Try This! 4 Great Add-Ins for Hummus

When you are pondering an appetizer for a party, you can never go wrong with hummus. It’s popular with kids and adults, it’s easy to make in quantities large or small, and it’s highly adaptable.

Earthy, savory, creamy, protein-packed: hummus is a great base for all kinds of add-ins.

Sure there are a bunch of pre-made flavor variations available at the store, but it’s so easy to make your own “house” version. Then you not only have a crowd-pleasing party appetizer (or snack), you also have bragging rights!

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Lentil Salad with Summer Vegetables

As the weather warms, I spend a lot of time outside. My garden is flanked by the trailing tendrils of cantaloupe and watermelon on one side, and a uniform row of ten rhubarb plants on the other. The raised beds in between burst with any number of vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, salad greens, and 200 sets of onions.

After weeks of tending, harvesting, and then cleaning the fruits of my labor, I’m ready to prepare them in the simplest of ways. I don’t want to worry about food; I want to enjoy a meal with the people I’m feeding.

Besides, more often than not, fresh produce needs little more than a vinaigrette and a good toss to turn it into something for the table.

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberries are such a popular snack in our house—my 3-year-old son eats them by the handful. But they also make their way into a lot of the baking and cooking I do.

He often requests them in pancakes and muffins, and more recently, in these blueberry crumb bars.

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Meal Plan for July Week 2

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for July. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

I ease into my work weeks like I ease into my mornings – slow and simple. I do my best to leave my meetings to the other days of the week, and let Mondays serve as the day I set myself up to take care of odd and ends, dig out from emails that have accumulated over the weekend, and take stock of the week ahead.

When I transition to dinner on Monday nights, I take the same approach. I want to hang out with my kids and husband, find out how their days went and see what lies ahead for them. I don’t want to be distracted by over complicated menus.

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Kimchi Deviled Eggs

These kimchi deviled eggs transcend your average deviled egg by incorporating classic Korean ingredients such as kimchi, sesame, and gochujang, a Korean chili paste.

The result is wildly exciting. The sesame and gochujang add nuttiness, sweetness, and spice while the kimchi contributes a bright, sour flavor with a hint of funk.

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Grilled Shrimp Taco Bowl

For as long as I can remember, shrimp has been one of my favorite foods, and these grilled shrimp taco bowls treat shrimp like the pretty little superstars they are!

This bowl is packed with healthy Mexican-inspired ingredients such as black beans, corn, tomatoes, and lettuce, all served on top of rice with a spicy cilantro dressing.

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12 Easy Recipes for a Last Minute 4th of July Party

When the 4th of July rolls around, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be invited somewhere — potentially at the last minute as plans come together. Or maybe you’ll be the one inviting people over the night before the barbecue!

Either way, you might not have a ton of time to prepare something to bring with you—but that’s where these recipes help.

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Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken Taco Meat

Whether you’re making weeknight tacos for your family or hosting a potluck party for a crowd, making shredded chicken in the pressure cooker is such time saver.

Cooked in a mixture of Mexican spices and tangy pineapple juice, chicken thighs quickly become tender and easily shredded, ready for piling into tortillas.

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Rosemary Olive Steak Skewers

This recipe is brought to you in partnership with The California Olive Committee.

Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill for easy weeknight dinners or for weekend cook-outs with friends.

These Rosemary Olive Steak Skewers are a MUST! With a few simple ingredients, you can have a main course that everyone will enjoy.

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How to Grill the Best Steak

My goal with this recipe was to create a grilled steak that would make a novice look like a master, and a master look like her backyard flame-created opus was mere child’s play.

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Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

This Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake is ideal for any 4th of July spread—everyone loves cake, and a pretty layer cake like this one makes the day feel extra special.

It starts with tender and moist vanilla buttermilk cake, which then gets layered with fluffy Swiss meringue (which will hold up well on a hot summer day). Top it off with plenty of ripe summer berries—strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries!

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Meal Plan for July Week 1

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

This is about the time of year when home gardens and farm stands start bursting with produce. The best of which is not only visually stunning on the plate, but also often refreshing made into a beverage and served in highball glass.

