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By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Making your own breakfast sausage patties is quick and smart

Lazy weekend morning meals around the table, the entire family unhurried have yielded some of my favourite moments of connection and family identity. Even quick weekday breakfasts hold the promise of a new day, and fill my soul a tiny bit. Adding the unmistakable aroma of an herby breakfast sausage is the icing on the cake of breakfasts and brunches.

How to be mere minutes away from a tasty crusted salmon

It seems like mere moments after I get the last dish dried and put away, it’s time to make dinner again. Is it me or are the days actually getting shorter, whizzing by in a blur and then coming to a screeching halt at 6 p.m. when every person in my household starts wandering into the kitchen, casually asking what’s for dinner, usually while opening up a cupboard to peruse available snacks?

:A fresh spin on Caesar salad with Brussels sprouts, sardines

For all the grief the Caesar salad gets in the culinary world, I proudly admit to adoring the classic flavour combination - garlicky-lemon dressing mixed with anchovy-umami undertone that can only come from salty fish, topped off with nutty, pungent parmesan. If I could eat only one salad for the rest of my life, it would be some form of Caesar.

A nice American twist on the very French rabbit in cider

The French know a thing or two about the perfect braise, so I wasn’t surprised when I tasted the rabbit in cider, Calvados (apply brandy) and cream that my host family served me during my semester abroad in Nantes. If you ever find yourself in France, I highly suggest seeking out this classic dish that finds itself perhaps under radar of many Americans.