Recipes

Super Simple Chili

Pull this pot of chili together using mostly pantry ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes (or less) and you've got dinner! Flavors meld for a next day chili that's even better.

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Freekeh Chili

Freekeh is chewy and filling in this vegan chili soup. Satisfying to everyone on a cold winter evening.

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Pineapple and Shrimp Banh Mi

A Vietnamese-style sandwich

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Farro Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Chewy farro grains are delicious in this autumn-y salad. Recipe yields enough for dinner for 2 to 4 with some left for a couple of lunches. To do this, make the base with dressing, farro, and grilled veggies. Add fresh veggies to the base as you go.

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Baked Salmon with Fuji Apple Relish

This simple apple relish made with on-hand ingredients takes baked salmon to a whole new level.

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Southwest Millet Bake

This whole grain side dish is a unique addition to your Mexican meal.

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Edamame Dip

We could call it edamame hummus. Except hummus is another word for chickpeas, therefore hummus is a dip made with chickpeas. This is a hummus-like dip made with edamame which gives it a rustic texture—and an enticing green color.

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Stuffed Pumpkin

The carrots, shallots, and other vegetables in this recipe add a hearty flavor that compliments the sweetness of the pumpkin. You can even add jalapeño seeds for heat!

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Anaheim Chile and Black Bean Soup

If you're looking for a soup with a little bit of heat and a lot of flavor, this is the one for you.

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Spicy Moroccan Chickpea Soup

Spicy doesn’t mean hot in this delicious soup. Pantry ingredients and a few vegetables are all you need to put this recipe together.

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Tuna Tacos

Spice up your tacos with tuna today!

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White Bean Hummus

If you're a hummus addict, give this white bean version a try!

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Sautéed Green Beans with Nouc Cham

In this recipe Chef Kurt teaches you how to make nouc cham, a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce. Balance the amount of lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to suit your preference for sour, salty, and sweet. Serve over vegetables or as a condiment for dipping.

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Annie Grieg’s Holiday Crab Dip

“I’m a sucker for a super creamy dip at the holidays (and appetizers in general!) Crab makes me feel like it’s a special occasion, lol.”

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Classic Beef Stew

Chef John's Hearthy Beef Stew is a simple recipe to make wtih a lot of flavor.

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Shrimp Kinilaw

Chef Rob Trufant created this recipe to share as part of an international cooking demonstration. Enjoy this fresh recipe form the Philippines!

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Fire and Ice Melon Salad

A perfect dish for late summer. Contrast the coolness of sweet melons and the heat of chile peppers.

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Pan-Seared Walleye

Rather than the traditional deep fried walleye, Chef Kurt gives this fish a Mediterranean treatment. Pan-searing makes the fish delish. Add the sauce and crown with the sautéed vegetables for a truly memorable meal.

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Kohlrabi Pakora

Pakora are delicious little Indian fritters often eaten for snacking or as an appetizer. Make sure your spices are fresh for maximum flavor.

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Sofrito

What to do with an abundance of garden produce! This delicious sauce freezes well. Serve it by the spoonful to season vegetables or by the ladleful to top pasta. Add a sprinkle of cheese and you’ve got a meal!

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Grapes and Greens with Shallot Vinaigrette

This salad has everything. But, oh, the vinaigrette! It's sure to be a favorite you’ll return to time and time again.

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Red Wine-Poached Pears

When it comes to fruit desserts, there’s none better than this meltingly soft pear infused with red wine and served with pear-wine syrup. Served warm or chilled, love’s in every bite!

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Baba Ghanoush

This traditional Middle Eastern eggplant spread or dip is typically served cold or at room temperature with pita bread or thin slices of crusty French bread. Fabulous! as a sandwich spread.

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Baked Stuffed Apples

A savory twist on traditional baked apples

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Shiitake Mushroom Consommé

Umami ingredients abound in this tasty soup!

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Roasted Beet and Maytag Bleu Cheese Salad

This recipe features both golden and red beets—the colors of autumn on your plate. Bleu cheese adds creamy goodness to the earthy flavor of the beets. A flavor combination worth repeating!

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Thai Braised Yardlong Beans

Long beans are very important in Thai cuisine. This is a seriously delicious, traditional dish

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Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is the perfect combination of flavors and freshness. Late summer, when tomatoes are at their peak and the basil is abundant, is the best time to layer a Caprese. Or simply toss it for a less traditional presentation of this gorgeous salad.