Which is why I’m including a few summery drink recipes in this month’s meal plan, some with alcohol and some without. They’ll make your front porch-sitting activities even more relaxing.

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Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas

When it comes to cocktails, the situation dictates the drink. If you’re having a swanky steak dinner, then that’s a martini sort of meal.

Headed to a picnic and Shakespeare in the Park? That begs for the boozy Pomegranate Paloma, swigged from a flask. (Assuming you’re seeing a comedy. If it’s a tragedy, go with something bitter, such as a Dark and Stormy.)

But if the weather is sporting triple digits and I’m floating on a raft in the pool, then it’s time to go for something juicier and far more thirst quenching. Enter the watermelon margarita.

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10 Best Grilling Recipes for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is one of those quintessentially American summer holidays that just requires firing up the grill and hanging around outside. Whether you’ve got your menu all planned out already or need some inspiration, don’t miss these ideas!

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Grilled Salsa Verde Chicken

One of summer’s pleasures is to cook outside on the grill. All the mess stays out of the kitchen, along with the heat.

The beauty of a dish like these grilled chicken thighs with salsa verde is that you have dinner on the table in 20 to 30 minutes, with almost zero prep time. 

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Sous Vide Korean BBQ Chicken

This post is brought to you in partnership with Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps.

There is one cooking technique that I’ve been turning to frequently in my kitchen this summer, and that’s sous vide!

With this technique, I can sous vide steaks, burgers, or chicken so they’re perfectly cooked (literally, perfectly), and then finish them on the grill to sear the outside and give them some char-grilled flavor.

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There's a Much Better Type of Frozen Pea You Should Be Buying — Tips from The Kitchn

When you spend as much time in grocery stores as I do, it's hard not to grow jaded and unaffected by the flashy packages and bold buzzwords. Recently, I tossed bag of "frozen petite peas" into my cart with little consideration of (what I was sure was) a marketing ploy by the multinational green pea conglomerates to upsell me. It was going in my shopping cart, regardless of fancy French labels.

But it turns out that when it comes to frozen peas, a single word — petite — can make a big difference.


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6 Ways to Skip Meal Prep This Weekend — Tips from The Kitchn

As one of the team leaders of Kitchn's Meal Plan Club, this is a little hard for me to admit: I'm not that into meal prep. Meal prep is the last task in meal planning that really puts your plan into action and makes weeknight dinners that much easier and less stressful, but I fail at it most weeks.

The problem isn't that I don't understand the basics of meal prep, but rather that come Sunday afternoon I'd rather run around the yard with my kids or drink a glass of wine and read a magazine. Recently, I've taken to adding just enough lazy meal prepping to my routine to make weeknight dinners easier without sacrificing my precious weekend time. So for all you lazy meal preppers, here's what to do.


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The 5 Biggest Trends That Came Out of Summer Fancy Food 2018 — Food Trends

Last week Fancy Food descended upon the Javits Center in New York to showcase more than 180,000 products. While it's a little intimidating to walk the miles and miles it takes to see everything, it's exciting to see certain trends emerge by walking the show. Here are the five biggest trends I noticed this year that are sure to hit your grocery store in the coming years.


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26 Easy Vegetarian Weeknight Dinners — Recipes from The Kitchn

When we hear vegetarian dinners, you know what comes to mind? Luscious veggies, tender beans, rich broths, flavorful sauces, and great textures. Basically, there's never a dull moment when a really good vegetarian dish is on the menu, so we put together some of our favorites to help make a veggie-powered dinner a reality.

There's a vibrant skillet paella, sweet potato tacos, spicy stir-fried cauliflower, and slow cooker vegetable stew. Basically they're all wholesome and colorful dishes heavy on vegetables that will leave you full and satisfied — no food coma required.


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The Single Best Thing You Can Do Before Going on Vacation — Travel Bites

Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But there is always so much to worry about before you leave — and even while you're away! You need to check your luggage to make sure you packed everything you meant to. Then when you're actually on vacation, you are worrying about your house and your pets, hoping that they are being good for the sitter.


