French Onion Soup Burgers are perfect for Labor Day

This Aug. 23, 2017 photo shows a French onion soup burger in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

If you’re a fan of traditional French onion soup — and who isn’t? — you’re going to love this burger. It’s kitted out with all of the ingredients that make the soup such a treasure — tender, browned onions, beef broth, red wine, Gruyere cheese and French bread — and finally lathered up with mustard mayo. Rich and full of flavor, this burger is the perfect entree for a Labor Day bash.

Serve spicy sauteed fish with pineapple mango salsa

This Aug. 9. 2017 photo shows spicy sauteed fish with a pineapple mango salsa in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

When it comes to landing dinner on the table on a weeknight, fish fillets are among the very quickest dishes you can prepare, rarely requiring more than five minutes to go from raw to ready to eat. And given the relative mildness of a fish’s flavor, they’re a natural canvas for a vast palette of seasonings (and acid, too), meaning they turn out just about exactly as flavorful as you make them.

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad

This June 2017 photo shows pork schnitzel with cucumber salad in New York. Schnitzels are often made with veal or chicken, but pork is a great alternative. Pounding out the cutlets makes them even tenderer and thinner, so they cook up quickly, perfect for a weeknight meal. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)

Schnitzels are often made with veal or chicken, but pork is a great alternative. Pounding out the cutlets makes them even thinner and more tender, so they cook up quickly, perfect for a weeknight meal. And there’s that irresistible crunch from the Panko bread-crumb coating. This is one of those heartening dishes that’s popular with both kids and adults.

Enjoy late-summer fruit with tangy orange fruit dip

This Aug. 21, 2017 photo shows a tangy orange fruit dip with fresh mint in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Late summer fruit is perhaps my favorite. Berries are juicy and sweet, in their last flourish before slipping away into elite and expensive status. Peaches and plums are soft and caramel-like in flavor. Even the humble pebbly-skinned cantaloupe boasts rich orange flesh and syrupy-sweet flavor.

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