By Adam Bluestein
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Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to degrease the area afterward with liquid dishwashing soap and water.
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Serves 4 | Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 20m
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Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 8 ears)
- 1 cup half-and-half
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 2 pieces
- 2 teaspoons blackening or Cajun seasoning
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the corn, half-and-half, ½
- 1 pound dried pasta
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, washed
- kosher salt and pepper
- 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) grated Parmesan
- 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, torn
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- Meanwhile, place the garlic, pine nuts, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. While the machine is running, drizzle in 2/3 cup of the oil through the feed tube, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the