Fruit

Recipe: Crispy Chicken Thighs with Fresh Cherry Salsa — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Chicken thighs are on the menu weekly in my house. It's hard to beat their versatility and affordability. This is how I plan to eat them until fresh cherry season — aka the best season — comes to an end. The thighs are cooked in a cast iron skillet until their skin crackles and then they're topped with a quick and easy cherry salsa made with red onion, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, and a big squeeze of lime. When piled onto the chicken thighs, it's an effortless yet elegant summer meal that's as ready for casual weeknights as it is for simple dinner parties out on the back porch.

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Recipe: One-Pan Basil-Plum Pork Chops — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I like to think of plums as the silent heroes of summer, sitting patiently among other more celebrated stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. Biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy plum is a rite of summer, and turning plums into dinner is one of the best ways to give them a place in the spotlight. When roasted with bone-in pork chops, plums get a bit jammy and turn into a sweet-savory sauce built around a few pantry staples and finished with a fistful of soft basil leaves. All this quick one-pan dinner needs is a crisp salad and a crusty loaf of bread for capturing all that saucy goodness.

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15 Easy Ways to Turn Berries into Dessert — Recipes from The Kitchn

I try to make a special trip up to my hometown in Massachusetts every summer to go berry picking. Surely I could go to a closer spot by my current home in New York, but I just can't seem to nudge the no-frills spot near where I grew up off my summer bucket list. I load up on as many blueberries and raspberries as I can carry back with me on the train and relish their sweetness until the very last berry is polished off. Dessert is my favorite way to feature the fruit — aside from snacking on them straight, of course. Whether it's a warm, baked cake or cobbler or a light, fresh granita, there is no shortage of ways to feature berries at the end of a meal during peak season. Here are 15 great recipes.

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A Short History of Your Life, Told in Cherries — Cherry Checklist

You can define any period of your life based on certain things: the clothes you wore, your favorite bands, your hairstyle, and even what kind of cherries (or cherry-flavored things) you liked. It sounds crazy, but it's true.

Take a tour through your life (from childhood to now) by following along with this list of graduating cherry preferences.

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The Best Peach to Buy for Every Occasion — Peachy Keen

Peach season is upon us and I've already made it my personal mission to gobble up as many of these sweet stone fruits as I can fit in my belly. It seems there are more and more peach varieties every year and as for the best ones to buy, well, that all depends on just what you're looking for. Based on what's most available, here's what you need to know about the peaches you'll find at the market this summer.

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The Easiest Way to Pit a Peach — Peachy Keen

When it comes to getting peaches off the pit, there are a few different methods that get the job done. Proceed with caution, though, because not all methods are created equal. There's truly an easier way to get the job done, and this is it.

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