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Flavorful steak perfect for New Year’s celebration

Steak with balsamic vinegar cooked to a sweet glaze is a perfect dinner for a weeknight or end-of-year celebration. Linguine with fresh basil and tomatoes makes a colorful side dish. Skirt steak is one of my favorite cuts. It’s flavorful and cooks quickly. Balsamic vinegar tenderizes and flavors meat without adding extra calories.

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Quick chicken, ratatouille meal perfect for hectic holiday season

Freshly made ratatouille, a tasty blend of Provencal vegetables and crispy, sauteed, chicken cutlets make a quick meal for this busy time of year. Coating the chicken with coarse cornmeal gives it a flavorful crust which becomes crispy when sauteed. Cornmeal can be found in three textures, coarse, medium or fine and three colors, white, yellow or blue, depending on the type of corn used. White and yellow cornmeal can be found in most supermarkets.

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Lamb dish inspired by flavors of North Africa

Lamb blends with fragrant spices in this Moroccan dish. Tagines are usually served at home and are cooked in a glazed earthenware tagine, a covered dish with a conical lid. It’s used for slow cooking the ingredients. Steam gathers in the top of the conical lid and falls on the food, keeping it moist without basting. However, any type of skillet or casserole can be used for this dinner.

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Savory chicken dish only takes a few minutes to prepare

Roasted chicken flavored with sage and vermouth accompanied by zucchini and tomato rice is a super-speed supper. This recipe calls for buying a roasted chicken breast and adding a sage and flour coating. It only takes 2 minutes to warm through. The vermouth sauce is another quick touch, adding flavor without fuss.

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Enjoy this quick, tasty veggie skillet pizza

Serve this Southwestern skillet pizza right from the pan. It’s a quick and easy vegetarian dish. Skillet cooking is very much a part of Southwestern cuisine. This unusual supper cooks the pasta and sauce together in one pan, so the pasta absorbs the sauce flavors.

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Pork tenderloin a Caribbean favorite, but don’t overcook

This Caribbean dinner calls for the popular island ingredients of rum, black beans, rice and pork. Rum mixed with brown sugar and mustard makes a perfect glaze for pork. Pork tenderloin is low in fat and cooks quickly, but you could use spare ribs if you prefer. Flatten the pork tenderloin to about 2 inches thick for faster cooking. Try not to overcook the tenderloin; it has very little fat and will dry out quickly.

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Walnut, fennel pasta dish has layers of flavors

This light vegetable dish features toasted walnuts and fennel. Fennel gives this dish an anise or licorice flavor. It’s a large white bulb with celerylike stems and green, feathery leaves. The leaves and fennel seeds add another layer of flavor to the dish. Toasting the walnuts intensifies the walnuts flavor.

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Try this updated version of the classic Waldorf Astoria salad

Crunchy apples, celery and walnuts mixed with turkey make a crisp, cool salad perfect for a hot summer night or anytime. The original combination of apples, celery and mayonnaise was served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City over 100 years ago. This updated version still has the pleasing combination of textures and flavors that has made the salad a classic.

First responders participate in active school shooter drill

Police, firefighters and other first responders in the Upper Florida Keys underwent training in new techniques on how to respond to school shootings. The training consisted on having medics work in tandem with police during active shooter events.