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Yum: One-Pot Chicken Thighs with Rice, Tomatoes and Greens

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I’ve always preferred legs to breasts – on chickens, of course ūüėČ ¬† Bone-in chicken thighs especially have¬†so much more character (a.k.a. fat) than chicken breasts. And the price! You just can’t beat it, especially when it’s on sale.

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That’s like 50 cents per thigh! Wowza. With the help of some bright, fresh ingredients, these chicken thighs make¬†a meal that’s balanced, satisfying and deeply flavorful – and you only need to dirty¬†one pot! See how after the jump.

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Yum: Almost-No-Bake Berries & Cream Cheese Pie

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Summer berries are here, huzzah! To celebrate, I was going to make¬†a typical fruit tart with cream cheese filling. But then I remembered this wonderful berry pie recipe from Cooks Illustrated¬†and decided to combine the two. It takes some time to put together, but if you like berries and the tangy richness¬†of cream cheese, this pie’s¬†for you!

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Yum: Vietnamese Summer Roll Party

Ever notice that¬†customizing your food makes it taste better? There’s something about being involved in the process and making choices for¬†yourself… it’s no wonder places like Chipotle and Yogurtland are doing gangbusters. So why not use this basic human psychology for your next lunch party? After the jump, see how to put together a Vietnamese Summer Roll spread so people can make their own, maybe learn something new and definitely have a blast!

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Yum: Chocolate-Raspberry Crepe Cake with Whipped Cream

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One day I had way too much leftover whipped cream (you know, it happens sometimes..). See my spoon drowning in the excess? My roommate suggested I just throw it away to which I gasped audibly and dramatically. WASTE this heavenly, pillowy goodness?

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Instead, I decided to make a crepe cake РI had been wanting to try one and this was the perfect opportunity. See how I punched up the flavor after the jump!

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The Best Way to Store Fresh Herbs

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My friend came to visit recently with bunches of fresh-cut herbs from her backyard. Instead of hiding them in plastic bags in the fridge like I usually do, she treated them like flowers and put them in a glass containers filled with water.

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They kept fresh for two weeks this way! All I had to do is change the water every few days when it started to get cloudy.

These herbal displays added such a vibrant, natural touch to the kitchen (even the curly parsley looks gorgeous!). And since they were right in front of my eyes, I used them all up instead of letting them go slimy in the fridge.

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This is¬†so perfect for me because I’ve never been a huge fan of cut flowers. They’re beautiful for special occasions but then they die and go in the trash and I can’t help but think about how much land and water it’s taken to cultivate them, just to be looked at for a few days.

But herbs! They’re¬†so wonderfully¬†useful and flavorful and nutritious.¬†They’re key to the culinary identity of so many cultures. I heart them. And I can’t think of a better way to store them than this natural, low energy, beautiful¬†display.

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