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By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Cheesy Pork Steaks are quick to make - and delicious to eat

The appeal of a dish consisting of just five ingredients is pretty obvious ‚Äî it’s easy to make and it takes almost no time to land on the table. Even so, it helps to start with a quick-cooking and naturally tender protein such as the pork tenderloin at the centre of this recipe for Cheesy Pork Steaks.

Serve chicken cutlets with tart orange sauce and olives

Now that my kids are on their own and cooking for themselves, both have thanked me for passing on one technique in particular: how to cook a thin piece of protein and make a pan sauce from the drippings. It is indeed a quick, easy and affordable skill with endless variations. It also guarantees a deeply delicious entree.

Serve chicken cutlets with tart orange sauce and olives

Now that my kids are on their own and cooking for themselves, both have thanked me for passing on one technique in particular: how to cook a thin piece of protein and make a pan sauce from the drippings. It is indeed a quick, easy and affordable skill with endless variations. It also guarantees a deeply delicious entree.

A blueberry tart that simply works, so you don’t have to

Before our annual circuit around the sun forces us to kiss off the blueberry season, I urge one and all to try this blueberry tart. Super-tasty and much simpler to make than the standard recipe, it features the usual buttery bottom crust, loaded with gobs of fresh berries and topped off with a crispy sweet streusel crumble.

A mushroom burger that’s glorified by chilies and cheese

Some of the greatest chilies you’ll ever eat hail from New Mexico’s Hatch Valley, which is why naturally enough tiny Hatch, New Mexico, is known as “The Chili Capital of the World.” This being the season for Hatch chilies, I thought it might be fun to showcase them at one of your very own backyard parties, perhaps over Labor Day weekend.

Use fresh local tomatoes for Crispy Tomato Salad

Even though fresh local tomatoes start popping up at the market in July, they don’t really hit their peak until August ‚Äî and that’s when I get happy. The tomato is absolutely my favourite vegetable (even if it’s technically a berry). This crispy tomato salad combines cooked tomatoes and raw tomatoes, the large guys and the small guys. You can call it a medley but I think of it as a party.

Serve Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms with marina sauce

Zucchini are marquee items at your grocery stores right about now, but zucchini blossoms, which are generally not for sale at a standard grocery, are a different story. So this recipe for Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms is aimed at home gardeners, who know two things for sure: First, like caterpillars to a butterfly, zucchini blossoms are the earlier life form of the zucchini squash.