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New Orleans Vegetable Stew

Some people adore okra...but lots of people don't. If you fall into the latter category, make this jambalaya-style stew with 2 cups of zucchini or yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, instead of okra.

Ginger Lemonade

Adding ginger to lemonade considerably ups its health quotient. This recipe calls for a full pound of ginger, which makes a moderately strong-tasting beverage. For an even more potent "hit" of ginger, use an additional 1/4 to 1/2 pound. Fortunately, you don't have to peel all that ginger, just slice it.

Simple Broiled Flank Steak

The simplest of seasonings is all you need for lean flank steak, in this case a sweet-tart glaze of currant jelly and lemon juice. Cook the steak quickly under the broiler so it will stay juicy, and then carve it across the grain into thin slices. This helps make the pieces of steak tender.

Caesar Salad

The Caesar Salad was invented in 1924 by Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur in Tijuana, Mexico. The original, which included raw eggs, has undergone some modernization over the years. Shredding Parmesan from a block of cheese instead of using pregrated adds a nice touch to this classic American salad.

Red Onion Marmalade

In the past decade or so, restaurant chefs decided to adopt the term marmalade (technically a fruit preserve with pieces of fruit suspended in a clear jelly) and apply it to onion relishes such as this. Maybe it’s because the sweetness of onions makes them a natural partner of meat and poultry, much like certain fruit sauces (think duck à l’orange). This sweet-and-sour onion marmalade can be made a week in advance and refrigerated until serving time.

Swordfish with Roasted Corn & Pepper Salsa

The high, dry heat of a very hot (500°) oven here seals in the juices of these steaks, rendering them particularly moist. Try this method of cooking with any thick-cut fish steaks, such as halibut or tuna.

Breakfast Bread Pudding with Apple-Raspberry Sauce

For a real treat, you could serve the bread pudding topped with some fresh raspberries and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Fresh Vidalia Onion Relish

Vidalia onions are sweet and mild. If they aren’t in season you may be able to find another sweet onion such as a Walla Walla or a Texas 1020. If not, substitute a red onion.

Masa Harina Pancake Mix

Masa harina, a ground-hominy flour used for making tortillas, is available at many supermarkets. Buttermilk powder, too, is available at many supermarkets, but if you can’t find it, use nonfat dry milk powder, omit the baking soda, and increase the baking powder to 5 teaspoons. Be warned that the cocoa, which gives the pancakes a rich flavor, also gives them a sort of gray color: But just close your eyes, because they are delicious. The dry mix recipe makes a total of 4 cups, enough for four batches of 8 pancakes.