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  • Dinner Tonight: Herb-Crusted Pork Chops + Potato Salad with Arugula

    In tonight's dinner, fresh herbs and peppery arugula bring pork chops and potato salad together with a springtime feeling. The vinaigrette-based potato salad is full of flavor without all the mayonnaise, and makes enough for tomorrow's lunch. (It's sure to become your picnic go-to.) Herb-crusted pork chops are simple and classic, with plenty of fresh herbs and room to improvise. You'll be glad there are leftovers for this one too.

    The Menu

    Herb-Crusted Pork Chops by apartmentcooker


    1/2 cup flour
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 cup panko
    2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
    2 teaspoons sage, finely chopped
    2 teaspoons basil, finely chopped
    4 pork chops
    salt and pepper, as needed
    olive oil, as needed for pan-frying

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Prepare a breading station by placing the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls. Season the bread crumbs with the fresh herbs.
    3. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.

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  • 10 Things to Do with a Can of Tomatoes

    Many of us find our heart-racing, drool-inducing, oh-my-god-I-can't-wait-to-get-in-the-kitchen inspiration at the farmers' market. Or at the butcher shop. Or at the fish counter. We rarely turn to our pantries for inspiration, and instead save the pantry rummaging for nights when dinner feels like a burden.

    But with a can of tomatoes -- or a stack of them -- the pantry can be a place of exploration: an easy way to a burden-free dinner that's just as exciting as a meal following a trip to the market.

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  • Croissant French Toast

    Food52 co-founder and editor-in-chief Merrill Stubbs, revisits a former brunch staple that makes the perfect Mother's Day breakfast in bed: croissant french toast.

    Croissant French Toast

    - Merrill

    It occurred to me recently that I hadn't written about anything breakfast-y in a while. And for whatever reason, I was reminded of a former brunch staple I used to whip up regularly: croissant french toast.

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    Yes, it's rich. And for this I make no apologies. If you're typically a breakfast purist who enjoys nothing more than a bowl of fat-free yogurt sprinkled with toasted wheat germ, this may not be the dish for you -- then again, it just might be!

    The truth is, it's a special breakfast, not meant for every day (even for those of us who don't gravitate to yogurt and wheat germ), but for an occasion. You know, like having friends over on a Sunday morning, or dishing up a decadent breakfast in bed on Mother's Day.

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  • A Spirited Great Gatsby Gathering

    We're guessing you've noticed: Great Gatsby excitement is at an all-time high. With the movie premiering tomorrow, we're breaking out our most flapper-esque dresses, and turning up the jazz music. While the food of the 1920s may have left something to be desired, the bites below are definitely worthy of a West Egg gathering. Whatever you do, don't forget the gin -- and enjoy the fact that it's no longer Prohibition!

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  • Dinner Tonight: Lamb Burgers + Carrot Avocado Salad

    One of the most important features of any meal is the different textures it combines. This menu pairs tender roasted carrots, creamy avocados, delicate sprouts, and juicy lamb. Pure, clean flavors and a meal you can feel good about -- all achievable in well under an hour on a weeknight.

    The Menu

    Lamb Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt

    Serves 4-6

    2 pounds ground lamb
    1 cup whole milk yogurt (you kind of need the whole for the texture)
    Handful of fresh cilantro
    2 cloves garlic, pressed or very finely chopped

    1. Heavily season the ground lamb with salt and pepper.

    2. Mix yogurt, chopped cilantro, garlic and add salt to taste; set aside.

    3. Cook burgers on grill or under the broiler, flipping once.

    4. Serve burgers hot with yogurt sauce on the side.

    Save and print this recipe at Food52.

    Carrot Avocado Salad

    Get the recipe for Carrot Avocado Salad on Food52.

    The Grocery List

    Serves 4

    2 pounds ground lamb
    Whole milk yogurt
    1 bunch fresh cilantro
    2 pounds carrots

    1 orange
    1 lemon
    Thyme

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  • 10 Baking Projects for Mother's Day

    There are few ways better to show your love for your mom -- or, if you're a mom, your love for your kids -- than by spending a day in the kitchen with family. Here are 10 of our favorite weekend baking projects -- projects to get your hands dirty, to laugh about, to steal bites from when nobody's looking. There's nothing like savoring a day's work together.

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  • Waffles of Insane Greatness

    Every week on Food52, we're digging up Genius Recipes -- the ones that make us rethink cooking tropes, get us talking, and change the way we cook.


    In this week's installment, we ask kitchen scientists Shirley Corriher, Harold McGee, and Rose Levy Beranbaum to weigh in on why cornstarch makes the crispest waffle around.



    Waffles


    Waffles of Insane Greatness


    - Kristen Miglore, Senior Editor, Food52.com


    I'm not the type of person who normally plans my breakfast the night before. This is probably something I should aspire to in life.

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    Lucky for me, this week's genius recipe is the ideal I-just-woke-up-from-a-waffle-dream waffle, a morning-of alternative to the overnight yeasted kind (which is, admittedly, a whole other kind of genius).

    This waffle -- served up at a funky restaurant called Aretha Frankenstein's in Chattanooga, TN as "The Waffle of Insane Greatness" -- is perfectly, surprisingly delicate. The crust is thin and crisp as an eggshell,

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  • 40-Second Poached Scrambled Eggs

    Every week, Food52's Senior Editor, Kristen Miglore, unearths recipes that are nothing short of genius.

    Today: 40-second scrambled eggs, and the perfect Mother's Day bonding experience.

    poached scrambled eggs

    You may think there are a finite number -- say, 6 -- ways to take your eggs. Breakfast is a multiple choice test, and diner waitresses and short order cooks aren't about to allow a write-in (not to mention busy moms and dads).

    Sure, over time we've learned to improve upon the fundamentals, by frying eggs in olive oil or hard-cooking them judiciously rather than boiling their yolks out. But rarely has a new technique been rolled out, especially one that doesn't take 40 minutes. This one takes 40 seconds, give or take.

    eggs!

    It's all thanks to an off-duty chef who got bored, started tinkering, and reinvented breakfast -- with the quickest and fluffiest scrambled eggs imaginable.

    Adding to their mystique, they're also made without any fat at all, and there's no crusty pan

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  • 10 Edible Gifts for the Best-Ever Mother's Day

    Don't let Mother's Day sneak up on you this year! It's time to think of presents that go beyond a scented candle and a card. Forget balloons and last-minute, store-bought chocolates -- this Mother's Day, make Mom a gift that is guaranteed to impress. Just don't expect her to share.

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  • Dinner Tonight: Steak with Arugula + Mahogany Roasted Potatoes

    Steak and potatoes don't have it easy -- they're all too often associated with the bland and predictable. The combination, however, is a classic, and we think you should rediscover it for dinner tonight. Potatoes become their roasted, golden best with a spell in the oven. Meanwhile, steak gets a seasonal upgrade when paired with arugula and zesty lemon juice. You'll end up with a foolproof pairing that's just what your weeknight meal demands.

    The Menu

    Steak with Arugula, Lemon and Parmesan by Merrill

    Serves 2

    2 one-inch thick boneless New York strip steaks
    Salt and coarsely ground black pepper
    4 cups baby arugula, washed and dried
    1 lemon
    Olive oil
    Maldon sea salt
    Wedge of parmesan

    1. Bring the steaks to room temperature and season them on all sides with salt and pepper (don't be stingy with the salt!).

    2. Heat the oven to 375 degrees and set a heavy ovenproof skillet (I like to use cast iron) over high heat. When the pan is hot, add the steaks and brown well on both sides,

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