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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes — 3-Ingredient Recipes

My meal plans are rooted in simple weeknight dinners that come together as quickly as possible, so it should come as no surprise that my side dish preferences follows suit. That's just part of the reason these roasted potatoes are currently on repeat. It's also because they go with everything. Whatever you do, just don't mistake their simplicity and short ingredient list for small flavor. Partnered with grainy Dijon, these potatoes have a pop of tang to complement their crispy, crackly edges.


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The 5 Unsung Heroes of Regional French Cuisine — Recipes from The Kitchn

Where most people see a map of France, I always see a menu, each region beckoning with its special, signature dish. There are crêpes from Brittany, salade Niçoise from Nice, choucroute garnie (that's how the French say sauerkraut and sausage) from Alsace, and so much more. These iconic recipes, which combine local produce with history, culture, and tradition, have become symbols of their regions, their fame spreading far beyond France and throughout the world.

But when I set out to research a book about the signature dishes of France, I discovered something surprising. For every famous regional recipe, I found a handful of other, unsung recipes. Born of the same culinary traditions, and often showcasing the same ingredients, these dishes, which are no less delicious than their celebrated siblings, offer an insider's glimpse of a region's culture and history.


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I Tried the Instant Pot. Here's What I Think About It, 8 Months Later. — Appliance Love

I first heard about the Instant Pot a few years ago when Cambria polled readers to find out their favorite slow cooker. Instead of a traditional slow cooker, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, but I had never even heard of it. Of course now, you can't read a single food magazine or website without seeing an Instant Pot story (or seven).

A few months after I first heard about the small appliance, I reviewed the Instant Pot on the site. I approached it with a mixture of excitement and curiosity, along with a large dose of skepticism and disbelief. I mean, can one appliance really do the job of seven? After much use, I decided to run a follow-up report. Here's what I thought about the Instant Pot eight months later.


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Alex Guarnaschelli's Best Cleaning Hack Comes from Her Mom — Pop Culture

Grocery shopping, prepping ingredients, and actually doing all the cooking can be a lot of work — but that can be nothing compared to the task of cleaning up. Perhaps it's because the big event (the meal itself) has passed, but tackling a dirty kitchen is often the last thing I want to be doing.

Which is why, when I got to interview Alex Guarnaschelli as part a partnership with Lysol Daily Cleaner, I of course had to ask a pro: What tools and tricks make cleanup less complicated for her?


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10 Easy Dinner Ideas for Two People — Recipes from The Kitchn

I know firsthand it can often be a challenge to cook dinner for just two people. My husband and I have become experts at halving recipes or simply embracing leftovers, but to be completely honest, both can be a pain sometimes. What about a meal that perfectly serves two without leftovers for days? These 10 recipes are just that.


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3 Things Kitchn Editors Refuse to Buy at IKEA — Shopping

There's obviously lots to love about IKEA. The 79-cent dish towels! The IKEA Family program! All the fun groceries! Our list literally goes on and on. We do, however, also have a list of the things we do not love at IKEA. That list is a lot shorter, but we're pretty firm on it.

Here are the three things Kitchn editors simply will not buy from IKEA. Take a look and then weigh in with your thoughts.


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Skip Meal Prep with These Freezer Staples — Tips from The Kitchn

I love meal planning. It is one of my favorite ways to feel prepared for each week and reduce my daily stress. But meal prep? The final step in meal planning where you chop veggies, make dressings, maybe even cook some meals? I'm really bad at it.

Finding time — even just a few hours — over the weekend to cook is probably as hard for you as it is for me. Lately, I've been relying on the freezer aisle to help me prep parts of our meal plans to save me time during the week. Here are a few of my favorite freezer staples that help me skip meal prepping on the weekends.


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10 Organizing Ideas to Steal from These French Airbnbs — Organizing Tips from The Kitchn

Whether it's a sweet mountainside chateau or a cool urban apartment, the French are less about space than they are about style. And their kitchens reflect that — usually more minimal and on the smaller side, with just the right equipment to execute a simple, delicious meal. So we decided to take a virtual stroll through some French Airbnbs in hopes of finding some smart organizing ideas that'll make our own kitchens très chic.

Here are the 10 lessons we took away.


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