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For all of the non-cooks, or people with schedules too busy to have to deal with buying ingredients, prepping, cooking and then finally eating, here are 4 great recipes that make being in the kitchen a joy. Taken from Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World ($14,, these recipes take no more than four steps and use six or less ingredients.

Cream of Winter Squash With Hazelnuts


Serves: 4

20 hazelnuts
1 3/4 lbs winter squash
7 oz. light cream
1/4 cup hazelnut oil, plus extra for drizzling

1. Crush the hazelnuts.

2. Peel the winter squash and cut it into large cubes. Place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Boil for 35 minutes.

3. Add the cream and hazelnut oil. Return to a boil. Remove from the heat and blend with a hand blender. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with hazelnuts and a drizzle of hazelnut oil.

Tomato-Egg Bake


Serves: 4

4 large tomatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 eggs
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut the tomatoes in half, core, and seed them. Place in baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 5 minutes.

2. Break 1 egg into each tomato half. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes more. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar and serve.

Salmon Tartare With Asparagus


Serves 4

8 green asparagus
1 lb boneless, skinless salmon fillet (sushi-grade)
3 lemons
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. Wash the asparagus and remove the tough woody ends. Dip them into boiling water for 1 minute. Remove, cool, and cut into small pieces.

2. Cut the salmon into small cubes and mix with the asparagus. Squeeze the lemons over and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Enjoy with toast, if desired.

Cocoa and Blueberry Cream


Serves 4

2 1/4 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder
2 tsp. confectioner’s sugar
14 oz. blueberries

1. Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Five minutes before serving, beat the cream until stiff peaks are formed. Add the cocoa and sugar. Beat for an additional minute to mix well.

2. Serve in ramekins with the blueberries.

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