Meals to Wow Your Weekend Guests

We've made it easy to indulge your houseguests with two days of classic recipes that still give you plenty of time to enjoy your company.

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    The Menu

    Breakfast: Waffles
    Lunch: Five-Spice Steak Wraps
    Dinner: Easy Crab Bisque, Asian Salmon with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

    Breakfast: Spicy Sicilian Strata
    Lunch: Chicken Panini
    Dinner: French Onion Soup, Cheese-Topped Steaks, Autumn Vegetable Pilaf

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    Treat them to warm, crisp waffles. Our homemade version includes festive recipe variations that add extra flair to this breakfast favorite. The next three slides show the basics of our best waffle upgrade ideas.

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    Five-Spice Steak Wraps

    These speedy wraps are like a salad and sandwich rolled into one. They're great for serving a quick bite during a busy day of sightseeing or shopping.

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    Easy Crab Bisque

    Serving rich and creamy bisque is a perfect way to indulge your guests. This recipe is both easy and elegant.

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    Asian Salmon with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

    This entree ranks high in both presentation and flavor. A garnish of fresh green onions and sesame seeds effortlessly complements the warm, slightly sweet salmon.

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    Spicy Sicilian Strata

    One of the best things about this breakfast casserole is its make-ahead-ability. You can prepare it the night before your guests arrive, and then pop it in the oven for a no-fuss morning meal.

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    Chicken Panini

    Hearty, European-style breads work best for these loaded sandwiches. You can pile on almost any combination of meats, cheeses, vegetable relishes, and condiments for a quick, toasted treat. The Chicken Panini recipe outlines some of our favorites.

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    French Onion Soup

    This savory soup provides a rich, nutty-sweet flavor and mouthwatering aromas. Cooking the onions slowly over medium-low heat caramelizes them -- gently cooking the sugars in the onions, rather than burning them. The next two slides show tips for mastering this European specialty.

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    Step 1: Preparing Cheese Bread

    To prepare the cheesy bread slices in each serving of French Onion Soup, divide the shredded cheese among four slices of toasted French bread. The next slide shows how to transfer the finished toasts into the French Onion Soup.

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    Step 2: Transferring the Cheese Bread

    Use tongs to transfer each cheesy bread slice to a bowl of soup. Our French Onion Soup recipe includes step-by-step instructions for preparing the soup broth.

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    Cheese-Topped Steaks

    You can cut down kitchen time with this simple, crowd-pleasing main dish. The next three slides provide a close-up look at the entree's no-sweat preparation steps.

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    Step 1: Prepare the Grill

    Start the Cheese-Topped Steak preparation by lightly coating your grill pan with nonstick cooking spray. Next, heat the pan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium before adding the steaks. Step 2 shows you how to begin cooking the steaks.

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    Step 2: Add Steaks to Grill

    Add steaks to hot grill pan, from Step 1, being careful not to crowd the pan. You may need to cook half the steaks at a time. The next slide breaks down the basics of cooking the steaks.

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    Step 3: Cook Steaks

    After adding the steaks to the grill, cook them for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning them only once. Our complete Cheese-Topped Steaks recipe includes comprehensive preparation information and details on the flavor-packed blue cheese and bacon topping.

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    Autumn Vegetable Pilaf

    Round out your meal with a guest-worthy side dish of rice and roasted vegetables. If you feel creative, try combining equal amounts of your favorite cooked vegetables or meats into the basic rice mixture.

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    Anyone Can Cook

    Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple yet tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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