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Get every bit of goodness from your Thanksgiving turkey. Begin this recipe by making stock from the turkey carcass. Pull out your crock pot for this step and you’ll have delicious stock in just a few hours.

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Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is so easy to serve as a family breakfast. Double the recipe for a large group. Also great to make ahead for a quick weekday reheat-in-the-microwave breakfast. One of the all-time-favorites in Recipe for Health history.

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Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts lovers and naysayers alike should make this recipe. Caramelized Brussels sprouts are deliciously sweet. Add this simple combination of maple syrup and sambal oelek and your sprouts will go over the top!

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Onion Soup

Onions, the simplest of pantry staples, mingle with butter, broth, and herbs to become luxuriously smooth and delicious. Add "homemade" croutons and a blend of cheeses to make a complete and satisfying meal.

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Cranberry Glaze

This deliciously sweet glaze pairs perfectly with any meat, poultry, or wild game.

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Almond Butter

A delicious alternative to the classic peanut butter. So easy to make! The food processor takes dry almonds to creamy deliciousness in just a few minutes.

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Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwich

A vegan pulled "pork" sandwich!

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Pecan and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Roasting amps up the flavor in everything including pecans. Chef Kurt's attention to detail takes a traditional chocolate chip cookie to another level of yum!

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Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

It’s not often we feature an ingredient that’s usually washed down the drain! Aquafaba is a rapidly rising star for its uncanny ability to mimic egg whites. Chef’s version of chocolate mousse is creamy smooth without a hint of beaniness.

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Triple-Pomegranate Chicken

Pops of cheery red add color and flavor to the ever-popular chicken--perfect for the holidays.

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Baked Salmon with Roasted Corn, Bean and Squash Relish

Simple baked salmon made pretty with a medley of fall vegetables

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Stuffed Red Peppers

Smoky flavor of melted Gouda cheese pairs nicely with sweetness of red bell peppers in this main or side dish

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Fruit and Nut Rice Pilaf

This recipe takes ordinary brown rice to a whole new level.

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Hoppin’ John

I’ve got a feeling you’re going to love Chef Kurt’s twist on this traditional dish.

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Flourless Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes

Everyone looks forward to this decadent, gluten-free dessert!

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Yogurt Brûlée

Make this with homemade or store-bought Greek-style yogurt. Either way, it’s a simple, creamy, and delicious dessert.

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BBQ Glazed Salmon

This saucy glaze adds a sweet element to salmon--makes a perfect addition to rich-tasting fish.

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Grapefruit Brûlée

A little heat caramelizes the sugar--grapefruit's never been so good!

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Grilled Polenta

Cornmeal is truly the all-American grain.

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Roasted Pork Loin with Peach and Cranberry Relish

Colorful relish tops herb roasted pork bringing a pop of color and flavor to the plate. Seasonally, substitute ripe fresh mango for the peaches.

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Lentil Meatballs

These “meatballs” have just the right amount of spice. Treat these like traditional meatballs...serve with marinara sauce or pesto on a bed of pasta or make a meatball sub. Or change things up by making the mix into patties for delicious veggie burgers.

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Spinach and Artichoke Israeli Couscous

Coming from a humble beginning, Israeli couscous has been discovered by the culinary world. Consider it a trendy and upscale addition to any menu.

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Taro Frittelle

Taro is the potato of the humid tropics. Like the Irish potato we know and love, taro is a tuber, a staple starchy vegetable, and a key ingredient in many traditional dishes.

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Dried Cherry Granola Bars

The perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack! These store in the fridge for a week or two.

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Walnut Spinach Pesto

Walnuts bring pesto-making into the sphere of affordability. Using spinach instead of basil is less aromatic but stays greener, and green is great!

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Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

Peanut butter’s reach is well beyond the sandwich. The flavor of peanut pairs well with anything sweet. Classic savory sauces like this one from Chef Kurt become nutty and smooth with this one special ingredient.

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Kale and Lentil Stew

A hearty, vegetarian stew!

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Olive Oil Poached Chicken

Tender poached chicken with an olive oil sauce.

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Sorghum Banh Xéo Crepes

Banh Xéo is a crispy hot Vietnamese crepe. Xéo is the sizzling sound the batter makes as it cooks in the hot skillet. Traditionally, the fillings are cooked in the batter, the crispy crepe folded and served without utensils to be eaten out-of-hand.

