Goat Cheese and Chorizo Crostini
This appetizer was no-brainer for me. I love bread. I love cheese (especially of the goat variety). And I love chorizo. Not only is the recipe easy as can be, but it sounds and looks quite sophisticated. In other words: If you want to impress guests but don't cook very often, look no further. Click here to see 11 Easy Appetizer Recipes.
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Pasta with White Bean and Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Parmesan
Really simple, really easy, and packed with flavor, this pasta with white bean and tomato sauce is one of my favorites. While the variations on this sauce are endless (a suggestion I love is spicing it up with some kale and cabbage, or switching the white beans out for some kidney beans), this combination is a good staple. The beans and fire-roasted tomatoes give a hearty element to the dish (not to mention the pasta), but fresher notes are brought to life with the cold, crisp arugula and shaved Parmesan topping. Oh, and add some crushed red pepper flakes for some added spice (if the fire-roasted tomatoes aren't already enough).  Click here to see Eat Your Legumes — They're Good for You.
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The Pina Colada cocktail recipe
This true summer cocktail, the piña colada, is served at the Teardrop Cocktail Lounge in Portland. Click here for the Ultimate Summer Cocktail Party. 
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One of golf's most prestigious tournaments, the Ryder Cup, is about to take place in Chicago; but in two years (the tournament's every two years), it'll be returning to an old location: the Gleneagles hotel in Scotland. As the golf world gets ready for another match-up, the Gleaneagles' hotel bar manager, Paul Danskin, has mixed up a whiskey cocktial to celebrate the Ryder Cup — and prepare for its return to Scotland. Golf fan or not, it's an easy sip for fall. 
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Tzimmes is a traditional Jewish stew of apples and dried fruit sweetened with honey. Here is a simple recipe your readers can easily make from chef Marc Taxiera of The Russian Tea Room, located in New York City. See all stew recipes.
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Moros y Cristianos
Yes, Moros y Cristianos, the common Cuban name for this ubiquitous side dish, translates as "Moors and Christians." And yes, the black beans are taken for the dark-skinned Moors while the white rice grains are the lighter-complected Christians. And that's all I have to say about that. The dish itself, though, I could talk about all day; it is easy, absolutely delicious, and part-and-parcel of any proper Cuban barbecue. The base is a classic Cuban sofrito of onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, chiles, herbs, and spices. The resting step at the end helps make the rice moist yet fluffy. See all rice recipes. Click here to see Taking 'The Latin Road Home.'
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Pho and Champagne in Bed
When people ask me what my dream date is, I politely reply, "Champagne and pho... in bed!" Whether you're snuggled up with your sweetie, on your own in comfy pajamas, or with some girlfriends, this recipe is a mega-hit (sure, even at the good old dinner table). Enjoy one of my all-time favorites! To save time, use premade chicken stock and a cooked rotisserie chicken. Pair with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. See all noodle recipes. Click here to see Getting Sexy in the Kitchen, 1 Day at a Time.
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Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
This dessert is easy, flavorful, and gluten-free. The red wine is reduced to a delicious, lovely syrup flavored with vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf, and a bit of mascarpone cream on top of each pear adds an extra touch of sweetness to each serving. See all pear recipes.  Click here to see A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.
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Vegetarian Chili
Beans are an ideal source of Clean-Eating protein and even those who aren’t vegetarian love this “meaty” meatless chili recipe. It is still a satisfying version of chili without losing out on hearty flavor. Use leftovers in a wrap for lunch the next day.Click here to see A Healthy Super Bowl Menu.
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Baachan's Miso Soup
For 92 years (and counting!), my baachan (Japanese grandmother) has been making this soup. She raised four beautiful daughters through World War II — so she knows a little something about comfort food. My big sis and I sought out baachan's recipe, which is nothing like your watered-down sushi bar miso. This is hearty, comforting, and as authentic as Japanese food gets. See all miso recipes. Click here to see Getting Sexy in the Kitchen, 1 Day at a Time.
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We all know kids love eating mac and cheese, so why not serve them a healthy one and make it a win-win for both parents and kids? This recipe from Chelsea Table's chef David Seigal uses organic ingredients to make a mac and cheese that's nutritious and delicious.
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'Tis the season for pumpkin everything. This recipe puts a twist on regular chili with puréed pumpkin and a little dark chocolate. See all chili recipes. Click here to see Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!
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