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Easy Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.5 stars
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What could be a more perfect ending to a summertime meal than easy peach cobbler? Savor the flavors of summer with sliced fresh peaches cooking away with butter and spices. The topping can made from pantry ingredients you have on hand and peaches can easily be substituted with any fruit you have depending on the time of year. The tang of the lemon juice paired with the sweetness of the peaches is perfectly balanced with the crisp topping. Want to make dessert even better? A dollop of fresh whipped cream or cold vanilla ice cream truly makes it the perfect way to end a summer night.

The Classic Burger

Rating: 5 stars
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Sink your teeth into a delicious restaurant-style, hamburger recipe made from lean beef. Skip the prepackaged patties and take the extra time to craft up your own, and that little extra effort will be worth it. To make cheeseburgers, about 1 minute before burgers are done, top with sliced cheese; continue cooking until cheese begins to melt.
By Linda Lau Anusasananan

Pan-Seared Strip Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This fantastic strip steak is the perfect dinner for date night or any special occasion that deserves something extra delicious on the table. A little butter adds richness and keeps the leaner-than-usual beef moist without adding much in the way of total fat. Don't know how to cook steak on the stove? No worries! Not only is this one of our best steak recipes, it's incredibly easy. However, a word of caution: This recipe is smoky! Keep your exhaust fan on high or cook in a skillet on a hot outdoor grill.
By Robin Bashinsky

Best Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Truly our best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home. For more flavor, try toasting the nuts and coconut before adding them to the batter. It's important to cool the cakes completely before frosting, otherwise the frosting will just melt right off. To expediate the cooling process, you can put the cakes on their wire racks in the freezer (don't worry, it's not cheating), checking until they're thoroughly cool. This is a cake you can bake for any occasion. We recommend this cake anytime from Easter to Christmas.

Firecracker Grilled Salmon

Rating: 4.5 stars
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From the Kitchen of Amy Clarke, Fairfax, VA, the-savvy-kitchen.com"Perfect for family or company, this recipe is rich in flavor but light enough to keep your waistline in check."
By Amy Clarke, Fairfax, VA

The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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The Cheesecake Factory has more than 30 cheesecake flavors, but it's the original that makes us swoon. Try this copycat version, from the book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2.

Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 3 stars
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For an easy take on this Russian classic, try the recipe from All You Reader Andrea Einarson.

Chicken Asparagus Pasta

Our Chicken Asparagus Pasta celebrates spring flavors, but it still easy and comes together quickly. The creamy sauce is balanced by the lemon juice and zest, which cuts the fat and makes the dish feel a little lighter. Feel free to add other in-season produce, like chopped Brussels sprouts or garlic scapes. Plus, all those herbs and the asparagus add a freshness to the sauce. All ingredients are easy to source, but you can also utilize leftover chicken or veggies to make this even more economical.
By Jasmine Smith

Quick and Easy Green Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Here's a fast, efficient way to cook green beans (and other vegetables), eliminating the fuss of bringing a large pot of water to a boil or draining the veggies. (Cost for 4: $1.12)
By Robin Bashinsky

Sheet-Pan Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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Shrimp Scampi, a no-fail family favorite, has legitimately never been easier—oh, and we upgraded it with veggies, too. All the flavorful magic of this recipe happens on the sheet pan: Roasting shrimp, cooking broccoli and tomatoes, and creating a vibrantly mouthwatering lemon-butter sauce.
By Nicole McLaughlin

Slow-Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

Rating: 2.5 stars
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The best part about this easy and delicious Hashbrown Casserole is that the slow cooker does all the work. Add the ingredients to the pot and forget it! In the morning you will have a perfectly cooked breakfast or brunch waiting for you.
By Jessica Robertson, Fishers, IN

Oreo Microwave Mug Cake

Only 2 ingredients, and it couldn't be easier. This decadent Oreo mug cake is calling your name.
By Nicole McLaughlin
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Inspiration and Ideas

Best Steak Fajitas

For a seriously satisfying dinner at home, look no further than this foolproof steak fajita recipe. 

Susan’s Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

On the surface, so simple. A moist, richly banana-flavored, two-layer cake with a dark chocolate frosting. No frills or fancies. No nuts, chocolate chips or chunks, no crispy bits or coconut. Just a basic banana cake with a simple chocolate frosting. And yet, in the marriage of these two tastes something extraordinary happens. It is cake alchemy.

Farfalle with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This farfalle recipe scored high in our Test Kitchens for its rich flavor and ultracreamy texture. The exotic mushroom blend, a combination of shiitake, cremini, and oyster mushrooms, is sold in eight-ounce packages. If unavailable, you can use all cremini mushrooms.