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Braised Chicken Breast with Leeks and Olives

Switch up your chicken routine with this braised chicken recipe. The leeks become melt-in-your-mouth tender and the olives give a pop of flavor.

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Lamb Burger

If you're looking for a great burger recipe, you've found it! This juicy lamb burger can be paired with a delightful mint yogurt sauce on top.

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Trout Almondine

Classic preparation of rainbow trout with an elegant twist: a quick and easy pan sauce!

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Southwest Goddess Dressing

Dressing made with creamy avocado and garlic - best on Bibb, iceburg and romaine lettuce.

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Napoleon Salad

Classic Italian-American salad with fresh creamy basil dressing features a stacked caprese. Wrap the greens with a ribbon of cucumber for an over-the-top presentation.

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Fennel Stuffed Salmon

Fennel's mild anise flavor and natural sweetness pairs beautifully with salmon. If you've never prepared fennel before, be sure to read the "Learn More About..." section.

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Crisp

Combine tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries, add a streusel topping, and bake until bubbly. Dessert doesn’t get easier—or more classic—than this. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You’re sure to get rave reviews!

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Go Green Hummus

A sweet alternative to chickpea hummus!

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Salsa Verde

This salsa is packed with flavor! It's perfect for the cilantro enthusiast with its citrusy, fresh flavor.

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Asparagus and Walnut Salad

The perfect salad for every meal! Asparagus is always best when fresh. Make sure to incorporate this salad into your meals during the spring and summer months. It's deliciously prepared with notes of lemon, honey and thyme.

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Thai Plum Noodle Salad

Fresh plum seems to be a surprise ingredient in an Asian-inspired noodle salad. But the two have met before! Plum sauce, also known as duck sauce, is commonly found in noodle bowls and stir fries.

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Making cheese at home is magical and delicious. A fresh cheese such as ricotta is a good place to start.

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Perch with Mango Salsa

Perfectly seasoned perch!

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Pan Seared Cod

Spice up your cod for dinner tonight!

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Grilled Belgian Endive Salad

If you haven't tried endive yet, this recipe is sure to make you love it. It's packed with flavor when heated!

Kitchen Skills

Our Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza dough is imperative for great pizza. Thick, thin, chewy or crispy, this dough recipe will satisfy those cravings.

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Oven Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Shallots and olive oil bring out the delicious flavor of fresh sugar snap peas!

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

A simple recipe with big flavor!

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Pickled Peaches

Pickling is a technique used to preserve all kinds of foods. The acid from the vinegar allows the peaches to keep for an extended time in the fridge while the texture of the fruit remains fresh.

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Tart Cherry Gastrique

A sweet and sour pan sauce--pairs well with roasted vegetables, strong cheeses, and roasted meats.

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Peach and Blackberry Dessert Pizza

Wait 'til your peaches are perfectly ripe. Then go ahead--make a pizza for dessert!

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Maque Choux

This humble southern dish elevates fresh corn with traditional Cajun flavors. Often served as a side dish, Maque Choux (pronounced mock shoe) is terrific as an easy weeknight meal when served over rice.

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Patatas Bravas

Crispy potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and garlicky mayonnaise, patatas bravas is a hot tapas item served throughout Spain.

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Sweet Pickles

Have an abundance of fresh cucumbers? No problem. Pickle them!

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Beef Pasties

This pastie recipe is perfect for the Michigan native. The combination of onions, potatoes, carrots and rutabaga in a pocket of pie crust is bound to warm you up in the colder months.

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Baked Herb Spaghetti Squash

Who doesn't love the surprise?! Open up a spaghetti squash, scrape with a fork, and spaghetti-like strands magically appear!

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The love for sweet potatoes keeps growing! This recipe is sure to please during the holidays!

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Blueberry Quesadillas

Why limit quesadillas to dinnertime? Enjoy them for breakfast packed with blueberries and cheese.

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Cream of Fresh Broccoli Soup

A cup of this easy soup made with fresh broccoli and a dash of nutmeg makes a simple supper when served along side a grilled cheese sandwich. What's not to love?

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Veggie Lo Mein

Make lo mein in your own kitchen with some basic pantry items and a few fresh veggies. Why order takeout?

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Margherita Pizza

Fresh tomatoes and fresh basil on a pizza? Yum.

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Cauliflower Steak

"Butcher" your cauliflower and grill up some steaks! Amp up the flavor with this spice combo.

