Your July 4th burgers and ribs are the perfect lead-in to a treat that's sweet enough to complement the smoke and impressive enough to make your guests ooh and ahh. Here are 17 delicious options.
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If you're going to celebrate Independence day by a grill or on the beach, then you're going to need ice cold refreshments. Pull out your blender to prep a pitcher or two of frozen cocktails made with sweet summer fruit, or mix up a batch of sangria to bring along. Don't forget a booze-free option to keep the heat at bay, and be sure to stock up on ice to keep the party going. Here are 20 recipes to get you started.
Meat tends to get all of the glory at summer grill-outs, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be accompanied by equally tantalizing side dishes. I'm talking flavorful grilled vegetables, cooling salads, and saucy baked beans. We've got 18 recipes to complete your Fourth of July feast that'll almost make your guests forget about those smoky, savory ribs.
Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.
True, grilled meat doesn't need much gussying up to taste good. But if you're ever going to make a homemade hot dog really special, July 4th is the day to do it, and these are the recipes to do it with.
A great burger with a charred crust and a juicy, savory interior is a cornerstone of summer's best cookouts. It doesn't hurt that it's also one of those crowd-pleasing foods that's easy to make in bulk. From vegan and vegetarian options to the meatiest, cheesiest, over-the-top-iest burgers of your dreams, we've got 21 recipes to make this July 4th one for the history books.
In the midst of a heat wave, the last thing you'll want to do is turn on your oven. When you're looking for a summery dessert that's more imaginative than ice cream—but almost as easy—go for one of these delicious no-bake recipes.
I'm sure your dad loves you unconditionally and probably had lots of patience for burnt pancakes when you were a kid, but I think we can agree that it's even better to cook something as delicious as it is memorable. It's a tall order, I know. Which is why we're here to help.
Now that summer has finally arrived, it's time to step outside and enjoy the warm weather. And few foods are more picnic-friendly than sandwiches—portable, easy to share, easy to eat, and totally customizable. From lobster rolls to the most awesome fried chicken sandwich you'll ever eat, we've got 18 recipes to fill your basket.
Tender, creamy potatoes make the perfect hearty-but-neutral base for simple summer salads. From the tangy, mayonnaise-dressed classic to a light and fresh-tasting pesto-tossed version, we've got 10 crowd-pleasing takes on potato salad.
Dressed leaves and chopped vegetables are all well and good, but they don't exactly make a well-rounded meal. Enter hearty beans and nutty grains, a salad's filling, flavorful, high-protein best friend. And we've got 19 recipes to dress them up, all year long.
The warm spice and citrusy aroma of Sichuan peppercorns can be totally addictive. The dark berry-hued peppercorns produce a tingly numbing sensation that wakes up your tongue; combined with fiery chilies, it's an effect known as ma la, or "numbing heat." From classics like dry-fried green beans and mapo tofu to amped-up chicken wings and burgers, we've got 20 great ways to make the most of the unique spice.
I still get excited for a basket of in-season strawberries, and you should too. Just look at all the things you can do with them—from fruity desserts to chicken wings to cocktails, here are 21 recipes that capture the season.
Fresh minty-herbal basil hits its stride come late spring and keeps growing strong all summer long. While we can't get enough of classic preparations like pesto, there are so many more ways to make the most of it. From light salads to crisp fritters, refreshing juleps, and beyond, we've got 22 ways to transform your bunch of basil into something unforgettable.
From juicy chops to fatty belly to fall-apart-tender ribs, versatile pork is the perfect "other meat" for your grilling menu. Handled properly, it's moist and flavorful, and picks up the smoke and char from the grill like nobody's business. It also takes well to being brined, rubbed, sauced, seared, and slow-cooked. We've got 17 recipes to really make it shine come Memorial Day weekend.
It may or may not be full-on summer weather this Memorial Day, but it's always warm enough near the grill. And whether you're charring veggies, chicken, or steak, you're gonna get thirsty. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for Memorial Day cookout drinks, both boozy and alcohol-free.
Sure, Memorial Day may be a burgers and 'dogs kinda holiday, but that doesn't mean that seafood can't make a splash. Stock up on some fish-friendly wine or beer and throw some shrimp, whole fish, or even octopus on the grill—seafood makes an impressive main attraction that pairs beautifully with classic summery fare like corn, tomatoes, and other grilled vegetables. We've got 16 recipes to get you started.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and nothing quite says summer like a burger or steak hot off the grill. Whether you're firing up a big, fancy outdoor grill, or heating up a griddle on your stove, we've got you covered. Think cheesy, oniony, and beefy burgers and their tasty vegetarian counterparts, along with the very best ways to grill the very best steaks (and what inexpensive cuts will still taste great).
For some people, a stack of pancakes is all about purity: just the delicate crispy edges and tender center of each carefully-cooked round, showcasing a simple homemade batter and the flavor of butter. Real maple syrup is the only acceptable topping. And then there are those of us who like to play with our food, who want to change up our pancake routine and experiment with unusual toppings and additions. If you're looking for ideas to mix up your pancake routine, read on.