that my Dutch in-laws manage to put on everything (trust me, I’ve had a lot of mayo since marrying into this family). It takes on a salty-sweet depth that will change your outlook on mayo forevermore.

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Dinner Rush! Rigatoni with Meat Sauce and Peas

There’s no sense in even trying to deny the allure of rigatoni. You love it, you know you love it and there’s no shame in admitting it. Those thick tubes of perfectly cooked pasta, harboring secret pockets of saucy delight. Don’t even try to wipe the drool off your keyboard. Resistance is futile.

Seriously, though, if you’re hankering for quick and easy weeknight comfort, this is the ticket. A lean blend of flavorful meats and just a touch of cream make for a sauce so delicious and silky it’ll leave that pantry can of vowel-shaped spaghetti shaking on its shelf. And don’t worry about all that healthy talk — there’s totally peas in here, so you’re getting your green for the day. Plus everyone deserves a little carb comfort now and again, right?

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Dinner Rush! Paprika Steaks with Maple-Worcestershire Shallots

Polar vortexes, bubbles freezing in mid-air, snow falling by the tens of inches – it’s all too much! Calm down, 2014! A year kicking off with such atmospheric tenacity certainly merits a bit of indulgence. Make it a steak night, why don’t ya?

Few pleasures in life quell the inner carnivore’s urges like a steakhouse dinner – thick slabs of flame-broiled beef accompanied by “creamed” this and “Frenched” that – if only it weren’t for those pesky New Year’s resolutions! Eat healthier; save time; spend less money; blah blah blah. Lucky for us all, we can have our steak and eat it too.

These paprika-dusted steaks get a punch-up from smoky, spicy paprika while staying nice and lean (and reasonably priced) thanks to common butcher cuts like flank, strip, skirt, hanger or London broil. And sure, caramelized onions are great, but this is Dinner Rush! – there’s not time! Naturally sweeter shallots cook down quickly and supercharge the deep flavors of caramelization thanks to Worcestershire and some trusty ‘ol maple syrup.

Now please, for the love of Pete, stay inside until spring. People are throwing boiling hot water into the air to watch it vaporize (and burning themselves in the process.) It’s madness out there.

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