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Apple Ginger Whitefish with Apple Mango Salsa

Apple and ginger pair perfectly together. Sweetness with a little zing. Apple makes another appearance in the fruit salsa that's over the top!

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Celery and Asparagus Salad

A wonderfully refreshing summer salad!

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Peach Blueberry Cobbler

More than just a 'peachy keen' cobbler!

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Watermelon Salad with Mint-lime Dressing

The flavors of summer pop in this spinach salad--juicy watermelon and fresh mint-lime vinaigrette!

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Blackberry and Peach Dessert Pizza

A sweet, cheesy, delicious dessert!

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Braised Bok Choy

Bok choy with an Asian twist!

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Dark Cherry Clafouti

A great reason to go cherry picking!

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Dried Apricots and Fig Sauce

A scrumptious summer sauce! Perfect for pork, chicken or turkey!

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Basil Pesto Quinoa

Switch up your routine! Instead of basil pesto pasta, try this basil pesto quinoa!

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Marinated Vegetable Stir Fry

The perfect combination of vegetable salad and stir fry.

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Salmon Niçoise Salad

Summer's freshest produce come together in this satisfying main dish salad.

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

Fresh strawberries top this spinach salad while frozen strawberries enhance the dressing.

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Roasted Fresh Asparagus

There's nothing like fresh summer asparagus! Roasting brings out the sweetness.

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Bean, Corn, & Squash Stew

A perfect pairing with rice, couscous, tortillas, corn bread, or biscuits!

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Chive Compound Butter

This simple compound butter makes a special addition to rolls and baked potatoes. Substitute any herb for the chives, strong herbs in lesser amounts.

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Citrus Spinach Salad

The rest of the Pistachio Crusted Whitefish recipe by Chef Rajeev. It's also delicious on it's own. This vinaigrette recipe is worth memorizing!

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Pistachio-Crusted Whitefish

Whitefish baked with a crumb-nut topping— simply delicious! Serve on a bed of spinach drizzled with citrus vinaigrette for a touch of elegance.

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Braised Radishes

Cooking transforms radishes into a surprisingly mild and sweet vegetable.

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Michigan Rhubarb Cherry Chutney Sauce

The perfect sauce for pork, chicken and duck!

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Cajun Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Add some heat to this classic seafood dish

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Steel Cut Oatmeal with Pure Maple Syrup

Add the delicious flavors of syrup to your oatmeal this morning!

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Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Vegetable Couscous

Mushrooms get better with age, but don't let that stop you from using them for this recipe. Pair your mushrooms with the vegetable couscous and drizzle the marinade on top!

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Apple Cabbage Salad

To get the most nutrition, use your cabbage for this recipe as soon as you cut it.

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Pompadour Salad

Sweet, spring salad!

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Orange Ginger Chutney

Wonderful with roasted pork and chicken!

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Sausage Ziti and Cannellini Beans

A hearty entrée packed with flavor!

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Siu Mai Dumplings (Potstickers)

Little dumplings are versatile and delicious! The dumplings pictured here are ready to be cooked by either steaming, boiling, or frying.

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Lemon Posset

Posset is an English dessert served chilled. Its texture is akin to mousse but the ingredient list is short and sweet—nothing more than sugar, cream, and lemon. The result of careful cooking, waiting, and straining is a light dessert with big flavor.

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Penne Pasta Provencal

If you haven't tried cooking with eggplant yet, this is a great recipe to test it out!

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Shiitake Mushroom Barley Risotto

This risotto is absolutely delicious with its shiitake mushroom flavor!

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Add these stuffed dates to your holiday appetizer display. Then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Hearty Lentil Soup

A hearty winter soup for a cold winter day!

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Turnip Slaw

With green onion and cilantro, this slaw is packed with flavor!

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Latin Red Beans and Rice

Hearty, filling and full of flavor!

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Sauteed Swiss Chard

A simple sauté highlights the sweetness and tender texture of Swiss chard. Lemon juice adds a nice zing!

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Parsnip And Pear Puree

Instead of mashed potatoes, try parsnip and pear puree!

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Giant White Beans with Greens

A show-stopper in the bean category, giant white beans are surprisingly smooth and creamy in this warm salad.

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Greek Yogurt Pan Sauce

Fantastic on chicken, pork or turkey scallopini!

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Char-grilled Tofu Romesco

A classic Spanish sauce for a flavorful tofu meal.

