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By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Shrimp go wild with jalapenos, garlic, cumin and cayenne

Jolts of grill flavour and spicy heat can enhance the delicately sweet and briny flavour of shrimp, but it’s easy to overdo it. Most recipes overcook the shrimp and finish them in a bath of mouth-numbing sauce; we wanted juicy shrimp with a smoky crust and chili flavour that was more than just superficial.

For a veggie-packed frittata, swap the potatoes for broccoli

A frittata is a hearty brunch option but is often loaded with potatoes, cheese, and sausage or bacon. For a more nutritious version, we nixed the meat and swapped out potatoes for broccoli.

To make a substantial, veggie-packed frittata, we used a dozen eggs and a full 4 cups of broccoli, chopping the florets small so they would be surrounded by the eggs, ensuring a cohesive whole.

A matzo ball soup that hits all the marks, plus dumplings

Matzo ball soup can be controversial to make, but there is no question that this version hits all the marks, delivering tender dumplings and a savory broth.

For matzo balls that were substantial but not too heavy or greasy we settled on a ratio of 1 cup matzo meal to 4 eggs and 5 tablespoons of water, plus a bit of chopped, cooked onion and minced dill.

Chuck roast sings after a slow grill and some smoke flavour

For our Shredded Barbecued Beef, we cut a chuck roast into quarters. The smaller pieces of beef absorbed more smoke flavour and cooked much faster.

After cooking the meat in a disposable roasting pan on the cooler side of the grill for a few hours, we flipped all four pieces, wrapped the pan in foil, and placed the roast in the oven to finish cooking.

For a brash Memphis coleslaw, cook a spicy dressing ahead

The high water content of cabbage is typically to blame for watery slaws. We salted our cabbage to draw out the excess moisture.

Memphis Chopped Coleslaw is usually studded with celery seeds and crunchy green peppers and tossed with an unapologetically sugary mustard dressing that’s balanced by a bracing hit of vinegar.