Party Food

How To Make a Watermelon Roll Just Like Friendly’s — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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A watermelon roll is a sherbet-meets-ice cream treat made famous by Friendly's restaurants, but at home this refreshing treat is the kind of pure fun that makes you the hero of the neighborhood pool party.

A watermelon roll is made by layering watermelon sherbet (easily made in the blender) with vanilla ice cream (make your own or use store-bought) and studded with chocolate chips to create the appearance of a watermelon with a cool and creamy twist. This homemade watermelon roll recipe is easy to make and heavy on the fun. Here's how it's done.

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Recipe: Hot Corn Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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As soon as those ears of sweet corn hit the market, take a night to enjoy them as they are, piping-hot with lots of butter. Then immediately move onto this warm and creamy corn casserole, because it is the most irresistible way to use up a few ears of sweet corn. It's cheesy and indulgent, although the mix of tender kernels of corn, veggies, fresh herbs, and a pop of heat keep it in check so it's not too heavy for summer.

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A Family-Friendly Menu for Your Summer Pool Party — Family Vacation

If I learned one thing about growing up with a pool in the backyard, it's that your house will almost always be the spot for get-togethers with friends and family all summer long. And that is just fine, because pool parties are one of the very best ways to spend those steamy summer afternoons.

Of course, with any good pool party comes a spread of simple yet delicious food that will satisfy everyone from the young to the young at heart. This menu feeds six to eight people comfortably and most everything is prepped the day before, so all that's left are a few finishing touches before everyone arrives. We've even included a timeline on exactly how you can pull this together in advance.

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Recipe: Easy Rainbow Icebox Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

I think we can all agree that the rainbow trend reached peak unicorn when Starbucks made a drink based on the popularity of multi-hued foods, but you try explaining this to my 5-year-old.

Looking for a rainy-day baking project, I had a lightbulb recipe moment: We could make a rainbow cake without turning on the oven and using just four ingredients with a classic back-of-the box recipe. And so on this rainy day, a rainbow icebox cake was born.

All the flavors you know and love from icebox cake — soft, chocolatey wafers and cool, lightly sweetened whipped cream — are made more magical with a little food coloring and sprinkles. Here's how to be a rainbow cake hero using just four ingredients.

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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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