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  • "Where's the Beef?" 5 Meatless Meals

    Going meatless for some meals can help you watch your weight and stay on a budget. The best part about these vegetarian meals is that they're all ready in less than an hour!

    Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus GnocchiPhoto: Jennifer DavickPhoto: Jennifer Davick

    1 lb. fresh asparagus
    1 (16-oz.) package gnocchi
    1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    4 garlic cloves, pressed
    4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
    Grated Parmesan cheese

    Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces. Fill a 3-qt. saucepan three-fourths full with salted water. Bring to a boil; add asparagus and gnocchi, and cook 2 to 4 minutes or until tender. drain.

    Sauté onion in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until tender; add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in basil, salt, pepper, and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese; serve

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  • The Right Way to Pick and Eat Crab

    Ever been faced with a crab that needs pickin'? It may seem a bit daunting, but watch and learn just how easy it is! There will be no need to buy canned crabmeat again after you learn the right way to pick a crab.

    See more cooking tips and secrets straight from our Test Kitchen!

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  • Make the Most of the Farmers' Market!

    Being faced with so many fruits and veggies can sometimes be daunting. How do you know what to buy? What do you do with your fresh finds once you get home? And most importantly, what recipes will best showcase your finds? Find all the answers and more from these farmers' market shopping tips.

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  • Fall in Love with Perfectly Ripe Peaches

    Savor sweet, juicy peaches this summer with our best recipes to showcase one of our favorite seasonal fruits.

    Insalata con Peche
    Photo: Jim FrancoPhoto: Jim Franco

    1 (6-oz.) package spring greens mix
    2 (8-oz.) packages fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
    2 large fresh, ripe peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
    4 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
    1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    Salt and freshly ground pepper

    Place greens on 4 serving plates. Top with mozzarella, peaches, and prosciutto; sprinkle with thyme. Whisk oil into lemon juice in a slow stream until blended; whisk in salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over salads.

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    Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peach Pie

    Photo: Jim FrancoPhoto: Jim Franco

    1 1/3 cups cold butter
    4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 to 3/4 cup ice-cold water
    8 large fresh, firm, ripe peaches (about 4 lbs.)
    1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp. ground

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  • Southern Classics Made Easy

    Craving a little down-home comfort but without the hassle? These classic Southern recipes deliver the authentic Southern flavor of their labor-intensive counterparts with super short prep time.

    Shrimp and Grits
    Photo: Beth Dreiling HontzasPhoto: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    2 bacon slices
    1 pound unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    2 tsp. canola oil
    1/2 cup chopped green onions
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
    2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1/4 tsp. hot sauce
    Cheese Grits

    Cheese Grits
    Bring 1 (14-oz.) can low-sodium fat-free chicken broth, 1 cup fat-free milk, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 1/3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; gradually whisk in 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 3/4 cup (3 oz.) shredded 2% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, and 1/4

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  • Parlor-Perfect Ice Cream Treats

    Cool down and enjoy homemade ice cream desserts anytime with these easy and refreshing recipes.

    Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
    Photo: Jennifer DavickPhoto: Jennifer Davick

    2 pt. vanilla ice cream
    Vanilla Wafer Crust
    1 1/2 cups Homemade Lemon Curd
    16 vanilla wafers
    Meringue Topping

    Vanilla Wafer Crust
    2 1/2 cups coarsely crushed vanilla wafers
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 cup butter, melted

    Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together crushed vanilla wafers, powdered sugar, and melted butter; firmly press on bottom, up sides and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

    Homemade Lemon Curd
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup butter, coarsely chopped
    2 Tbsp. lemon zest
    1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
    4 large eggs, lightly beaten

    Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Whisk about one-fourth of

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  • Unbeatable Pimiento Cheese Recipe

    Pimiento cheese, barbecue, catfish, and grits-all examples of true Southern culinary icons. Yet despite their humble beginnings, the dixie-born gems have become popular across the country. Enter pimiento cheese.

    Photo: Beth Dreiling HontzasPhoto: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

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    What is Pimiento Cheese?
    To the uninitiated, it's little more than grated cheese, chopped pimiento peppers, and a little mayonnaise. However, to those fans who rank pimiento cheese right next to cold fried chicken and deviled eggs as essentials at any proper country picnic, it's much more. To devotees, pimiento cheese becomes a must-have-elevating an ordinary grilled cheese to something heavenly and dramatically raising the bar on cheeseburgers and omelets.

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    Basic Pimiento Cheese Recipe
    1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
    1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
    1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp. finely grated onion
    1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

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  • Wild for Blueberries! 5 Must-Try Recipes

    Take advantage of summer blueberries with our best recipes for muffins, desserts, drinks, salads, and more!

    Blueberry Salsa
    Photo: Beth dreiling HontzasPhoto: Beth dreiling Hontzas

    2 cups coarsely chopped fresh blueberries
    1 cup whole fresh blueberries
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
    1 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
    1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
    1/2 tsp. kosher salt

    Toss together coarsely chopped fresh blueberries, whole fresh blueberries, fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh cilantro, seeded and minced jalapeño peppers, diced red bell pepper, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 8 hours.

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    Lemon-Blueberry Cream Pie

    1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
    1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
    1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    1 (3.4-oz) package lemon instant pudding mix
    2 tsp. grated lemon rind
    1/2 cup fresh lemon

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  • Give Okra a Try! 5 Spins on a Farmers' Market Classic

    Okra is a signature Southern ingredient whether fried, pickled, or grilled. Savor this veggie with some of our favorite okra recipes.

    Classic Fried Okra
    Photo: Beth Dreiling HontzasPhoto: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    1 lb. fresh okra
    2 cups buttermilk
    1 cup self-rising cornmeal
    1 cup self-rising flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
    Vegetable oil
    1/4 cup bacon drippings

    Cut off and discard tip and stem ends from okra; cut okra into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Stir into buttermilk; cover and chill 45 minutes.

    Combine cornmeal and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Remove okra from buttermilk with a slotted spoon, and discard buttermilk. Dredge okra, in batches, in the cornmeal mixture.

    Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; add bacon drippings, and heat to 375°. Fry okra, in batches, 4 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.

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    Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
    Photo: Jennifer DavickPhoto: Jennifer Davick

    1/4 lb. spicy smoked sausage, diced
    1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
    1/2 cup

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  • Speedy Pork Chop Recipe

    You don't have to sacrifice taste for speed! These Tuscan Pork Chops are packed with flavor and take less than 20 minutes to make. Try this recipe for dinner tonight, or one of our 10 Quick-Fix Pork Chop Suppers.

    Find more cooking tips and recipes for easy weeknight meals.

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