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Italian Vegetable Soup with Orzo and Pesto

It may be gray and cold outside, but this soup can add color and warmth to the season. It features mini pasta and a medley of vegetables all enhanced by pesto. It’s satisfying and healthy.

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Arizona Carnitas With Green Chiles

Spice up meal times with this traditional and popular Southwestern dish. Shoulder meat is best cooked for longer period of time to make tender. Set the table so that everyone can create their own tortilla-filled meal.

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Melissa d’Arabian’s BBQ Blade Steak Papillotes

As the host of the Food Network’s “10 Dollar Dinners,” d’Arabian knows how to master the flames. To keep things fresh during the summer months, she has fired up recipes that equate to the perfect grilling trinity – minimal ingredients, quick preparation and maximum flavor.

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Chipotle-Glazed Ham with Cherry Jicama Salsa

Rick and Lanie Bayless, authors of Rick & Lanie’s Excellent Kitchen Adventures, share their Easter recipe for Chipotle-Glazed Ham with Cherry Jicama Salsa.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Market Plate

St. Patrick’s Day in rural Ireland is steeped in traditions centered on farm and family. County Cork dairy farmer John O’Sullivan describes a typical observance.

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Chef Guy Fieri’s Pork En Fuego

Known for his big personality, Fieri says pork is his secret for grilling success because it can be served up in so many ways — like this spicy Pork En Fuego.

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Terrific Turkey Lasagna

Based on a book published in 14th century England during the reign of Richard II, British researchers have declared that the dish known as lasagna is not Italian at all… The text describes a dish known as loseyns – pronounced lasan – which consisted of layering pasta, cheese and meat.

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Taste of the Mediterranean

Ease of preparation, pleasing flavors and distinctive textures characterize this unique, exceptionally nutritious summer salad. The combination of orzo and chickpeas lends the dish a lightly exotic flavor enhanced by the herbs, tomatoes, lemon and touch of honey.

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Persian Chicken, Made Easy

Some of the best Persian dishes combine meat or poultry cooked with fruit. Fesenjan, my favorite, is a stew that includes ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Make just the chicken for a week-night dinner, if you like. Thinly sliced and served over the rice, it makes a dish pretty enough to share with company.

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Tamale Pie with a Twist

Add some spice to a cold day with this unique version of a Spanish classic, tamales. This spicy creation is easy to prepare and offers a wonderful mix of flavors and nutrition. Although a departure from the traditional tamale, this dish is sure to become a classic in your recipe book.

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Turkey Italian Wedding Soup

Classic Italian soup is a favorite throughout the U.S. Contrary to the popular belief that it is a soup meant for weddings, the dish actually got its name from the Italian phrase si sposono bene, meaning that two things are well married. And indeed, the unique marriage of flavors is sure to have your taste buds celebrating.

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Top 10 Thai Dishes You Just Have to Eat

Thai cuisine is one of the most renowned in the world. It is well known for the diversity of ingredients, outstanding spiciness and ample medicinal properties.

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Vegetarian Fried Rice

This vegetarian-inspired dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Satisfying and easy to prepare, it contains a wide variety of vegetables full of nutrients. Our take on “fried” rice uses a minimum amount of oil and a whole-grain rice variety for extra fiber.

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Pack In the Flavor with Pesto

The spectacular coastline of Italy is home to many of the country’s most luxurious seaside resorts. It also lays claim to some disarmingly desolate stretches of coast where lush forests of lemon trees, herbs, pines and almonds create fragrant breezes. It is here that pesto was born – a classic combination of basil, nuts, olive oil and garlic.

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Celebrate Spring With Lamb Pilaf

In many cuisines, lamb is a traditional way to welcome spring. Middle Eastern cooking in particular is partial to lamb in many forms. It is a common ingredient in the rice pilafs that originated in that part of the world more than 700 years ago.

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Panini: Sandwiches With Italian Flair

Some food fads seem to come straight from appliance makers determined to clutter up our kitchen counters. Currently, the hot new gadget is the sandwich grill or panini press. Similar to the waffle iron, some versions produce a crisp, thin-toasted sandwich that can be addictive.

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Updating a Favorite American Sandwich

Thanks to the fourth Earl of Sandwich, the English get credit for inventing this now international favorite. We must also thank our British forefathers for bringing sandwiches to the Colonies, where we proceeded to perfect this efficient and handy creation.

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