Summer

The 10 Best Things to Eat This Labor Day — Labor Day Recipes

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I've got a lot of eating to do in these last few days of summer. I haven't had a hot dog, a corn dog, and or even a lobster roll yet. Even writing this, I have to wonder what have I been eating this summer? (The answer is toast, watermelon, and rosé.) No matter, because I'm going public with what's in store for this belly the next few days.

With Labor Day weekend on the horizon, I've assembled a dream list of things to eat over the holiday weekend. Grilled corn, a gluten-free cobbler (because I'm obsessed with the topping), and sticky-sweet, herbal lemongrass chicken thighs are on my list. Oh, and there's a creamy Brie and tomato pasta sauce that I need to whip up too. Join me, won't you, in eating my way through this list.

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20 Last-Minute Desserts for Labor Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

You've likely been having too much fun all summer to even think about Labor Day weekend. Here's some news: It's this weekend! Like always, it comes as a bit of a shock after another summer that flew by. Whether you're hosting or attending a Labor Day cookout, escaping to the beach, or just planning one last picnic, you deserve something sweet to celebrate the last few days of summer. Here are 20 last-minute recipes that fit the bill.

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Recipe: The Ultimate Baked Caprese Mac and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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The sweetest, most flavor-packed tomatoes of summer are hitting the market in full force, and that means one thing: It's caprese time! This summer I'm taking my tomato, basil, and mozzarella love affair beyond the salad bowl into comfort-food territory, and I recommend you join me. With gooey melted cheese, bright summer tomatoes, and sweet basil, this is the ultimate way to indulge in caprese.

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25 Summer Pasta Recipes to Add Your Meal Plan — Recipes from The Kitchn

There are hearty, indulgent baked pasta dishes best reserved for winter nights, and then there are these gems: warm weather-inspired recipes where the comfort of pasta converges with fresh summer flavor. These weeknight-friendly dinners are easy and comforting without being too heavy.

From a farmers market-inspired pasta dinner and pesto tortellini, to one-pot puttanesca and a made-for-summer mac and cheese, here are 25 pasta dinners to add to your meal plan right now.

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Recipe: Minty Snap Pea Salad — Salad Recipes

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This time of year I find myself tossing fresh herbs into practically everything I make. Whether it's basil, oregano, or parsley, it finds its way into my meals. That's where this snap pea salad comes in. It embraces the abundance of fresh mint and packs it into a salad that's equal parts bright and refreshing. Added to the mix are radishes for peppery crunch and balls of fresh, milky mozzarella to bulk things up and make it even more exciting to dig into.

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5 Fresh Takes for Making the Most of Summer’s Best Tomatoes — Tomato YOLO

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While all the produce that hits farmers market stalls in the summer months makes me giddy, nothing gets me more excited than tomatoes. Each week, I find myself loading up on as many as I can carry home, in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. How I'll consume them is never really settled until I am back in my kitchen, although I never worry I'll have trouble finding a way to eat them up.

The classic applications are on repeat, of course — tomato toasts, BLTs, and caprese salads — but that's really just the beginning. There are tons of new and exciting ways to eat your weight in tomatoes before the season comes to a close — it just takes adding a fresh jolt of energy to the mix. These five recipes do just that.

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