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  1. Explore the veggie noodle world with Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons

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    Vegetable "noodles" are super trendy, and summer is the best time to make them since the king of veggie noodle — zucchini — is ubiquitous, and inexpensive.

    Sunshine Vegetable Ribbons can serve as a first course, a side dish or a vegetarian main course.
  2. Give Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust a try

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    Cauliflower is a wonder veggie. No longer relegated to boiling and covering with a bright orange cheese sauce (sorry, Mom), cauliflower is stepping out in the place of starch like rice in stir-fries or instead of wheat flour in pizza dough.

    Put a vitamin-packed vegetable to work for you in Foolproof Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
  3. Recipe for Baked Chicken Breasts With Peaches that can be savory or sweet

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    An interesting thing happened on the way to delivering this recipe. It's a one-pan dish that fuses a few spices and brown sugar with ripe peaches and that old weeknight standby — boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Prep work is minimal: Blanch the peaches, peel and slice them. Pound the chicken to an even …

    Baked Chicken Breasts With Peaches changes flavors depending on how items are layered.
  4. Cookbook review: Amy Thielen's 'Give a Girl a Knife', her story from rural kitchen to New York City, is worth a read

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    The same way that water needs heat to boil, Amy Thielen needs to cook.

    By Amy Thielen Clarkson Potter, 320 pages, $26
  5. We Tried That: Learning how to bartend at the Mandarin Hide in St. Petersburg

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    Every bar's a stage, and all the bartenders merely players.

    Emily Young learns how to make cocktails with the help of Erin Davey at the Mandarin Hide in St. Petersburg.
  6. From the food editor: For cherry season, four ways to use the sweet fruit

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    Living in Florida, there are a lot of reasons to hate summer: Unpredictable thunderstorms ruin many an activity. That thing where you're never appropriately dressed because you have to bare all outside but stores set their air conditioning to 57 degrees. Sweat puddles. Actual puddles.

    Cherry Salsa atop steak tacos. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  7. For something different this summer, try a grilled salad with one of these lettuces

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    There are plenty of go-to grillables: chicken wings, thick steaks, chunky vegetables skewered with a kebab. But the smoke and char of this specific cooking method can do wonders for something less expected: lettuce.

    Grilled romaine. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  8. Mix mushrooms with cream and other goodies for delicious dishes

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    Fungus is gross. It can't help it. But no fungus is more fun than mushrooms, those powerfully flavored, spore-producing bites of goodness. With a huge selection of edible varieties, each with its own texture and nuance, mushrooms in general provide a delightful undertone of earthiness to every dish they enrich.

    Mushrooms work well in a variety of dishes.
  9. Everyday Entertaining: A Whole30 pot roast recipe you can serve to friends on or off the plan

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    Whole30, a monthlong elimination diet geared toward identifying how certain foods affect your body, was not something that appealed to me when I first read about it. No sugar. No booze. No grains. No beans. No gluten. No dairy. No fun, it seemed.

    Mashed cauliflower, which is Whole30 compliant, makes for a surprisingly rich companion to cookbook author and blogger Adrianna Adarme’s Peruvian-ish Pot Roast.
  10. Instant Pot pressure cooker again picks up steam on Amazon Prime Day

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    Once again, the Instant Pot pressure cooker is slaying Amazon's Prime Day, according to early indications.

    The Instant Pot -- a device that combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker in one handy unit -- is drawing undying affection from American cooks. 
Photo by Karsten Moran/The New York Times