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South-Of-The-Border Hamburgers

These juicy burgers are made even better with all the toppings. Thanks to a touch of adobo sauce, the mayo has a nice smoky flavor, while the sliced avocado and tender Bibb lettuce leaves add freshness. (If you don’t have a can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, use hot sauce instead). For a fun family burger night, spread out the toppings and let everyone assemble their own burgers. Looking to use up even more of your homemade taco seasoning? Toss french fries in the seasoning and serve alongside the burgers, or rim beer glasses with seasoning and make Micheladas.

Cheddar and Dill Irish Soda Bread

Switch up your Irish soda bread offering this year with a cheesy, herb-packed soda bread reminiscent of Red Lobster cheddar biscuits (without the buttery top). This flavorful loaf has a golden, crunchy exterior and a soft, biscuit-like center that will have you wondering why you don’t make Irish soda bread all year round. The cheese and herbs brighten the easy stir-together loaf, and though it’s a savory bread, a pinch of sugar deepens the flavor for a rich result. Serve toasted with butter and topped with an over-easy egg for breakfast, or warm from the oven with applesauce on the side.

Italian Easter Pie

If you’re looking for a classic Italian Easter Pie recipe (also called Pizza Rustica), the search is over. This baby is packed with more than two pounds of meat, including sweet Italian sausage, salami, hot capicola, smoked ham, and prosciutto. The buttery homemade crust sandwiches the filling, which oozes with melty pockets of mozzarella cheese. The addition of roasted red peppers adds a nice bright flavor to this rich Italian Easter Pie pie. The pie needs to sit for at least 3 hours after it’s baked before you can slice into it, so we suggest making it the day before, then heating in the oven before serving.

Taco Seasoning

The taco seasoning packets that come with grocery store taco kits are often, unfortunately, filled with more than just spices (some contain MSG). Luckily, it’s easier and way tastier to make your own taco seasoning blend, and ours is salty, sweet, spicy, and a little bit smokey. It tastes just like the taco seasoning you can get at the store, so make a large batch to have on hand. Great for tacos, of course, but think outside the shell: use it to spice up mac and cheese, hamburgers, or even bacon.

Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

This family-friendly side dish is a delicious new take on potatoes au gratin. Yes, it’s still cheesy comfort food, but the fresh asparagus means it won’t leave you in a food coma. If you’ve ever made homemade macaroni and cheese, this technique will be familiar: you’ll make a bechamel sauce and top it with buttery breadcrumbs. In fact, you could double the sauce, toss it with pasta, stick it in the freezer and have mac and cheese ready to go whenever you need a quick dinner. For this dish, look for thick asparagus spears (not the pencil-thin ones) which will hold up better when served.

Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli

A taste of this omelet and you’ll be transported to Spain. There are patatas bravas-inspired potatoes, crisped up for maximum deliciousness, salty serrano ham, manchego cheese, and paprika-spiked aioli. If you’re serving these omelets for brunch, why not pair with classic Spanish drinks? A dry cider or a crisp, effervescent Txakoli from the Basque region would both taste fantastic. A note to nervous first-time omelet makers: use your small nonstick skillet, if you have one. It’ll make the eggs easier to slide out!

Hugs and Kisses Chocolate Chunk Sheet Pan Cookie

This sheet pan cookie will ensure there's enough sweetness to go around this Valentine's (or any!) Day. We started with a classic chocolate chunk cookie, loved it up with Hershey's hugs and kisses pieces for an extra dose of the good stuff. The subtly sweet cookie is thick, crumbly, and packs a chocolate punch thanks to the chunks mingling throughout. It’s a satisfying and comforting dessert for any occasion, really, but we think it would slay at the next bake sale or cookie swap. The best part? Besides all the chocolate, this big cookie is a synch to throw together and easily feeds a crowd. No complaints if you serve it warm with ice cream.

Crispy Parmesan-Crusted Pancakes Are My New Cauliflower Rice Obsession 

These golden, cheesy pancakes are officially the best way to use cauliflower rice. Plus, they'll be on your table in just 20 minutes. 

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake

Allow us to introduce you to the gooiest, fudgiest, easiest chocolate cake on the planet. All the ingredients get whisked together in a bowl, dumped into a slow cooker and then you set it and forget it for 3 hours. The trick is to let the cake finish “cooking” outside of the slow cooker for a pudding-like center. The only thing you need to worry about is getting to the cake while it’s still warm (but you can always stick a scoop in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat). Serve it with whipped cream or ice cream if desired, but trust us, you'll want it.