Summer

Recipe: 2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet — Recipes from The Kitchn

Creamy, dreamy sherbet was my favorite frozen treat growing up. The combination of fruit and cream is delightfully refreshing. When working on a watermelon roll recipe, I accidentally discovered the best watermelon sherbet. But that's not even the good part — it only requires two ingredients and a food processor!

Yes, you can turn watermelon into a creamy sherbet with just one other ingredient: sweetened condensed milk.

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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: 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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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Family Dinners from the Farmers Market — Next Week’s Meal Plan

My meal-planning routine has changed a bit since summer started. Instead of doing all my planning on Friday night, I wait until after the farmers market on Saturday to formulate a plan. I give myself a budget for buying eggs, vegetables, fruit, and bread (always buy the bread) at the market and just buy whatever looks great that week. After we get home with our haul, I put things away, make a plan, and grocery shop for staples or missing ingredients in the afternoon.

This farmers market-centric meal-planning routine keeps me inspired and gives me flexibility each week. Here's what a week of farmers market-inspired meals looks like for my family of four.

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It’s Totally Weird for Summer, but I’m Obsessed with Sweet Potatoes Right Now — Kitchn Obsessions

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Summer is synonymous with cold salads, Popsicles, and grilled food. It's the time of year when you're supposed to say goodbye to your oven (unless you're making pie), and opt for simple, fresh meals. It's the time for weekly trips to the farmers market, tons of seasonal vegetables and fruits, and lazy beach days. It should be all about lazy cooking.

So why, all of a sudden, am I obsessed with roasted sweet potatoes?

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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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