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Day 15: Holy Mole (Sauce)!

One of the coolest things about working in the test kitchen (and sometimes the most frustrating) is seeing a recipe change from start to finish. Can you imagine how many incarnations some of the recipes included in Month of Dinners went through before they ended up in the magazine? LOTS! Last weekend I made Charlyne’s Roasted Chicken with Mole Sauce. Having […]

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Day 14: A Seafood and Pasta Recipe

Today’s recipe, Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil Pasta, was prepared by Kaitlyn Pirie, one of Real Simple’s reporter/researchers. When I first saw the photo of the Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil Pasta in the October issue, I was worried that the dish might not be flavorful enough since most of the ingredients are the same color. I’m a big pasta […]

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How to Peel Squash

Now that this cool weather staple is starting to show up in farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and CSA boxes across the country, it’s time you knew how to prepare it, too. If you cook squash with the skin on, then simply cut it open, and scrape out the insides. But if you want to peel it before you cook it, […]

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Day 13: A New Way to Serve Lamb Chops

Today’s recipe, Lamb Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Feta, was prepared by Julia Gilfillan, RealSimple.com‘s audience development manager. I hesitated to cook a meal from Month of Dinners for the same reason I rarely cook anything other than pasta these days—our smoke detector.  I live in a fairly small apartment and our “kitchen” basically consists of a sink, fridge and […]

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Day 12: An Easy Vegetarian Dinner

Today’s recipe, Chickpea-Spinach Curry with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, was prepared by Kathleen Murray Harris, managing editor of RealSimple.com. I am always on the hunt for hearty meatless meals for my eats-meat-now-but-is-still-a-vegetarian-at-heart husband so this recipe for Chickpea-Spinach Curry with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce caught my eye. Plus, I’m crazy for anything with curry powder that takes less than 30 minutes. First, remember to put […]

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Day 11: A Delicious Pork Loin Recipe

Today’s recipe, Pork Loin with Sautéed Cauliflower and Capers, was prepared by Didi Gluck, Real Simple’s beauty and health director. Like several of my fellow bloggers, I’m a second-year participant in Month of Dinners. It’s entirely possible, in fact, that the last time I actually cooked a nice totally homemade dinner for my family was last year for this very […]

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Day 10: A New Take on Pasta

Today’s recipe, Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes, was prepared by Antigoni Gouras, one of the producers on RealSimple.com. I got very excited when I was assigned Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes because it coincided with my trip to my hair salon which is located in a very Italian section of Brooklyn and gave me an excuse to visit my go-to […]

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Easy Potluck Ideas

Earlier this week a friend asked me to help him make an entrée for an international potluck lunch he was supposed to participate in at work. When we were planning the dish, he made two recipe suggestions: chicken paprikash and shepherd’s pie. I suggested going with the latter since it would be easier to double the recipe and serve to […]

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Day 9: Shrimp Tacos

Today’s recipe, Shrimp Tacos with Black Beans, was prepared by Lindsay Hunt, Real Simple’s food assistant. I tend to cook mostly vegetarian dinners, so I don’t have much experience with making shrimp.  The month of dinners recipe for Shrimp Tacos with Black Beans seemed like the perfect time to get acquainted. The beans come first: sauté scallions and then add […]

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Create a Recipe Index

If you can never seem to find your favorite recipe (was it in the red cookbook, or last month’s Real Simple), try creating a recipe index to easily put your hands on what you’re looking for. Whether you use a card file, or even a document on your computer, record these things about each recipe: Title of the Recipe The […]

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