Oven-Fried Calamari

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One of my occasional “cheats” used to be the deep-fried version of this appetizing appetizer. No more cheating necessary.

Shrimp Scampi

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This is a simple and easy rendition of the classic without its heart-stopping butter. Plus, it’s only one step! For a richer version, add a few tablespoons of cashew cream.

Cheesy Grits

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So savory and satisfying to warm your tummy in the morning. Save extras for a great dinner side dish.

Simple Cranberry Sauce

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My favorite regular family dinner is “Thanksgiving.” I make it at least once a month and can prepare it from beginning to end in less than an hour-and-a-half. Make the cranberry sauce first so it has time to chill.

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche

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Here’s an easy idea for a make-ahead brunch dish. The dash of nutmeg brings out the spinach flavor. Thanks to my amazing recipe tester, Meg, for this perfect enhancement.

Matzo Ball Soup

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Every holiday, I would make my kids and friends matzo ball soup. My vegan husband and I would enviously watch as they moaned with pleasure. Well, step aside, my loved ones, and share some of those fluffy dumplings with us.

Shepherd’s Pie

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It’s a cold winter night. Throw on your furry slippers and warmest PJs and cozy up to this hearty treat. Dining solo? Divide it into smaller casseroles and freeze what’s left.

Enchilada Casserole

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I reluctantly (and fearfully) shared my test batch of this recipe with my dear Mexican friend, Maresa. The next day she told me her family was happy to take any of my experiments. Phew!