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Test Kitchen recipe: Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

Today’s Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas take just a little effort to put together and they’re packed with flavor. You can have them tonight or prep and assemble everything and have for dinner tomorrow or later in the week. Make the filling with any leftover cooked and shredded chicken. A grocery store rotisserie chicken works great.

Top with avocado, then have a little fun

“Why didn’t I think of that?” was my main reaction when I first heard of avocado toast. I have enjoyed and advocated ripe avocado as a bread spread for years. Its creaminess and buttery flavor is ideal on toast in the morning, adding a rich yet healthful element to the breakfast plate. But aside from topping mine with a slice of tomato, that is as far as I took it.

Soup saves the day

When I’ve had a tough day, I hunger for a steamy bowl of nourishing soup. It’s just plain comforting. Besides warmth and good flavor, soup offers convenience. It can be made in advance, so I don’t have to fuss when I’m tired, and it often tastes better the next day.

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How to make vegetable stock — and why you should

Folks, when the final cattle call comes for that great big roundup in the sky, it’s conceivable that your passage through the gates of pearl will be entirely dependent on your ability to make a good vegetable stock. And, if that is indeed the case, you’re going to be glad you read today’s Prep School.

10 favorite movies of 2014

So, how many movies did you see this year? By my count, just under 500 movies opened in the Seattle area in 2014 (“opened” defined to mean that they had at least a week’s run in a local theater); I saw barely half of them. (My popcorn total for the year shall, I’m sorry to say, remain private.)

Roasting vegetables for pasta: Quick weeknight entree

For years I was under the illusion that roasting vegetables was one of those things you do on the weekend, when you have plenty of time. Then, when I began roasting veggies to add to my weekday lunch salads, I realized how quick the process can be. This is especially true when you layer the baking pan with foil to facilitate cleanup, a tip I learned from baking author Nick Malgieri.

Got holiday leftovers? Try rigatoni with turkey and peas

A package of mushrooms, some leftover frozen turkey and a few pantry staples come to the rescue for a quick dinner. If you’ve frozen the turkey in bite-size pieces as well as portion sizes, it’s even easier because turkey in smaller pieces will thaw quicker and in some cases need not be thawed at all.