How To Make the Best Pasta Salad Without Mayo — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I have to admit an unpopular opinion: I am just not into mayonnaise-based summer salads. When it is hot out, I want to eat light and refreshing salads, not thick and creamy ones. So when I say this is the best pasta salad ever, it’s with that opinion in mind. But a mayo-free pasta salad can still come with a degree of creaminess. In this case it’s by way of an olive oil-rich vinaigrette and a sprinkling of flavorful soft cheese.

Start by choosing the right pasta for the job, making an oil-based dressing, and adding some personal flair with a number of optional add-ins. Learn how to make your new favorite pasta salad right here, right now.


How Becoming a Mom Changed My Mind About All-Inclusives — Family Vacation

There’s this common misconception among soon-to-be-parents that life will be — more or less — the same after kids. As the mother of a toddler and a baby, I can say that this is most certainly not the case. Life with kids changes all sorts of things, including how I want to vacation.

I used to think that all-inclusive resorts were for spring-breakers in it for the all-you-can-drink aspect, budget-strapped retirees who live for buffets (even bad ones), or folks too lazy to plan their own adventures. But once I became a mom, I saw all-inclusive vacations for the sanity-savers they really are.

Having kids broadened my understanding of the all-inclusive, and now I’m hooked. Here are three reasons why.


20 No-Cook Dinners to Keep in Your Meal Plan This Summer — Recipes from The Kitchn

It might not feel like it right this minute, but summer is coming — and with it those hot and humid days when the extra heat from the oven feels unbearable. On these days, and also on hurried evenings when you’re too rushed or tired to even think about cooking, no-cook dinners are your savior.

These recipes come with the promise that the stove and oven stay off, and are more about assembly than actual cooking. From zucchini noodle bowls to chicken summer rolls, you’ll want these 20 recipes in your summer meal plan.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Using Up BBQ Leftovers — Next Week’s Meal Plan

On the heels of Memorial Day barbecues and picnics, we have a ton of leftovers in the fridge. Not wanting to waste any of it — and hoping to cut myself some slack on meal prep this week — I’m basing my meal plan on what’s left in the fridge this week.

Not to worry — most of my leftovers are classic Memorial Day fare. Things like grilled chicken, salsa from a poolside picnic, and leftover hard-boiled eggs from a batch of a potato salad are things you might have on hand any given week this summer, so here are five meals that make the most of barbecue leftovers for the week ahead.


Recipe: Seasonal Fruit Chaat — Ramadan Recipes from The Kitchn

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Fruit chaat, a spiced fruit salad, is a ubiquitous iftar fruit dish, present on pretty much every South Asian iftar table. You could argue that there really is no recipe for chaat and if there was, the variations would number in the hundreds if not thousands, as it changes with the seasons and according to each family’s taste. Traditionally, in India and Pakistan, fruit chaat, a type of spiced fruit salad, is made with apples, oranges, bananas, and guava, if they are in season. But the vital part of what makes chaat is the chaat masala.


Recipe: Summer Squash Risotto — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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A creamy, comforting bowl of risotto can be yours for the eating even on a weeknight. Add grated zucchini for a healthy helping of summer vegetables; chop some fresh, fragrant basil; and, of course, throw in a few handfuls of Parmesan cheese and you have a delicious vegetarian dinner to enjoy. Yes, there’s some stirring involved, but pour yourself a glass of wine and put on a podcast or some music, and let the repetition be a relaxing meditation on the deliciousness to come.


5 Tips for Making Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker — Tips from The Kitchn

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Just about every recipe for homemade ice cream calls for an ice cream maker, but what if you don’t have one?

Well, it certainly doesn’t mean that homemade ice cream is out of the question for you! You don’t actually need an ice cream maker to make a cool and creamy treat at home. Here are five ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.