Make Ahead

Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

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I firmly believe that summer is a time for uncomplicated desserts meant for celebrating all the sweet fruit at our fingertips. This year I'm swapping my pie dish for a trusty 9x13-inch pan and this easy bar dessert reminiscent of a classic cherry pie. Sweet cherries are unmistakably the star of this dessert, although I have no doubt you'll love the almond-scented, buttery crust just as much.

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5 Fruit-Filled Summer Breakfast Casseroles — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If you're someone who prefers a morning meal that's sweet and fruity, these breakfast casseroles are for you. With inspiration pulled from classics like blueberry pancakes, French toast, and a sweet variation on strata, these breakfast bakes will satisfy your sweet tooth with extra help from all the seasonal fruit at your fingertips. And as casseroles should be, this selection is ideal for feeding a crowd and can be made ahead. Just don't forget the maple syrup!

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Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

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Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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Recipe: Pepperoni Chips — Easy Snack Recipes

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The first time I made these pepperoni chips for a dinner party with friends, I put them down alongside the cheese and olives, turned back into the kitchen to get my wine glass, and by the time I returned, the chips were gone. I really am not kidding. These crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy little guys are sure to be a hit among anyone you serve them to. Not only do they require just one ingredient, but they also happen to be gluten-free. Make a big batch to enjoy over happy hour, to pack up for a snack for the kids, or to munch on during the afternoon slump — they work no matter the occasion.

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Recipe: The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler — Easy Dessert Recipes

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I grew up close enough to Maine to know that summer wasn't summer unless there were heaps of blueberries involved. That meant not only spending at least a few Saturdays at U-pick farms, but also drives up the coast that involved stopping on the side of the road whenever we saw a glimmer of wild berries. Blueberry muffins, pies, and cobblers were soon to follow. I still can't go a summer without churning these three things out of my kitchen.

This is the cobbler I am making this year. It's the ultimate because it's exactly what a good blueberry cobbler should be: It's sweet and juicy, bound to stain your teeth a little, and just asking for the biggest scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's also got a tiny secret that makes it the "blueberriest" of blueberry cobblers — and it's not just adding more blueberries.

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Cook Once, Eat All Week: 10 Big-Batch Summer Suppers — Recipes from The Kitchn

When the weather is balmy and perfect, it can sometimes feel especially hard to get dinner on the table. Wouldn't we all rather be soaking up the sun than standing over the stove? Luckily, there is a way to have it all: Make a meal that can be stretched throughout the week. Do this one evening during the week and the rest of your week will be set. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.

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