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Dried Plum & Toasted Oat Muffins

Dried plums (prunes) are always available, but in fresh plum season, you can make these with diced firm-ripe plums. The best type of fresh plum to use would be a so-called prune plum, because its flesh is quite dense and not too wet.

Toasted-Oat Banana Bread

Toasting heart-healthy oats brings out their nutty flavor, underscoring the flavor of the walnuts.

Tarragon Mushroom Salad

This is a great make-ahead salad and perfect for a brown-bag lunch.

Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasting pears intensifies their flavor while making them soft and tender. Choose firm pears, such as Bosc, for this recipe. The pears can be roasted in advance and refrigerated. Bring them to room temperature before serving.

Banana-Peanut Smoothie

This can be whipped up in a minute and is great for a work-day or school-day breakfast.

Tomato & Cannellini Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing

Roasting mellows the garlic’s pungency, and the soft cooked garlic adds both texture and flavor to the herbed dressing for this bean and tomato salad.

Orange-Chili Oil

While this does have hot pepper flakes, it's heat is not the first thing that you taste. You're initial taste is orange, from the zest and the juice with a follow-up of heat from the red pepper flakes. If you like your oil hotter, add more red pepper flakes and use a hot chili powder. Use to drizzle over bread, grilled vegetables or to toss with pasta.

Chili-Rubbed Snapper

Garlic powder is an extremely convenient ingredient for use in dry rubs. If you were to use chopped fresh garlic on the surface of this baked fish, you would run the risk of burning the garlic. Serve the fish with any of the salsas in the pantry section.

Orange-Balsamic Dressing

If you haven’t got honey mustard on hand, substitute 1 tablespoon of mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of honey.

Baked Ratatouille

This baked ratatouille is considerably less fussy than the traditional dish, which is cooked on the stovetop. Here you just throw all the ingredients in a baking dish. It's a good make-ahead dish and is good warm, at room temperature, or cold. If you can find canned diced tomatoes with basil and/or garlic, it would be a nice flavor addition to this dish.