Summertime on a Plate: 4 Recipes Featuring Garden-Fresh Veggies

No matter how you slice it, gardens around the country are in full swing. Tomatoes, zucchini, corn, green beans and peppers … there’s a good chance you have more produce than you know what to do with it. To help you find tasty ways to use your summer harvest, we’ve invited Chef Heather Terhune, best [...]

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Zucchini Pepper Casserole

ZUCCHINI PEPPER CASSEROLE YIELD: 8 servings PREP TIME: 25 minutes TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes Looking for a quick meal using lots of summer produce? Enjoy this creamy pasta that’s sure to please. 1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta 1 medium red pepper, cut into 1/4 -inch slices 1 medium yellow pepper, cut into 1/4 -inch slices [...]

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Bruschetta Casserole

BRUSCHETTA CASSEROLE YIELD: 6 to 8 servings PREP TIME: 20 minutes TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes A burst of fresh tomato flavor complements crisp baguette slices and a creamy cheese filling in this lasagna-inspired meatless casserole. Bruschetta Topping: 1 pint (2 cups) red, orange and yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons [...]

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Mango Jalapeno Salsa

MANGO JALAPENO SALSA YIELD: 1-1/4 cups PREP TIME: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes This fruity salsa adds color and a bit of zip to grilled chicken, pork and fish. Or set it out with a basket of tortilla chips for a summertime snack. 1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced 1 medium red pepper, [...]

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Quick Vegetable Couscous

QUICK VEGETABLE COUSCOUS YIELD: 1 serving PREP TIME: 5 minutes TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes It’s easy to eat your vegetables when they are quickly prepared in the microwave and then combined with a little couscous. It makes a nice light lunch or midday snack. 1/3 cup snow pea pods, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/3 cup [...]

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Summer Thyme Veggie Medley

SUMMER THYME VEGGIE MEDLEY YIELD: 6 servings PREP TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes Nothing says summer like a fresh mix of seasonal veggies. Put this mixture in the oven and forget about it while you prepare your entree on the grill. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon [...]

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Berry French Toast Casserole

BERRY FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE YIELD: 6 to 8 servings PREP TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 12 hours 45 minutes This is the perfect make-ahead breakfast for relaxing summer mornings. Wake up, remove from the refrigerator and bake. Enjoy the burst of fresh summer blueberries and raspberries. 5 cups French bread cubes (1/2 inch) 1 package [...]

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Chipotle Potato Salad

CHIPOTLE POTATO SALAD YIELD: 6 servings (1/2 cup each) PREP TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes Cooking the potatoes in the microwave means this zippy salad can be prepared in one dish and in no time. So it’s great for last-minute entertaining. 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup finely chopped red [...]

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Mexican Corn & Black Bean Salad

MEXICAN CORN & BLACK BEAN SALAD YIELD: 4 servings (1/2 cup each) PREP TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 4 hours 15 minutes Round out your Mexican meals with this fresh, colorful salad. Busy cooks will appreciate its make-ahead convenience. Dressing: 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or [...]

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Summer Bean & Pepper Salad

SUMMER BEAN & PEPPER SALAD YIELD: 6 servings (3/4 cup each) PREP TIME: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes A light feta dressing enhances the natural flavor of fresh-from-the-garden green and wax beans. This simple salad pairs well with a variety of grilled entrees. Feta Dressing: 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar [...]

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Summer Tomato Pie

SUMMER TOMATO PIE YIELD: 8 servings PREP TIME: 25 minutes TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes This pleasing pie showcases summer’s bounty of garden-fresh tomatoes. Serve it as a light meal or alongside grilled chicken as a side dish. 3 pounds fresh Roma tomatoes, about 12 tomatoes Salt Pastry for a single-crust pie (9-1/2 inches) [...]

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Microwave Dessert: 5-minute Nutella Mug Cake Recipe

Every home cook knows one-pot meals are a great way to prep dinner in advance to save time after work. But have you heard of super-quick one-mug meals? A growing trend among Pinterest users, mug recipes are quickly becoming the hottest thing since cupcakes and doughnuts. From omelets [...]

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Top Tomato Tips

Tomatoes are the darlings of the summer garden. Sweet, juicy and available in almost any color (except blue), they’re a top pick with those who like to cook—or just pick and eat! Bursting with good-for-you gifts like vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and lycopene, they’re a nutritional powerhouse, too.

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Raspberry Peach Hand Pies

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How to Cut and Cook With Fruit

Fruit has been sweet to us over the years--in treats like pies, muffins and pancakes. And who doesn't love sinking their fork into the first strawberry shortcake of summer? But have you flirted with fruit's savory side? Get ready for a few simple knife skills and a few adventurous recipe ideas that will change the way you chop and cook with fruit.

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Mama's Meatloaf in a Mug

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Quick and Easy Queso Dip

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Get the Scoop on Super-Fresh Homemade Salsa

Once you've had homemade salsa, store-bought will never measure up. Fresh salsa is so easy to make, and that invigorating taste is like scooping up a bit of summer. Use this simple recipe to make an irresistible salsa.

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The One Recipe You’ll Want to Freeze

You say too many? We say to make ’em...into sauce. Are your summer tomatoes taking over your kitchen? Can’t give enough away to the neighbors? Are you simply sliced ’n’ diced out? We’ve got a super supplementary solution to the bumper-crop dilemma. Make a batch or two of our quick and easy Freezer Tomato-Pesto Sauce.

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Make This Before Summer Ends!

So how can you get the most out of the last days of summer and its flavorful produce? Simply eat and cook with as many fresh, in-season choices as you can! Overwhelmed by your options? Start with our fantastic Italian-inspired dessert filled with fresh nectarines, strawberries and basil.

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Pie Chart: From Top to Bottom

No matter how you slice it, everybody loves a freshly made pie! “Seconds, please.” “Just a sliver!” “Oh, I really shouldn’t...” There are many perfectly acceptable replies that’ll get you a forkful of this all-around favorite (and “No, thanks” is never the right answer).

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Score Hot Eats for Tailgating

As the calendar flips to September, those last warm summer days give way to crisp, cool evenings. For many people, that chill in the air also means it’s time to do one important thing: Get ready for some football! Pigskin season is upon us, and whether you’re a die-hard or a fair-weather fan, it’s easy to get fired up for fall tailgating. Here are five tasty (and spicy!) foods for warming up you and your crew before those outdoor games.

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Think Outside the Brownie Box

From that first right-outta-the-oven bite to the last sticky crumbs, fudgy brownies are almost perfect as is. But we dare you to think outside the box! Believe it or not, with a few easy enhancements, you can actually up the ooey-gooey goodness.

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Better-for-You Fall Comfort Foods

Gooey grilled cheese, hearty shepherd’s pie, hot bubbling lasagna…sound like diet busters, right? Not with a few must-know tricks and substitutions for healthier cooking. Check out these three hot and delicious entrees that cater to your cool-weather cravings, and learn how to turn your guilty pleasures into meals you can feel good about.

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