Spanish Scrambled Eggs

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Scrambled eggs are a great base for experimentation. Simply scramble a small portion of eggs, then start piling on ingredients like chorizo, asparagus, and zucchini. To make them into Spanish revueltas , add more filling than egg. Learn more here .
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Oatmeal

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Enjoy oatmeal any time of day by experimenting with different toppings. Add brown sugar, nuts, and cream for breakfast, or greens, cheese, and butter for dinner. Learn more here .
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Formula for a Perfect Breakfast

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Start with a savory base, like vegetables or pasta, add grated or shaved Parmesan and a fried egg, and you have a versatile formula for a very satisfying breakfast. Learn more here .
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A Taste of Vacation

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Going on vacation can bring great inspiration to your kitchen. Try recreating your favorite dishes at home or, as Regina Charboneau did to the fritters she had in the French West Indies, make them even better. Learn more here .
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Polenta

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Polenta has endless variations: Eat it warm and soft from the pot; let it cool, slice it, and bake or fry it; top with everything from cheese and butter to tomato sauce or honey. Learn more here .
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Relish

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Forget about topping your hot dog with bright green relish from a plastic packet; homemade is much better. Try one of Regina Charboneau's recipes, like orange-green tomato relish , or create your own. Learn more here .
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Flavored Oils


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Olive oil can be infused with everything from herbs like cilantro, rosemary, and thyme, to lemon and orange zest, to garlic. Pick your favorite flavor, mash with a pinch of salt, and slowly drizzle in the oil. Learn more here .

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Olives

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Like olive oil, olives offer endless opportunities to experiment. First try making Sally Schneider's warm olivada , braised fennel with olives , or olives with rosemary . Then try developing your own recipe, or simply tossing the olives in your favorite flavored oil. View recipe here .

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Equation for an Ideal Dessert

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Start by roasting fruit or warming it on the stovetop, add cooked pastry dough and whipped cream, ice cream, or a sauce, and you have a simple and delicious dessert. Use any fruit from figs and berries to peaches and apples to eat this dish any season. Learn more here .
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Essential Chocolate Cake

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If you're more of a chocolate person than a fruit person, try improvising with this simple chocolate cake. Add flavors like chili powder, curry, almond, or Earl Gray tea to turn it into something exotic. View recipe here .

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Whipped Cream with Salt

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A pinch of salt added to whipped cream brings out the cream's sweetness and makes it the perfect addition to the rich chocolate cake. Come up with some unexpected combinations of your own--you might be surprised. Learn more here .
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Milkshakes, All Grown Up

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Turn the childhood favorite into an adult treat by adding your favorite liquor to vanilla ice cream. Or get even more adventurous by experimenting with different ice cream flavors as well. Learn more here .

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