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Arugula Salad with Honey-Drizzled Peaches

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Rich, nutty pecans complement the creamy tang of the goat cheese and peppery arugula balances the sweet juicy peaches and drizzle of honey in a simple, satisfying salad that lets the pure flavors of the ingredients shine.

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Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

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A touch of coconut milk—infused with fresh ginger for a subtle kick—complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.

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Strawberry Coolers

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A batch of this good-for-you refresher turns a lazy summer afternoon into a party, with appeal for thirsty kids of all ages.

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Family Fun & Food for the 4th of July

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Want to throw an Independence Day bash that will really wow family and friends? By getting your child involved in every step of the planning and execution, you'll get a lot more help when it comes time to clean, pick up the yard and set up picnic tables.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits

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To celebrate spring's fresh strawberries, our Test Kitchen jazzed up old-fashioned tapioca pudding. Grinding the tapioca in a blender makes the texture creamier, maple syrup adds seasonal sweetness and whipping cream gives these...

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Grilled Filet Mignon with Vegetable Kebabs

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You might be tempted to save beef filet for special occasions, but this low-fat cut is actually perfect weekday fare: it cooks up fast, stays juicy and carries other flavors perfectly. The kebabs are a wonderful mix of lemon,...

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Creating a Fairy Tale Tea Party

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Some fun idea for tea party themes and games. It turns out tea parties aren't just for little girls anymore.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

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Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

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