Tag: summer

11 Ways to Eat Corn Off the Cob

by in In Season, Recipes, August 14th, 2017

Corn SaladHow much do kids love corn? Let me put it this way: I can add corn to basically ANYTHING and get a cheer from my four rascals when dinner hits the table. And let’s not limit this to corn on the cob, because that’s always a slam dunk. Nope, even when it’s off the cob, this sweet, crunchy veg is a hit with my brood. Here are my go-to picks.

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Ina Garten’s Corn Salad (pictured above)
A handful of ingredients transforms a few simple ears of corn into a flavorful, potluck-worthy dish.

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7 Cold Dinners to Survive a Summer Heat Wave

by in In Season, Recipes, August 9th, 2017

Cold Asian Noodles with PorkIt may be hot, but you still have to eat dinner. Perfectly connecting the dots between cool, refreshing and totally filling, these ideas are sure-bet crowd-pleasers.

Cold Asian Noodles with Pork (pictured above)
There’s just something about ginger in a cold dish that feels so fresh this time of year. Cook the pork chops ahead of time, or get crafty and use any leftovers you happen to have available.

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All the Ways to Eat Watermelon Before Summer Ends

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 2nd, 2017

There’s little better than biting into a wedge of watermelon on a hot summer day — but we think these recipes improve on your watermelon experience even more. Turn the summer fruit into a salad, skewers, salsa and even a keg (!), and you’ll have plenty to keep your tastebuds satisfied and entertained until Labor Day.

Watermelon Punch Keg

Bored with your go-to selection wine and beer at summer parties? Next time, turn a ripe watermelon into show-stopping drink (and its dispenser!) instead. Your guests will love this easy rosé- and vodka-spiked beverage — plus, you get to whip out a power drill to make it.

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8 Sweet and Savory Ways to Celebrate Cherry Season

by in In Season, Recipes, August 1st, 2017

Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesThey’re here and they’re on sale! We’re talking about cherries, of course. The first sightings of $1.99 cherries have made their way to my local grocery store, and I get a heaping bag of those beauties every time I go shopping. Now, once we’ve all had enough handfuls of fresh, juicy cherries to be satisfied, I like to start cooking with them. Get ready to extend your love of cherries from breakfast right through dessert.

Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes (pictured above)
How gorgeous are these cupcakes with whole cherries perched right on top? Bonus: They’re ready in a hurry, and they’re EASY!

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Oh, Go Ahead, It’s Summer: Eat Dessert for Dinner

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 28th, 2017

If you can’t break the rules a little during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when can you? These fruity, indulgent desserts are filling, vibrant — and too delicious to wait to eat until after dinner anyway. Elevate one to the main event this week.

Deep Dish Peach Pie

This towering beauty is a bountiful way to celebrate peach season. With each hefty slice, you get a truly satisfying portion of buttery crust and loads of fruit; if you had eaten normal dinner, you might not have had enough room to really enjoy it!

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10 Ways to Eat Tomatoes Without Cooking Them

by in In Season, Recipes, July 25th, 2017

Corn, Tomato and Avocado SaladWhen the temperature reaches a certain number in the summer, I tend to give up. It’s hot, it’s sticky and everyone is sweaty. This isn’t the time to sit down to an eight-layer lasgagna. Coincidentally, it often happens at the same time as peak tomato season. That’s when I turn to gorgeous, fresh ideas like these to fill up my family of six without breaking a sweat.

Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad (pictured above)
Fresh corn kernels mingle with creamy mozzarella, thick wedges of avocado and a tangy lemon-lime dressing in this bright salad.

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Our 5 Favorite Videos of the Week: Frozen Treats Galore

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2017


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No amount of high-powered AC can cure us from our warm-weather woes this week. You have to step outside at some point, right? That said, we’re cooling down any way we can — and so are our social feeds — with icy frozen treats that are as creative as they are cooling.

Layered Watermelon Ice Pops (pictured above)

A juicy slice of watermelon is bound to cool you down after one bite, but these layered frozen beauties take it one step further. The rind is made from sweet, pureed avocado, and the seeds are mini chocolate chips!
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Take 5: Cool Down with No-Cook Dinners

by in Recipes, July 18th, 2017


Once you start seeing heat waves outside (and maybe even inside), it’s harder to even think about standing by a hot stove or oven. On those days, try these no-cook summer recipes for easy, satisfying meals you can make in under an hour.

Chicken Summer Rolls

What’s summer without summer rolls? These Vietnamese-style rolls are packed with crunchy veggies, refreshing herbs, rice and even some shredded rotisserie chicken for protein. To “cook” the rice paper, dip the sheets in warm water until they soften slightly, enough to form a shell for the rolls.

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10 Ways to Use Up All That Zucchini

by in In Season, Recipes, July 14th, 2017

Zucchini ParmesanEvery summer I’m faced with buckets of zucchini coming from the patch in my backyard, so you know I’m always on the lookout for excellent zucchini recipes. Here are 10 of my very favorites. Almost all of them have been kid-tested (and tested and tested …), and there are a few that look so delicious they’re already at the top of my list to try next. Want to join?

Zucchini Parmesan (pictured above)
If you love eggplant parmesan, you’ll love this. It’s that simple.

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9 Make-and-Take Lunches to Get You Through Summer Weekdays

by in In Season, Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable SaladWe wish we could eat ice cream and lobster rolls on the boardwalk every day throughout the summer, but for the most part, we’re stuck behind a computer doing the same stuff we do for the rest of the year. And when we do go on vacation, we find ourselves over-indulging and over spending . Give your taste buds and your wallet a break from the overload with some weekday lunches you’ll actually be excited to dig into.

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable Salad (pictured above)
No microwave necessary to dig into this cold noodle salad. Protein-packed peanut butter and soba noodles mean this vegetarian lunch will keep you full through the 3 p.m. slump. Read more

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