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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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Hummus Among Us

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Homemade hummus is zingy and wholesome, and wildly inexpensive. It makes an ideal lunch-box addition with a handful of carrot sticks and pita chips, and also makes a great sandwich spread. Give this easy, tasty recipe a try.

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Beet Walnut Dip

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Dipping can be a great way to introduce your kids to a food they are suspicious of. Partly it's because everything tastes good on a chip, and partly it's because dips are usually seductively salty and tangy and flavorful. This beet dip is stunningly beautiful and so rich and tangy and wonderful that I will eat and eat it until it is gone. The sherry vinegar is my favorite vinegar to liven up the flavor of anything with roots or nuts, and the beet dip has both; the vinegar is earthy and nutty itself -- just lovely -- and a little goes a long way.

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Zuke-A-Ganoush Dip

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I am a fan of eating dip for dinner, or packing it up for a school lunch. Because that's how it is around here. And I don't mean that bacon-horseradish dip and Ruffles makes a perfectly fine meal, although, yum. But hummus and bean dips and veggie dips -- why not? The zuke dip is, like its eggplanty cousin baba ganoush, addictively garlicky, minty, and lemony, with a smoky vegetal undercurrent from the zucchini. If it's the zucchini you're most desperate to use up, the flesh of the behemoths tends to be excessively seedy and watery. So, in a pinch (I do this), you could quarter a huge one lengthwise and slice out and discard the super-seedy interior before proceeding with the recipe. That works just fine.

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Asparagus in Blankets

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Fresh asparagus combines with cheese and tomatoes in this easy baked appetizer.

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Asparagus Rafts

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Turn fresh asparagus into tasty, golden rafts with this playful recipe.

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Asparagus with Delicious Dip

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This recipe for super-fresh asparagus brings out its mellow sweetness, along with a delicious mayo, lemon, garlic and chipotle dip. A perfect veggie dish for an appetizer or side.

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