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Bring some adventure into your kitchen this month by trying some unusual ingredients or food pairings. Blueberry corn salsa with salmon? Curried chicken burgers? Blue corn pancakes? Absolutely! They're all delicious — trust us. Once you're convinced, invite over some friends and show off your culinary wild side.

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1. Grilled Salmon With Fresh Blueberry Corn Salsa by Linda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw

With the rising popularity of fish tacos, salsa and fish are now a common pair. But blueberry corn salsa with salmon? Not so much. Frozen corn and berries are great to use now, but in summer you can take it up a notch with the fresh versions.

Per serving: 550 calories, 7g saturated fat, 24g carbohydrates, 39g protein, 7g fiber

2. Blue Corn Pancakes by Christopher Idone

These are still the satisfying pancakes you crave on a Sunday morning, just with a blue hue. The challenge is finding blue cornmeal in some areas; look for it in natural or specialty food stores.

Per serving: 83 calories, 2g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber

3. Poached Eggs With Yogurt and Hot Red Pepper Sizzle by Paula Wolfert

A poached egg topped with garlic-infused yogurt and a spicy drizzle, this Turkish dish is a delicious must-try. Think of yogurt as a healthier alternative to sour cream in savory recipes like this one, and you can cut down on the butter here without sacrificing flavor.

Per serving: 408 calories, 20g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 0g fiber

4. Curried Chicken Burgers With Chutney Mayonnaise by Sally Sampson

While curry and chicken pair well, you most likely won't find curried chicken burgers at your local restaurant. We love the inventiveness of infusing an American classic with Indian flavors (and the recipe calls for store-bought chutney, so it's not as daunting as it might look).

Per serving: 309 calories, 6g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrates, 25g protein, 2g fiber

5. Apple-Asiago Pie by Jesse Ziff Cool

Think of this treat as a refined apple-cheese Danish: The Asiago is in the crumb topping, but with a soft-and-warm cheesy finish.

Per serving: 515 calories, 12g saturated fat, 80g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 7g fiber

6. Asparagus With Hazelnut Sauce and Croutons by Jacques Pepin

This rich — and definitely not low-fat — dish is the remarkable sort you pull out for a very special occasion. It calls for homemade croutons, but you can always use store-bought to save time.

Per serving: 457 calories, 16g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 5g fiber

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