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20 Things to Cook on a Rainy Summer Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

I honestly relish the opportunity to stay inside on a rainy summer day. While I am definitely an individual who can't get enough sunshine, a break from blue skies can actually feel quite special. Sure, your barbecue may have to be rescheduled, but in its place you've got a welcome excuse to be a bit of a homebody until things clear up. From comfort food to baked treats to freezer meals, here are 20 things we love to busy ourselves with in the kitchen when the rain is coming down.

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20 Ways to Make Dinner with Mostly Vegetables — Recipes from The Kitchn

Meatless Monday is one thing, but how do you load up on veggies the rest of the week? Without going full vegetarian, it's actually quite simple to pile on the good stuff and still embrace your inner omnivore, especially this time of the year when great produce is abundant. We compiled 20 of our favorite summer dinners that bring vegetables to the center of the plate. Some are meatless, while others tuck in meat and fish here and there but still make veggies the focus. They are suppers you're sure to feel good about serving to your family this season.

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Recipe: Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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In the South, we love buttermilk for more than just biscuits and cornbread. In fact, it's one of our favorite ingredients for marinating meat — and it's not just fried chicken. Good grilled chicken can benefit from a dip in this tangy liquid. Because it has a fair amount of acidity and lots of body, the buttermilk coats the chicken in both fat and flavor and acts as a carrier for lots of garlic and a little paprika.

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Recipe: Grilled Pesto Chicken Flatbreads — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Summer and the thrill and ease of eating outside means that we should all be grilling as much as possible. So to help make that possible we're sharing these super-easy chicken and pesto flatbreads. They start with my favorite shortcut, pre-made naan bread, and get topped with basil pesto, grilled chicken breast, and corn. Make these for a quick weeknight dinner or appetizer from the grill and count on them to be done in as little as 15 minutes.

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10 Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves — Recipes from The Kitchn

Add a "the kids are cooking" night to the meal plan for the week and everyone wins. Not only is it fun for your kids to get their hands dirty and cook up something for dinner, but it also gives you a break for the evening. These 10 recipes are easy and tasty crowd-pleasers, so everyone at the table will definitely approve.

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Our Most Popular Burger, Wing, and Hot Dog Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Summer just wouldn't be summer without a few certain foods. To really celebrate the season, you should be getting your fair share of burgers, wings, and hot dogs. From juicy beef burgers, to lemon pepper wings, to a recipe for homemade corndogs, we've gathered our most popular recipes to help you enjoy plenty of these summer musts all season long.

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