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Chocolate and peanut butter are a definite contender for best dessert duo. Personally, my love for the pairing has a lot to do with the irresistible combination of sweet and salty.

These rich, chocolatey brownies with enticing swirls of peanut butter throughout send my taste buds into a tizzy with every bite. (And it doesn’t hurt that they’re so visually appealing.)

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This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

Being a military family, we don’t always have the luxury of all of us being in the same house, let alone the same country. When the mission allows us to share dinners together as a family, as it does this month, we are grateful.

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A big slice of fruit-filled summer pie demands a scoop of something creamy and cool alongside — it’s just not the same without!

But if you or your guests are avoiding dairy for any reason, we don’t want you to miss out on the fun. Start with a vegan pie crust and then pair your pie with a pint of NadaMoo!

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Pound cake is the best friend of the dessert world. It’s not fussy. It can be dressed up with whipped cream and berries, slathered with butter and placed on a grill, or simply sliced and enjoyed alongside a steaming cup of coffee. It’s happy to be loved exactly as it is.

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Pasta has so much going for it: it’s inexpensive, it’s easy to cook, and it’s a blank canvas for the continuous parade of fresh veggies that appear from May through September.

I’m pretty certain I make pasta more in the summer than in the winter — and if that’s not the case, I’m definitely more creative and less inclined toward red sauces in the summertime!

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Here’s a light dinner that’s easy to make last-minute and doesn’t heat up your kitchen! Pressure cook the savory chicken filling, then spoon it into lettuce wraps for an easy meal.

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One of my favorite things to do when I’m entertaining people in the summer months is to serve something very casual and familiar—but then add an unexpected twist.

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Get in line, boys and girls! It’s popsicle time!

When our son had the good sense to leave home after college, popsicles became obsolete in our kid-free zone. Silly me.

It’s time for a comeback. Those cooling, refreshing treats are going to be in my freezer all summer!

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This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

Mid-June in Central Texas brings a whole new meaning to “The Dog Days of Summer.” It is HOT, y’all!

Because of that, I’m looking to create meals that require little to no heat in the kitchen, those that will cool me down, and others that I can set and forget. I’m so glad for sweet tea and cool breezes!

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This content was produced in partnership with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a public/private partnership between the state of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry to promote its wild, natural, and sustainable seafood.

Show of hands: How many of you have stood in front of the fish case, gazing back and forth between your choices and had absolutely no idea what to buy?

We don’t mean just choosing between salmon or halibut for dinner, but what is truly the best choice? Wild-caught or farmed? Pacific or Atlantic fish? Is this particular species being overfished? Is this fish safe to eat? Is it worth the price?

Among all the choices available to us, there is one name that we feel you can trust, and that’s Alaska seafood.

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Hello June and welcome to month 6 of our Monthly Produce Guide!

With June comes the tail end of spring and the the start of the glorious bountiful summer produce season.

What a month for fruit! Strawberries starting coming in a month ago, and now they are joined by cherries, apricots, and blueberries. It’s the season for tropical fruit as well—pineapples, mangoes, and papaya.

For veggies, we may still find remnants of spring—local asparagus, morels, favas, and sweet peas. The first zucchini of the season arrive, as well as cucumbers, peppers, and even corn. Lettuces abound, along with radishes, carrots, and cauliflower.

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Grilled pork chops and steaks–and other typical dude foods—are pretty much a gimme for Father’s Day. So we polled a bunch of our dad friends and decided to find out what they really want to eat on Father’s Day.

Did they want dude food? Did they want something else? Some of the responses are what you might expect – and we’re including a few of those in this round-up as well!—but a few of the answers might surprise you.

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As a kid, I ate a lot of cobblers in the summers when visiting my grandparents. We’d spend days picking ripe fruit from the bushes that grew wild in the hills surrounding their home, and bring it home for Grandma to make into cobbler. I think it was my grandma’s go-to dessert because on a warm day, it’s simply easier and quicker to make than pie—no chilling the pastry!

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Trust me, I love grilled meats as much as the next dude blogger, but I also want to feed something delicious to my vegetarian friends, and store-bought frozen veggie patties don’t always get the job done. I find so many of them to be under-seasoned and mushy.

So, say hello to these Green Goddess Veggie Burgers!

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Marinated meats grilled over glowing coals, called satays in Southeast Asia, have an irresistible combination of sweetness, heat, acid, and spice that is downright addictive.

Travel to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Cambodia, and you’ll find these popular snacks on every corner.

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When I was a little girl, the doll Strawberry Shortcake ruled my world. I asked for strawberry ice cream and strawberry cake every year for my birthday. One year, I even had strawberry scented scratch-and-sniff wrapping paper on my presents.

Now that I’m older, I’ve given up dolls, but not my love of strawberries. I grow strawberry plants in my garden, and I eagerly anticipate plucking the sweet berries from them each June. At the top of my strawberry-loving list is ice cream.

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This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and Army wife – and she is also one of our Simply Recipes recipe testers!

For me, and most other military families, June means “See You Later.” Summer is the time of year when members of our military are moving to their next duty stations en masse — we refer to it as “PCS Season” (or “Permanent Change of Station” Season).

It’s a time for cleaning out pantries, bringing easy to heat-and-eat meals to our departing neighbors, and tearful goodbyes.

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Let’s talk about air fryers. Do you have one? Do you want one? What do you cook with it — or want to cook?! Tell us everything.

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The allure of ordering your favorite takeout meal on a crazy weeknight can be almost impossible to resist, whether it’s Indian, Chinese, Thai, or the perennial favorite—pizza. It can feel like a necessary indulgence when life gets ahead of you.

However, sometimes it can be fun to cook your own takeout menu favorites at home!

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As a kid, I thought deviled eggs were quite possibly just that: Of the devil.

Not that I ever ate them. Even now that I have the gift of hindsight, I can’t say what governed my sensibilities around deviled eggs as a child. Or any other food for that matter, which is a common trial many parents face when feeding their children. I was no exception.

The fact that deviled eggs looked kind of gross—regardless of the fact that I actually loved eggs, mustard, and mayo—was reason enough.

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