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Chicken Bruschetta

A great comfort food recipe!

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Vegetable and Black Bean Burrito

The combination of vegetables, herbs, and spices will have you adding this burrito to your favorites list.

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

You can buy caramel corn in the store. But like most things, it's better when homemade. Cheaper, too!

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Sweet Corn Soup with Poblano Peppers

Save some fresh corn for this sweet summer soup! The fresher, the better.

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Za'atar Roasted Vegetable Farro Bowl

Za’atar enhances Chef’s recipe 3 times: 1) toasted with the vegetables to bring out its deep notes 2) added as the herbal ingredient in the finishing vinaigrette 3) a light dusting right before serving to preserve its lighter, more delicate flavors.

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Our Favorite Pizza Sauce

The perfect pizza sauce can compliment the toppings or add a zing and freshness to an already tasty pizza.

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Almond Brittle

Since developing this brittle by accident, Chef Kurt has made it in American Culinary Federation competitions to garnish his desserts. Many chefs wanted the inside scoop—how did he take the sticky out of brittle? Now he’s sharing his technique with you!

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Pie Crust

This crust recipe is a fan favorite!

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Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding

From U Club Classics. Chef Katie's recipe for an all-time favorite dessert at the University Club of MSU. Try it and you'll see why!

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Grilled Flank Steak

A U Club Classic, flavorful and delicious. Just in time for grilling season!

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Michigan raspberries abound in summer and fall. This simple vinaigrette uses raspberries as one of the acidic ingredients, fundamental to making a flavorful salad dressing. Particularly delicious on vegetable salad accented with fruit.

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Homemade Pasta

Chef Kurt shared his go-to recipe for homemade pasta. It has helped him win plenty of competitions! As a member of the audience, I took copious notes in order to publish Chef Kurt's recipe for the first time ever!

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Muhammara

Muhammara is a classic Levantine dip made with roasted red peppers and walnuts. Usually thickened with bread, Chef Kurt uses cooked red lentils instead. Use a food processor if you want a smooth texture. For more texture, use a mortar and pestle.

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Chef’s recipe has layers of flavor beginning with roasting the tomatoes, and then adding Indian spices. You can use any kind of tomato for this sauce but it may need to be reduced (cooked longer) if you use beefsteak tomatoes rather than paste tomatoes.

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Raspberry Turnover

Flaky pastry filled with raspberries and cheese makes a delightful dessert, snack, or breakfast.

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Pickled Butternut Squash with Squash Purée

Want to expand your repertoire for serving butternut squash so abundant right now? Chef Kurt uses butternut squash two ways: to make a thick pasta sauce; and lightly pickled to top your dish with a pop of flavor from some of fall’s favorite spices.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

If you love mushrooms like I do, this is the soup for you! Savory and just the right amount of creaminess. A batch makes a bunch--it heats up well for a lunch or two next week. If it makes it through the weekend, that is!

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Korean Barbecue Sauce

This is not your ordinary barbecue sauce. Gochujang give this sauce an instant flavor boost! Bring the heat and amp up the flavor of salmon, pork chops and ribs, pulled pork, meatballs, chicken, lettuce wraps, and jackfruit. The possibilities are endless!

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Egg Foo Yung Maitake

Egg foo yung is best described as an Asian omelet containing a mixture of chopped foods and served with a flavorful sauce.

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Wild Rice Tomato Soup

Not your typical wild rice soup, Chef Kurt’s version is loaded with vegetables and grains. And deliciousness! Soups in general are flexible. Feel free to switch out the veggies to whatever suits you. Add this one to your repertoire of warm, cozy meals!

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Badamaash Pork Cutlet

Chef Kurt’s Badamaash Pork Cutlet, spiced with Indian flavors, won him 2018 Chef of the Year from Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association! He served it with dumpling and other tasty sides. He says it makes a great sandwich, simply served on a bun!

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Trout Tarragon

In this recipe Chef teaches us to make a simple pan sauce. Sauté to develop fond (incredibly flavorful stuff stuck to the pan) add some aromatics, loosen fond with wine, reduce liquid over heat, finish with butter and fresh herb. For this recipe—tarragon!

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North African Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs in red sauce are classic all over the world. The spice defines the cuisine. For these lamb meatballs, a sauce might begin with tomatoes or red peppers; season with coriander and cinnamon; finish with fresh mint; then serve over couscous.

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Pasta and chickpeas

One skillet, 5 ingredients, 20 minutes from pantry to table!

