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Salmon cakes.

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This month, salmon takes the cake

It’s the first week of January, and many are contemplating the “D word” to make up for holiday excess.

Lobster chowder

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Luxurious lobster bisque closes out the year

Order lobster bisque in a French restaurant and it isn’t one of those thick chowders but a thinner, intensely flavored broth that sets off the rich seafood.

Recipe for turkey meatballs in 2-minute tomato sauce

Have on hand a baking sheet and a large skillet with a heatproof handle.

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Turkey meatballs, hold the spaghetti

This week’s recipe offers turkey meatballs in a 2-minute tomato sauce.

Recipe for stir-fried shrimp with bok choy and carrots

Recipe for stir-fried shrimp with bok choy and carrots

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Prep shrimp and veggies first, then stir-fry is a breeze

The key to a good stir-fry is prepping everything and having all the ingredients near the store-top.

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Turkey is what’s left and pot pie is the logical next dish

Our meat pies are largely spin-offs from the British, who know how to repurpose a holiday roast.

Recipe for turkey pot pie

Set oven at 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish (or another dish with a 7-cup capacity).

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Mexican posole with a New England twist

For a satisfying Mexican posole, combine the warm earthy flavors of green chiles and hominy with winter squash and a flourish of pumpkin seeds.

Recipe for duck breast with caramelized apples and rosemary

Recipe for duck breast with caramelized apples and rosemary.

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Rosy duck breast goes with sauteed apples

Cooking a whole duck seems like a project, but sauteing duck breasts can be accomplished in half an hour from start to finish.

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Juicy pork chops topped with salsa verde

Pork chops seared to golden perfection and topped with bright-green tart, yet mellow, salsa will brighten a mid-week supper slump.

Recipe for spice-rubbed pork chops with salsa verde

Double the salsa recipe, if you like, to snack on with chips, serve with eggs for breakfast, or with chicken breast another night.

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Tortillas, tomatillos, and eggs add up to Mexican comfort food

Chilaquiles (pronounced chee-lah-KEE-lehs), a Mexican casserole of fried tortillas and sauce, can be topped with just about anything but the kitchen sink.

Recipe for chilaquiles with tomatillo salsa and fried eggs

Recipe for chilaquiles with tomatillo salsa and fried eggs

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Luxurious figs and cheeses adorn these pizzas

Savory and sweet fig pizza can be served before dinner with drinks, even as a light supper with a salad. T

Recipe for fresh fig pizza with ricotta and no-knead dough

Recipe for fresh fig pizza with ricotta and no-knead dough

Recipe for pasta bake with roasted cauliflower, spinach, and caramelized onions

Recipe for pasta bake with roasted cauliflower, spinach, and caramelized onions

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Baked pasta for the family or the potluck menu

As families think about nightly dinners or feeding a crowd at a potluck, this hearty casserole, with its rich, roasted, caramelized flavors and comforting pasta, might be on the menu.

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Light the grill and pizza’s ready in minutes

Grilled pizza becomes lightly charred and can be topped with almost any ingredients. These white pies are made with sauteed broccoli rabe.

Recipe for grilled white pizza with broccoli rabe

If your grill is small, cook the pizzas one at a time; keep the finished pizza in a 300-degree oven while the second one cooks.

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A spicy chili full of beans

Put the word classic on a dish, and other cooks are bound to protest that you’re full of beans. Well in this case, they would be right.

Classic beef chili with red beans

For garnish, choose sour cream, grated cheddar, sliced radishes, scallions, chopped onions, shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro, or ripe avocado.

Chicken breasts roasted on a bed of potatoes

Set the oven at 425 degrees. Oil a large roasting pan.

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Chicken roasting on potatoes gets two jobs done in one

Set chicken breasts on a bed of potato wedges to roast and the bird bastes the spuds with its flavorful juices.

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Basil begs for pesto, and summer spaghetti comes next

Basil at its peak begs to be turned into pesto and that, in turn, suggests summer spaghetti.

Spaghetti with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, and ricotta

Recipe for spaghetti with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, and ricotta

Recipe for rice vermicelli salad with grilled pork tenderloin

Have on hand a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

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Grilled pork in an Asian-flavored noodle salad

A riff on the Vietnamese bun cha, this salad combines rice noodles, crisp vegetables, and tender greens, topped with slices of grilled pork tenderloin.

When you saute chicken, put it into the hot oil skin side down.

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Pot of stew blends flavors of Morocco

Skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs rarely dry out.

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Grilled butterflied Cornish hens on sauteed greens

Cornish hens, which are actually a breed of small chickens, make ideal single servings.

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New England summer minestrone

This week we begin a new column offering home cooks some tips, tricks, and skills in the kitchen.