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Sweet and Spicy Tomato Glaze

This easy glaze is so much more than “just” a coating for meat. Use it as your house BBQ sauce, serve it as a dip, and of course, it works well on anything from ribs to chicken to tofu. It’s so delicious that it might be worth planning an entire potluck around this sauce, which is a perfect foil for rich and crispy fried chicken and cold potato salad. Shopping tip: tomato paste in a tube is a game-changer for home cooks. Instead of needing to transfer the remaining tomato paste from a can into a storage container, the tube stays fresh long term in the fridge and you can squeeze out what you need.

Garlicky Pan Con Tomate

All hail the ripe summer tomato, potentially a perfect food. Here, the inside of the tomato is the star: the juicy sweet-tart pulp adorns garlic-rubbed, toasted ciabatta, proving that simple food doesn’t mean boring. The pan con tomate can be the main meal (eat enough of the addictive toast and you’ll definitely get full), or top with tuna, capers, and a hard-boiled egg to make a filling open-faced sandwich. The recipe calls for broiling the ciabatta halves, but it’s worth opting for a grill, if you have one. The delicious charred flavor will accentuate the bright tomato pulp.

Cider-Mustard Glaze

A good glaze recipe earns its keep, and this is no exception. Tart cider vinegar balances a generous serving of light brown sugar, and the whole-grain mustard seeds add spicy heat and texture. This sauce goes well with meats that don’t have too strong a flavor: pork or chicken marry nicely and don’t compete. Make this a fall meal with roasted sweet potatoes and apples, or lean into summer flavors with ears of grilled corn or peaches.

Make it Yourself: Fresh Salsa

Once you’ve made your own fresh salsa (also known as pico de gallo), you might never go back to store-bought. You’ll start by salting plum tomatoes—known for their crisp texture—to draw out the delicious juices, and then mix in red onion, cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño. As for the heat level, the seeds are the key. Not so into spice? Skip the small white seeds inside the jalapeño. Want to go hot? Keep ‘em in. Serve the salsa with tortilla chips, over fish tacos, or to brighten up your morning scrambled eggs.

Day Dill Pickles

A snappy, crisp pickle is an essential go-to recipe for any home cook. Thankfully, your search can be over. This easy recipe combines standard elements—dill, garlic, and mustard seeds—with Persian cucumbers instead of the classic Kirby. That’s good news because Persian cucumbers have a high skin-to-flesh ratio, which makes these pickles extra crunchy. Using apple cider vinegar (as opposed to more traditionally used distilled vinegar), adds a distinct tart-sweet note to the spears. Some serving ideas: serve whole with hors d’oeuvres, chop and stir into salads, or muddle up with vodka for a twist on a dirty martini.

Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Burgers With Carrot Slaw

Burgers are great, but sometimes it’s nice to mix up what’s between the bun. Here the answer is excitingly original: hoisin-glazed chicken burgers. Simple chicken patties get tons of flavor here, thanks to a finishing glaze of delicious hoisin sauce. Topped with a lime-infused carrot slaw, which has a generous serving of cilantro and mint, too, this burger is not only tasty, but fresh and hearty. If you make the carrot topping ahead, make sure to drain off any extra liquid before topping the patties to avoid making the buns soggy.

Simple Syrup

Once you realize how easy making simple syrup is, you’re likely to keep a batch in your fridge at all times. The syrup is just equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar is dissolved and suspended in a liquid. This means that you can sweeten any drink and get an even dispersal of sweetness throughout. Sugar syrup easily takes on other flavors, so once you’ve got the hang of the method, try infusing it with ingredients like cinnamon or lemon peel. Add your pick after the syrup comes to a boil and let the syrup take on the flavor as it cools. Remove before bottling for a subtle flavor, or leave in for something more intense.

Make It Yourself: Hummus

Hummus is so common now that some people might not even realize that hummus is not a food, but in fact a kind of dip. So, what’s in hummus, then? Well, it’s made from chickpeas and tahini (aka sesame paste) with garlic, lemon, olive oil, and ground coriander for seasoning. It’s easy to make, especially with canned chickpeas, and it’s tastier than anything store bought. Once you get the hang of how to make hummus, you can tweak the flavors to your liking. Try mixing it up with roasted garlic cloves, roasted red peppers, or even jalapeño.

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

There are many benefits to making a freezer-aisle staple like chicken tenders at home: not only do you get to control the ingredients in the recipe, but it can be a fun project to master this classic three-step breading process of flour, egg, and breadcrumb coating. Once you’ve got the hang of this method, it works with a variety of meats and vegetables. For example, if you wanted to make chicken-fried steak (well… an oven-baked version in this case), this method would work. Eggplant would work equally well, too. Bonus: This big-batch recipe makes 12 servings so that you’ll can get a few different dinners out of one session of cooking.