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When was the last time you had a strawberry milkshake?🍓
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Mid-May Meal Plan

Slowly, gradually, (and sometimes actually rather rapidly), much of the world feels like it’s clicking into higher gear. Now a month fully vaccinated, my
family—and most of my friends—are working our way back into “normal” life. A couple of weeks ago, I had my first indoor restaurant meal in over a year at a diner on the Upper West Side of New York City. I’ll probably never know if the omelet I ordered was in fact the best omelet ever made, or if having someone take my order and bring it to me at a table made it taste like the omelet of my dreams.
 
And while a return to restaurant dining feels both miraculous and familiar at the same time (and we all need to keep supporting restaurants, big time!), it’s really the re-opening of entertaining that has my blood pumping. Do you know what I’ve missed so much over the past fourteen months? Doubling a recipe. Seriously, just looking at a recipe and thinking, “Well, I’m going to have to make a larger batch” brings me a level of joy that’s hard to describe. 
 
I pulled out a stack of oversize serving platters the other day that have been gathering dust in this year of contraction, and they are washed and ready to be filled with generous portions of all sorts of spring and summer fare. I’m still planning to host larger groups outside for the time being, but I cannot wait to hoist up a big platter of Greek salad or a pile of grilled chicken for the masses.
 
And Memorial Day approaches! Below you’ll find a bevy of choices for these final weeks of spring. 

Baking salmon with a generous slathering of flavorful herby sauce turns everyone's favorite fish into a special meal.

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Just a few vegetables turn quickly cooked couscous into a beautiful salad that rounds out any meal perfectly.

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Pretty, inexpensive, satisfying, colorful, and portable—we all need a perfect carrot salad recipe in our repertoire!

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A pretty and fresh salad that takes minutes to put together and brightens up any meal.

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Another version of beefy, cheesy quesadillas. This is a very good reason to make some extra steak and tuck it in the fridge for the next day.

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These handheld beefy pizza spirals are fun to make, fun to eat, and a nice way to shake up dinner.

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An easy combination of stir-fried vegetables provides a gorgeous color medley and crisp-tender texture.

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The old-school appeal of a strawberry milkshake is hard to overstate.

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