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No vacations, no picnics, no concerts: Last summer left much to be desired. This year, let’s make up for it by spending as much time outside as possible, grilling great foods with good friends. (Safely, of course.) These 16 tried and true recipes are easy and versatile, and there’s something here for every palate at the picnic table.

“Shockingly good.” “Loved it!” “Absolutely incredible.” Everyone who tries it raves about this grilled salmon and zucchini dish from Kay Chun, which can be made on the grill or on the stovetop. A salty-sweet marinade of soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic and

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I’m a horrible cook, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I’m in my 30s, and I can hardly make baked ziti or even rice.

I don’t enjoy reading cookbooks, making recipes, or taking time out of my day to prepare food that I’m just going to eat in a matter of seconds. 

But when the coronavirus pandemic hit and most of my local restaurants closed, I had no choice but to dabble a little more in the kitchen.

After relying too heavily on the microwave, I challenged myself to spend two full weeks cooking all of my own meals

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Michelin Guide released its prestigious Chicago star list Thursday morning, the travel guide’s first updated ranking since the pandemic. It consists of 24 restaurants, including three new ones: Ever in Fulton Market (two stars), the Bar and the Dining Room at Moody Tongue on the Near South Side (two stars), and Porto in West Town (one star).

The stars focus on fine dining, mostly upscale restaurants with tasting menus that skew pricey. Michelin has another ranking, the Bib Gourmand list, that focuses on more casual restaurants.

The tire company began awarding stars to Chicago restaurants in 2011, and the guide

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York on Monday, April 19, 2021. New York’s comptroller has asked the state attorney general’s office to launch a criminal investigation into whether the governor used state resources to write and promote his book on leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool via AP)