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Vegetables

Charred Corn Salad with Basil & Tomatoes

When you fire up the grill this summer, char the corn and assemble this fresh salad before you grill the main dish.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Jamy’s Oil Field Potatoes

The easy assembly, feed-a-crowd size, and cheese sauce make this potato dish is a staple at every Bancroft family get-together.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Poultry

Cashew Chicken

This homemade version of the Americanized Chinese food classic is fool-proof enough for a harried weeknight and delicious enough to make you happy you’re making the effort of cooking. Kids and adults wolf down the tender chicken, bite-sized chunks of bell pepper, cashews, and delicious sauce.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Dips

Pineapple Salsa

This is the perfect summer salsa thanks to diced fresh pineapple, which is much easier to slice into than I used to think. Red bell pepper and red onion add color, and cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice add mouth-watering flavor.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups Total time: 15 minutes
Nibbles

Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins

These tart-sweet lemon muffins, topped with a brown sugar crumble and lemon glaze are deliciously moist, since the cream cheese is mixed right into the batter.

Yield: 12 muffins Total time: 35 minutes
Seafood

Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Shrimp

Top shrimp with garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil, and oregano for a quick, perfect appetizer or weeknight dinner. Serve with Farro, Tomatoes, & Parmesan.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes
Vegetarian

Farro, Tomatoes, & Parmesan

This dish was inspired by Martha Stewart’s one-pot pasta dish that creates its own sauce as it cooks. Combine water, farro, thinly sliced onions and garlic, and cherry tomatoes, and cook until the farro is tender and the onions and tomatoes have melted into the perfect sauce.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Beef

Pressure Cooker Pepper Steak

Strips of flat-iron steak and chunks of bell pepper and onions are seasoned with garlic, ginger, Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and cooked in the pressure cooker for homemade Chinese food on a weeknight.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Total time: 50 minutes
Breakfasts

Cheesy Egg Wraps

Fill tortillas with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and sautéed bell peppers, bacon, and jalapeño. Fold into a burrito and toast in a hot skillet until crispy and golden. These are perfect for breakfast or for a weeknight dinner, and they freeze well.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Seafood

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon

This easy but impressive dish makes the perfect dinner to serve to company. Parboil baby red potatoes, and roast alongside long green beans and salmon slathered in garlic herb butter.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes