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Curried Chicken Salad with Mango

Curry Chicken Salad

Adding curry powder to a dish is like sewing a few sequins on a dress. You haven’t done much, but the whole dish sparkles.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Crumble Bars with Rhubarb and Strawberry

The appearance of rhubarb at the market is the first sign of spring for me! I look forward to seeing bright red stalks of this celery look-alike every year—it’s one of my favorite ingredients.

Perhaps I love the fleeting nature of the produce, available for a few short months (or less, depending on the season or where you live). Or maybe it’s the vibrant red color of the stalks, which I just adore.

Either way, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, and when it finally shows up, I buy it by the bagful.

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Sparkling Strawberry Sangria

Sangria with Strawberries and Sparkling Wine

Like moths to a flame, we are drawn outside the moment the early spring chill leaves our bones and the sun has officially, and finally, warmed us all the way through. Dinner parties, family get-togethers, and long evenings watching fireflies ensue.

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Meal Plan for May Week 3

Meal Plan for May Week 3

This month, Megan Gordon is back with us sharing her weekly meal plans! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

This week is all about simplicity!

I’ll be out of the house for a handful of evenings this week teaching cooking classes, so I want to plan to have a few meals all set and ready for my husband to assemble while I’m gone. (He cooks too, for the record, but is much more of an impromptu ‘what’s in the cupboard’ kind of cook!)

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Cherry Almond Granola with Vanilla Crumbles

Homemade Granola with Cherries and Almonds

Granola is a morning staple for my family. It graces our smoothie bowls and tops our yogurt cups. We even eat it by the bowlful, drenched in milk.

Over the years, I’ve sampled plenty of store-bought and homemade varieties. While I have many favorites, this Cherry Almond Granola with Vanilla Crumbles is at the top of my list.

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What’s in Season in May?

May Produce Guide

Hello May and welcome to month 5 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides!

May means peak spring mode at the market. We are still awash in spring vegetables like asparagus, artichokes, leeks, favas, radishes, carrots, and peas. But now we also welcome fruit, including pineapple and the first berries of the year—strawberries.

Rhubarb is still going strong, and in many places we’ll see it carry through the summer. Rhubarb loves strawberries so use them together in pies and crisps!

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Sautéed Asparagus with Morels

Sauteed Asparagus and Morel Mushrooms

A spring trifecta—Morels, asparagus, and green garlic

This week I picked up some morels at the market and decided to sauté them with some asparagus and green garlic in a little olive oil and butter.

So good! Like seriously good. My sweetheart took one tentative bite and then devoured the rest. I’ve made it 3 times already this week.

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10 Best Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's Day Round UP

Oh, holidays can be loaded, can’t they? What to make/get/do for Mom on Mother’s Day? What should we cook? Should we go out? These are common questions, and these recipes will help you answer them.

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Turmeric and Honey-Glazed Chicken

Roast Chicken with Turmeric and Honey

With just a few spices you can turn a plain ol’ roasted chicken into something special to make on a weeknight or for an outstanding dinner for company.

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How to Make Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes from Scratch

We make pancakes weekly in our house. Most of the time, I substitute half of the all-purpose flour with spelt or whole wheat pastry flour and top our pancakes with fruit, but sometimes it’s nice to go with a classic like Buttermilk Pancakes.

For this recipe, I wanted to make fluffy, light, and airy buttermilk pancakes with crisp edges, and a slightly sweet, buttery flavor. Forty pancakes later, I was happy with my results: I finally figured out how to avoid the common pitfalls of dense, chewy, eggy, or rubbery pancakes.

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Meal Plan for May Week 2

May Week 2 Meal Plan

This month, Megan Gordon is back with us sharing her weekly meal plans! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

I spent some time last week stocking up on spring produce — nothing gets me feeling more inspired to step into the kitchen than new, seasonal veggies!

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8 Ways to Show Your Love for Avocados this Cinco de Mayo

Avocados for Cinco de Mayo

Guacamole tends to gets all the love when it comes to avocados—and don’t worry, we’ve got two guac recipes here for you—but there’s so much more you can do with this fruit. (Yes, it is actually a fruit!)

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Texas Stacked Enchiladas with Corn and Black Beans

Vegetarian Stacked Enchiladas

In my early days of cooking, I had a friend from California who introduced me to what she called Texas Enchiladas. Instead of the usual filled and rolled enchiladas, the tortillas were fried, dipped in sauce, sandwiched with filling and then stacked in layers.

I have not been able to discover the exact origin of this version of enchiladas, but I think they are popular in Northern Mexico, west Texas and in New Mexico.

The bottom line: delicioso!

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Roasted Radish and Feta Salad

How to Roast Radishes

A big part of learning to cook in my twenties came down to radishes. This was largely due to the fact that I could hit up the farmers market and buy a bunch of fresh radishes for a dollar.

