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Pollo de aceitunas tender, infused with flavor

Dear Noelle: My husband took me for a birthday dinner at Casa Cordoba, a new Spanish restaurant in Montrose, Calif. Its olive chicken was fabulous! It satisfied my husband’s preference for comfort food and mine for nuance. Can you get the recipe? I would love to know how the restaurant got the chicken so tender and so infused with flavor.

Turning your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries

What if I told you there’s a way to transform zucchini into a delicious dish resembling french fries, but without all the calories? The secret involves cutting your zucchini into fry-like sticks, then cooking them in a way that delivers that signature crunch, but without the deep-frying.

Chocolate cheesecake bars a tasty way to feed a crowd

If you need a dessert to feed a crowd, here’s one to try. These Chocolate Cheesecake Bars require mainly pantry ingredients and are simple to put together. When making them, be sure to plan on the chilling time. They need to chill at least four hours in the refrigerator, but overnight is best.

Movie guide | 8-15-14

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

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Movie Guide | 6-27-14

Editor’s note: Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

This dish will curry favor of vindaloo fanatics

Dear Noelle: I recently visited family in Southern California — I’m from Northern California — and my aunt took me to Clay Oven in Irvine, swearing up and down that it is the best Indian food around. And, man, after the meal, I couldn’t agree more. I haven’t been able to get the spicy lamb vindaloo out of my head. I’ve tried to improvise with other recipes, but I haven’t been able to get close. The heat was perfection, and I’ve never had such tender lamb while dining out at an Indian restaurant. My aunt suggested I turn to Culinary SOS for help. Can you track down the recipe for the spicy habanero lamb vindaloo?

There’s no need for tons of fat in this sweet potato salad

Let’s talk potato salad. Everyone knows it’s good — there’s a reason it’s a summer perennial — but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Here’s a crafty version that swaps in sweet potatoes for the more traditional white potatoes and loses the standard recipe’s abundant mayonnaise in favor of a dressing high in flavor and low in fat.