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Que Baked Beans

Want homemade baked beans without a lot of fuss? Let Bush’s get your recipe started. Add a few flavorful extras. Bake until thick and bubbly and a little crusty around the edges for the look and taste of homemade. Enjoy the cookout!

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Spring Pea Crostini

Toast is a hot item! Looking for a fresh, bright spread for your toast? This recipe is the perfect way to showcase your early garden harvest or farmers market find. Hint: make it even easier and just as delicious with frozen peas!

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Watermelon Salsa

Now’s your chance to switch things up. Watermelon season is a great time to try out this twist on salsa. Easy to make and so refreshing, it’s the perfect summertime side

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Sweet Potato, Nut, & Cherry Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

All the tastes of Thanksgiving served on a bed of greens. Delightful!

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Mashed Potatoes

The secret to perfect mashed potatoes: add the butter before the liquid!

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Roast Turkey

Chef John advises to cook your turkey a day or two ahead of time. What are the advantages? Opens up oven time on Thanksgiving day, precision cooking of both white and dark meat, delicious turkey stock.

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Turkey Gravy

Homemade turkey stock takes the flavor up a notch. But homemade gravy is divine regardless.

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UClub Cranberry Relish

Cranberries need a surprising amount of sugar to make relish tasty and still tart.

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UClub Pecan Pie

Chef Katie's pecan pie is buttery, sweet, and chock-full of nuts.

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UClub Pumpkin Pie

Traditional pumpkin pie - warm spices, smooth, and delicious.

Sensible Meals

Zippy Coleslaw

Featured in the class "Sensible Sides," this simple coleslaw has a secret ingredient in the dressing that makes it - well, zippy!

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Herby Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Featured in Sensible Sides summer class, this is not your typical pasta salad! Simple and simply delicious! Makes a large amount. Keeps 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

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No-knead Bread

Need bread? Just 4 ingredients - flour, yeast, salt and water - a covered pot in a hot oven, and you're in business. It takes very little effort - only time. With more time at home, it may be just the bread you need.

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Pasta with Meatballs and Spinach

My inspiration came from a container of spinach in the fridge that needed to be used. I searched my memory bank of recipes and considered my stash. After making several adjustments in the original recipe from Cook's Illustrated, this turned out SO GOOD!

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Oatmeal Bars

Looking into my pantry with the idea of wanting something chewy and yummy, a little something to go with my morning cup of coffee, I found the ingredients to make these delicious cookie bars.

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Jon Novello’s Pumpkin Dip

"Super easy and makes for an amazing pre- and post-meal treat. We usually make it early and then refrigerate it, and then bring it out when we are all in the kitchen cooking the big meal. It’s just yummy and fun to snack on while everyone is together."

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TJ Hall's Plant Based Thanksgiving Entree

“Our holiday menu is fairly standard, but since we’re plant-based we always opt for a meatless ‘roast’ instead of turkey or ham. Field Roast and Gardein are two brands that I’ve had over the years, and both are quite tasty. "

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Lisa Laughman’s Sweet Potatoes

“Ok, mine’s weird but just thinking about it makes me miss my mom.”

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TJ Hall’s Vegan Mashed Potatoes

"We tend to have the standards (potatoes, veggies, rolls, etc.), just made with plant-based ingredients. With lots of veggie and starch options, I think Thanksgiving is pretty easy to veganize.”

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Nancy Allen’s Sweet Potato Casserole

“This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe was shared with me by my sister-in-law Sue Allen. It has been a cherished recipe in her family. My family, especially John, Brandi & Jenna, loved it so much it became one of our "must have" holiday recipes.”

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Nancy Allen’s Cranberry Orange Relish

“This first recipe is my Mom’s Orange-Cranberry Relish recipe. It was passed down to her by her mother, who received it from her mother, my mom’s Grandmother. I think of all of them when I prepare this simple, traditional, cherished holiday recipe.”

Abby Richey’s Kale Quinoa Salad

"This was a recipe we often used while I worked at the Sparrow Hospital Demonstration Kitchen. It was always a crowd pleaser at the hospital demos and now one my family enjoys as well.”

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Kathleen Jager’s Apple Bread

"No shock to anyone here, I suppose, that I really do not like Thanksgiving dinner … except for the bread and the pop tarts and coffee that I may have for breakfast, but sadly Kellogg’s has not shared their recipe with me YET!

