Melissa Rubel Jacobson

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Researchers believe one secret to a balanced diet is eating a rainbow of colors. Inspired, the F&W Test Kitchen created 22 delicious recipes that would do Pantone proud, from translucent summer rolls to salmon encrusted with black sesame seeds.
Senior associate recipe developer Melissa Rubel picks her all-time favorite F&W recipes from the past 30 years (at right).
Peach Crostata
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Free-form tarts (sometimes called crostatas) are an easy, quick-to-prepare way to use up seasonal fruit. Slideshow:  Ultimate Summer Fruit Recipes 
This flavorful chicken dish is slow cooked in Moroccan spices for an authentic tasting dish.  More Slow Cooker Recipes
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Spicy and Smoky Guacamole
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A pickled jalapeño makes this guacamole slightly tangy. Fast Hors d'Oeuvres
Skirt Steak Tacos
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Inspired by bare bones taquerias, these chili powder-dusted steak tacos are served simply, with onion, radishes and mashed avocado. Amazing Steak Recipes
Spicy and Smoky Guacamole
Rating: Unrated
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A pickled jalapeño makes this guacamole slightly tangy. Fast Hors d'Oeuvres
Skirt Steak Tacos
Rating: Unrated
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Inspired by bare bones taquerias, these chili powder-dusted steak tacos are served simply, with onion, radishes and mashed avocado. Amazing Steak Recipes
This easy roasted broccoli recipe is the perfect side dish alongside grilled or roasted meat or fish, or can be served atop cooked pasta or rice. It's ready in less than 45 minutes, making it ideal for weeknight cooking. Slideshows:  More Quick Side Dishes 
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Cut into small squares, this pizza makes a great spring or summer hors d'oeuvreHealthy Grilling Recipes
Pass crisp lettuce leaves and tangy yogurt with these cumin-spiced patties and assemble them at the table. Slideshow: Global Grilling
Tossing the cooked spaghetti with some of the reserved pasta cooking water and fresh goat cheese produces a light, tangy and luxurious sauce. Melissa Rubel Jacobson also likes making this dish with whole-wheat spaghetti. Plus:  More Pasta Recipes 
Make this classic Mexican dish in your slow cooker for ease and extra flavor.  Slideshow:  More Slow Cooker Recipes 
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White Bean and Chicken Soup
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By using chicken thighs instead of breasts, F&W's Melissa Rubel gives this hearty, jalapeño-spiked soup ultrarich flavor. More Chicken Soup Recipes
The dates add a pleasant sweetness to the salty pancetta and blue cheese. Terrific Green Salads
The combination of watercress, oranges and olives makes for a refreshing salad that's peppery, sweet and salty.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide More Green Salads
The combination of sweet shrimp and meaty little cannellini beans here transforms a simple warm spinach salad. More Salad Recipes