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The 44 Special: a sweet potato sandwich with homemade bread and pickled onions.

The 44 Special: A Dreamy Roasted Sweet Potato and Pickled Beet Sandwich with Aioli and Goat Cheese

Two jars of homemade aioli.

How to Make Classic Garlic (or Ramp!) Aioli

A bowl of Moroccan Rice with dates and harissa.

Instant Pot Harissa-Spiced Rice with Dates and Orange

A jar of homemade harissa paste.

Simple, Delicious Harissa Paste Made at Home

An overhead shot of a jar filled with no-cook cranberry sauce.

Easy No-Cook Cranberry Sauce

Fall salad with pepitas and manchego.

Fall Salad with Cabbage, Fennel, Manchego, and Candied Pepitas

A plate of pan-seared Duck breasts with port wine sauce and roasted grapes.

Perfect Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Port Wine Sauce

Two quart containers filled with tomato sauce.

Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Simplified

A gif of uncooked ratatouille and roasted ratatouille.

Roasted Ratatouille = The Best Ratatouille

A bowl of ginger-sesame soba and salmon.

Ginger-Sesame Soba Noodles with Cedar Plank Salmon

This kale and quinoa salad has a lemony-mustard dressing, dried cranberries that plump with the cooked quinoa, crisp celery, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. It comes together in a snap and has been a welcomed addition to the summer salad rotation. It also keeps well in the fridge for days, making it perfect for lunch-on-the-go or a picnic at the beach. I find it irresistible, and while it's a great side salad, it's nearly a meal in itself. // alexandracooks.com

Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

This summer vegetable salad comes together in no time—as the shallots macerate in the vinegar for the dressing, you can prep everything else: slice the radishes, turnips, scallions, etc. With a hunk of bread on the side, the meal is complete. // alexandracooks.com

10-Minute Meal: Greens + Tuna + Shallot Vinaigrette

A bowl of Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing

Broccoli & Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing

This ‘nduja grilled cheese includes Wisconsin fontina, a great melting cheese, and basil pesto, to offer a fresh counterpoint to the richness of the pâte-like spread. In keeping with the Italian theme, I sandwiched the three ingredients between thick slices of ciabatta, whose porous crumb so nicely absorbed the flavors of the spicy ‘nduja and sweet, earthy fontina. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

‘Nduja Grilled Cheese with Wisconsin Fontina & Basil Pesto

A bowl of no-fuss, easy, chicken enchilada casserole.

Easiest Chicken Enchilada Casserole

In this kale Cesar salad, the dressing is light and lemony and the kale itself is extremely soft and tender. It's also vegan, the dressing made with vegannaise and vegan Worcestershire. The combination of curly kale, massaged till tender, quick-pickled onions, and toasted pumpkin seeds, which add so much texture and flavor, is so good. I think this is one you have to taste to believe. // alexandracooks.com

Honest Weight Food Coop’s Kale Caesar

A sizzle platter holding broiled arctic char dressed in a citrus sauce.

Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce

A sheet pan of baked chicken fingers.

Best Baked Chicken Fingers

Gramma's mustard sauce in a Weck jar.

My Grandmother’s Mustard Sauce (AKA: “The Ham Sauce”)

A pan of just-baked eggplant involtini.

Simple Roasted Eggplant Involtini

I can't seem to get enough of this bulgar bowl: a mix of bulgur and lentils, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, toasted almonds, cilantro, and a lemon-tahini dressing. When you have some of the components prepared ahead of time, the assembly happens quickly! // alexandracooks.com

Bulgur, Lentils, Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

This cucumber salad with tahini-yogurt sauce essentially is a no-cook meal, a refreshing salad to make good use of those cool summer cucs, which might just be arriving in droves. I serve it along side broiled slices of ciabatta. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

Cucumber Salad with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

A plate of okonomiyaki with soy dipping sauce.

Okonomiyaki: Cabbage Pancakes

Pan-seared cod with sauce Nicoise.

Pan-Seared Cod with Sauce Niçoise