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Beth Morris’s Key Lime Pie

"I use the recipe card that my aunt had handwritten for me. My mom and aunts refer to everything as ‘the family secret recipe’ so I thought my aunt had made up her own. Turns out, NOPE. She uses Nellie & Joe’s recipe found on the lime juice bottle!"

Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites

Abby Richey’s Family Chocolate Cream Pie

"I think back to memories of making my grandmother's chocolate pie with her and can’t help but admire how much effort she put into this dessert to make it for our family. Her love language was often through food – she loved us very much!”

Culinary Cooking and Concepts

Cream Cheese Frosting

This scrumptious cream cheese frosting would be great on a variety of cakes - carrot, red velvet and more! Check out Chef Kate's Pumpkin Cake for the perfect match.

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Arthur Cialo III’s Breakfast Bake

“It’s good for Xmas AM and it’s easy.”

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Classic Fall Pumpkin Cake

A must try for those who love pumpkin desserts! Top this cake with Chef Kate's Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Squash Medley

This colorful medley of fresh vegetables makes for an easy, flavorful side dish.

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Baked Chicken Thigh with Bourbon-Maple Drizzle

This bourbon-maple reduction tops off lightly seasoned chicken thighs for a tasty dinner entree.

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Acorn Squash with Root Vegetable Risotto

Acorn squash is a unique fall vegetable that can offer a bit of sweetness to savory dishes. It pairs nicely as the base for this flavorful Root Vegetable Risotto

Culinary Cooking and Concepts

Apple Vinaigrette

The Apple Vinaigrette is paired well with Chef John's Harvest Salad. This tangy dressing can be created quickly in a blender and stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Harvest Salad

Chef John's hearty salad is a delicious combination of crisp greens, sweet apples and salty cheese. Top this salad off with his tangy Apple Vinaigrette or any salad dressing you have at home.

Culinary Cooking and Concepts

Seafood Jambalaya

Chef John's take on a spicey creole favorite.

Culinary Cooking and Concepts

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Enjoy this creamy chicken soup on a cold winter's day.

Grilled Sweet Potato Starter
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Grilled Sweet Potato Starter

Michigan provides an abundance of local produce. Summer grilling is a seasonal way to use those locally grown items. Enjoy Kellogg Catering Chef Rob Trufant’s take on Grilled Sweet Potatoes!

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Summer Grilled Chicken Salad

Michigan is a large producer of chicken. Summer grilling is a seasonal way to use this local food. Enjoy Kellogg Catering Chef Rob Trufant’s take on Grilled Chicken with a tangy salad dressing!

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Grilled Peach & Blueberry Tart

Blueberries and summer go together in Michigan. This tiny fruit can be used in a variety of ways. Enjoy Kellogg Catering Chef Rob Trufant’s take on a summer dessert!

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Chicken Biryani

Chef Rob Trufant created this recipe to share as part of an international cooking demonstration. Enjoy his take on this traditional dish from India!

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Ayesh al Saraya

Chef Rob Trufant created this recipe to share as part of an international cooking demonstration. Enjoy this Lebanese inspired sweet dessert!

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Braised Buffalo with Pan Sauce

This buffalo recipe was a part of a program exploring North American Cuisine with a focus on Great Lakes Indigenous Foods. Enjoy this hearty entree along with Beans, Corn & Squash and Wild Rice Pilaf.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Enjoy this warm and savory chicken pot pie on a cool day!

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Corn Cakes with White Bean Spread

Enjoy Chef Rob Trufant's take on corn cakes providing a vessel for white beans and smoked salmon. This recipe comes from a demonstration focused on Great Lakes Indigenous Foods. Enjoys these as an appetizer or as a main dish served with salad.

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Beans, Corn & Squash

This recipe was used as a second side dish in our Great Lakes Indigenous Foods cooking demonstration. The dish includes 4 simple ingredients and goes a long way! We originally paired it with the Braised Buffalo, but it also makes a great leftover lunch.

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Wild Rice Pilaf

This side dish was one of two dishes created for our Great Lakes Indigenous Food cooking demonstration. Wild rice has a long history in the Great Lakes region. Enjoy this flavorful yet simple recipe with the Braised Buffalo!

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Fry Bread with Wojapi

Wojapi is a traditional Native American berry sauce cooked down to a thick jelly or pudding consistency. This sauce is delicious over Fry Bread or a nice dressing over turkey, chicken or pork.

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