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Meal Plan for May Week 1

May Meal Plan

This month, Megan Gordon is back with us sharing her weekly meal plans! Megan is a writer and recipe developer living in Seattle, WA, the author of Whole Grain Mornings, and mom to a 2-year-old. Please welcome Megan!

May, I thought you’d never come! While I’m not naive enough to think that we’ll magically start seeing warmer temperatures in Seattle anytime soon, it’s nice to see the flowers in bloom and the longer days always inspire slightly more leisurely cooking in the evenings.

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Carrot Top Pesto

Pesto made with carrot greens

While carrots are available all year round, the best season for carrots is in the spring, and in the spring you can often find carrots with their feathery green tops still attached.

(Cue Bugs Bunny chomping on a carrot, “what’s up doc?”)

If you happen to buy carrots with carrot tops, I urge you to think twice before throwing the carrot tops away! You’ve paid for them, and if they are still fresh and green, you may as well use them, right?

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10 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot

Instant Pot Recipe Round-up

So many of us have fallen in love with our Instant Pots recently and our appetite for pressure cooker recipes isn’t going to let up any time soon! Are you ready for a few more?

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3 Ways to Make Avocado Toast with California Ripe Olives

3 Ways to Make Avocado Toast

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

Slices of creamy, ripe avocado atop hearty, toasted bread is a beautiful thing. But why stop there?

The three versions we’re sharing here make a meal out of toast – one recipe with a fried egg and green olives, another with tomatoes and an olive relish, and a third with pan-seared corn, olives, and queso fresco.

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Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Dressing

How to roast potatoes with asparagus

Spring is here! Spring is here! Sometimes I feel like Chicken Little. That’s how excited I get about spring and spring food.

And no, the sky is not falling, but it sure feels like my world is changing all around me when it’s no longer pitch black at 5 o’clock.

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12 Savory & Sweet Recipes Featuring Delicious, Nutritious Pecans

Pecan Round-up

Everyone knows pecan pie, right? No Thanksgiving dessert table would be complete without it!

But this sweet nut is so delicious and versatile — and nutritious! — that it deserves to be in the spotlight more than just once a year.

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Spring Shrimp Scampi with Peas and Mint

How to Make Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp are magical in a dish like this one. They’re pretty and curvy and juicy. Toss them with spaghetti, a little ricotta, peas, lemon, and mint, and you have a scampi-style pasta that’s perfect for spring.

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Meal Plan for April Week 4

Meal Plan for April Week 4

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.

Each spring I tiptoe out to my garden to check the buds on our perennials and the blossoms on our apple trees, and to plant seeds for early-season vegetables. As an avid gardener, I want to spend these extra hours of daylight outside with my hands in the dirt.

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Nut-Free “Peanut Butter” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Birthdays and holidays in the daycare classroom involve some culinary creativity. Most schools are nut-free these days, and a lot of our son’s friends also have egg allergies or gluten sensitivities.

So recently I decided to develop a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that everyone could eat.

My secret ingredient? Sunflower butter! It imparts a nutty flavor similar to peanut butter, but is much more allergy-friendly.

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How to Make Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower Seed Butter Recipe

Before we had our toddler son, I used to make a lot of homemade pantry staples. Yogurt? Check. Bread? Check. Nut butter? Check. These days, though, because time is tight, many of our homemade staples have been replaced with good store-bought versions.

But I’m still making my nut and seed butter! It’s so quick and simple—and I like that you can control exactly what’s in it.

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12 Easy Skillet Chicken Dinners

12 Skillet Chicken Dinners

There never seem to be enough chicken recipes, am I right?

Here, we’ve put together some of our favorites for your weeknight (or weekend!) inspiration. They all have an eye toward expedience and efficiency, and are easily made in one skillet.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

Rhubarb season is here, and I’m excited to make anything and everything with it!

For most folks, strawberry rhubarb pie is the immediate go-to dessert. Although I adore that classic pie, making a crisp is not only significantly easier, but it allows you to serve it to a larger group of people—everyone can scoop out as much as they want!

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Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker chicken recipe

I’m not sure that you’ll find anything exactly like this Firecracker Chicken if you actually travel to China. No, this is definitely an Americanized version of Chinese stir-fry!

It’s common on some popular Chinese take-out menus—and with good reason, because it’s delicious.

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos with Sausage, Eggs and Salsa Verde

Frozen Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Without a doubt, weekday breakfasts can be one of the biggest meal struggles for busy families. Everybody wants to sleep an extra few minutes, but then you still have to get ready for the day and get out the door on time—plus find something to munch on at some point!

These freezer breakfast burritos, filled with sweet sausage, seasoned potatoes, cheese, scrambled eggs, and salsa verde, are my answer to this weekday struggle.

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Preparing food with heat or fire is an activity unique to humans, and scientists believe the advent of cooking played an important role in human evolution. Most anthropologists believe that cooking fires first developed around 250,000 years ago.

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