Make Ahead

Recipe: Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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When you start your day off with something sweet, like this breakfast bake, it's pretty much a guarantee that it's going to be a good one. This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries. The result is pure decadence for breakfast — something we all need every once in a while.

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Recipe: Red Wine Strawberries — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Fresh, in-season strawberries don't need much to dress them up — really just eating them out of hand will do. But if you want to turn them into a dinner party-worthy dessert, you don't have to try much harder. Let those berries swim in a mix of red wine, brown sugar, and vanilla for a little bit, and they are transformed into something even better than you can imagine.

These boozy strawberries taste almost caramelized and just a touch earthy, yet they are still incredibly juicy and bright. When served in bowls with billowy dollops of crème fraîche or whipped cream, they are definitely the best way to finish off a seasonal meal with your favorite people.

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20 Make-Ahead Dishes You Can Bring to Any Cookout — Recipes from The Kitchn

I have two rules when heading to summer cookouts and potlucks: Never show up empty-handed, and leave ample time to whip up a dish the crowd will love. No matter what your timeframe looks like, and whether you have a full day or an hour to prep your dish, there's a recipe here for you.

From hearty broccoli and cauliflower "slaw" and summery succotash, to a tropical icebox cake and pitcher drinks for a crowd, here are 20 make-ahead recipes perfect for your summer cookout.

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Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Jello Mold — Easy Dessert Recipes

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If you're feeling patriotic, there are plenty of red, white, and blue jello mold recipes out there, but the kicker is that most start out with boxes of flavored gelatin. Let's go for a tastier version, shall we? One with real fruit juice and lots of fresh fruit suspended in the layers, and no artificial colors.

This dessert is quite the showstopper — especially for kids. Plus, who doesn't love a sweet-tart red layer filled with strawberries, a creamy vanilla-based middle layer that tastes a bit like whipped cream, and a dark-blue layer chock-full of plump blueberries? Having it all in one slice is the best part. Not only will you get an amazing, satisfying feeling as you cut into the three gorgeous layers, but your taste buds (and guests!) will also thank you.

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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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