Summer in the kitchen

My favorite time to be in the kitchen is probably summer. Don’t get me wrong, I eat pumpkin in excess in the fall and love finding ways to incorporate it into every meal (see pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin hot chocolate). But something about summer cooking is just … refreshing.

I love when all of my favorite veggies come into season and the street carts are back and in all of their cheap goodness. I adore the vibrant flavors and the abundant use of seafood. Speaking of seafood, if anyone can explain to me why a bag of pre-cooked frozen shrimp costs $30 here in the city and $13.99 at home, I’d love to hear it.

Anyway. Summer cooking. It just feels more my speed. Healthier. Happier.

Which is why I’ve compiled a whole slew of delectable recipes that NEED to be made this summer. Kind of like I need to go see the new Superman in theaters. I figured hey, since summer is prime time for the NYC to-do list, why not add a sublist of sorts for must-cook recipes? It’s about time I broke in that new Anthropologie apron, anyway.

Snacks

Sesame soba noodle salad from Lauren Kodiak
Watermelon and feta skewers from Martha Stewart Living
Grilled haloumi with watermelon, tomatoes, basil, and mint from Dinner: A Love Story
Lunchbox couscous from Cook Republic
Brussels sprouts mac ‘n cheese from Love and Olive Oil
Roasted sweet potatoe skewers with cilantro-jalapeno aioli dip from Hungry Foodies Pharmacy
Summer crostini with whipped roasted garlic goat cheese from How Sweet It Is

Salads

Chopped chicken taco salads with cheese quesadilla strips from How Sweet it Is
Quinoa and buratta caprese salad from foodiecrush
Stuffed zucchini from Kayotic Kitchen
Summer pita bowl from Healthy. Happy. Life.

Dinner

Cobb grilled cheese from foodiecrush
Tequila grilled shrimp from Martha Stewart Living
Strawberry bruschetta grilled cheese from foodiecrush
Aspargus and kale stuffed shells from edible perspective
Southwest black bean chicken and rice from Dine and Dish
White pizza lasagna from How Sweet Eats
Spaghetti squash sesame noodles with edamame from Family Fresh Cooking

Dessert

Strawberry & watermelon angel food split cupcakes
Strawberry and watermelon angel food split cupcakes
from Making Life Fit
Chocolate chip cookie dough devil’s food cake cheesecake from Sprinkle Bakes
Strawberries dipped in frozen yogurt from Glamour
Mint Oreo ice cream cupcakes from Sweet Tooth
White chocolate no-bake cheesecake from Sprinkle Bakes

There are a zillion more, but this is a good start. And OH! New layout! Like it? Shoot me a comment and let me know.

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