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Curried Lamb Burgers with Chutney Mustard & Greek Yogurt

A plate of oven-baked, honey-soy chicken drumsticks.

Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Wings

Baked pasta with chicken, lemon, white wine, and herbs.

Freezer Meal: Pasta with Chicken, Lemon & White Wine

It's a rare occasion that a New York strip steak needs anything more than a little salt and pepper. But this balsamic caramel is a three-ingredient sauce that tastes as though much more effort went into its creation than actually did. The resulting flavor of this balsamic caramel resembles that of expensive Italian barrel-aged balsamics, fit for drizzling over anything ranging from prosciutto-wrapped figs to vanilla ice cream to pan-seared steaks. //

Pan-Seared, Oven-Finished New York Strips with Balsamic Caramel

Arancini Mac & Cheese

a skillet of homemade hamburger helper.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Just when you think you have nothing to serve for dinner, toasted breadcrumbs along with a few pantry items — garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and anchovies — come to the rescue, working together to produce an unbelievably tasty dinner. This is pantry cooking at its finest — quick, easy, delicious. //

Pasta with Crispy Bread Crumbs, Anchovies, and Garlic

These honey-baked chicken legs are all about the sauce, a mixture of honey and mustard, curry powder and mango chutney, which thickens and concentrates during the hour or so spent in the oven. It's the kind of thing that is nearly impossible not to pick up off the plate with your hands, gnaw at the bone, lick your fingers when you're finished. //

Simple Honey-Baked Chicken Legs

Pan-fried tofu with nuoc cham on a platter.

Pan-Seared Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Nuoc Cham

A piece of bread topped with baked (shirred) eggs.

Herb and Gruyère-Topped Baked (Shirred) Egg

Favorite Sunday Dinner: Braised Chicken with Sherry & Sherry Vinegar

A just-baked lemon and smoked mozzarella pizza.

Lemon, Smoked Mozzarella & Basil Pizza

A bowl of pasta coated in butternut squash sage sauce.

“10-Minute” Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta (Vegan Option)

In grilled trout, when the skin crisps, and the meat flakes off the tiny delicate skeleton, tasting not a bit dry or fishy just fresh and delicious, never am I happier. This meal has become a recent favorite. Greens beans, needing nothing more than a three-minute steam and a drizzling of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon, salt and pepper, are so good right now. And this brown butter orzo "risotto," is a long-time favorite.So easy, so delicious. //

Whole Grilled Trout | Steamed Green Beans | Brown Butter Orzo “Risotto”

Grilled Chicken Caesar Kale Salad & Piadines, sort of

The addition of a can of crabmeat to this favorite summer linguine dish not only made it a touch tastier but also a smidgen more complete, especially for those who don't consider a sprinkling of cheese a suitable protein. //

Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers, Crabmeat & Basil

Broiled, lightly seasoned, meaty, Dockside crabcakes embody everything I hope for in a crabcake. Because the cakes are broiled, the cakes can (and should) be delicately and loosely formed. A nearly falling-apart crab cake will ensure that the mayonnaise and panko (or pulverized Saltines or bread crumbs or whatever you are using) are doing their job as binders but nothing more. //

Maryland Crab Cakes

Homemade Tarragon Mayonnaise + A Squeeze of Lemon = Unbelievable Lobster Rolls

summer squash spaghetti

Summer Squash Spaghetti with Lemon & Herbs

Fig jam, caramelized onion and blue cheese pizza.

Lahey Pizza Dough | Tipo 00 Flour | Fig Jam, Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese Pizza

This pesto pasta can be made with anything. All you really need is a bunch of herbs, a handful of nuts and some sort of hard salty cheese. While nothing perhaps marries quite as well as basil, pine nuts and parmesan, variations made with with other cilantro and parsley, walnuts and almonds, and Pecorino and Grana do the job quite nicely. //

Simple, Fresh Homemade Pesto Sauce with Pasta

Grilled T-Bone Steak with Dead Easy and Quick Marinade

Dead Easy Steak Marinade

homemade falafel

Falafel with Lima Bean Salad

Flavored with leeks and lemons, this pasta carbonara is especially fresh and light. With bacon and eggs on hand, dinner can be thrown together in a flash. Add asparagus and you have a one-dish dinner on your hands. The sauce tastes incredibly creamy (despite containing no cream at all) and coats the pasta so well, making every bite especially delectable. //

Orecchiette Carbonara with Asparagus — 2nd Easiest Weeknight Dinner