Summer

Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you're looking to take your regular pasta salad up a notch this summer, look no further than a diner classic for inspiration. Stuffed with just three ingredients and a swipe of mayo, BLTs are timeless favorite. This pasta salad takes everything you love about that irresistible sandwich and folds it into a summery side that's sure to be a hit at your next potluck.

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10 Ways to Preserve Peak-Season Tomatoes — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you're eating your weight in tomatoes this time of year, it's hard to even fathom the idea that the season will eventually come to a close and you'll only be left with memories of the juicy tomato salads, sandwiches, and pastas you ate. Don't let the fear of an upcoming six months of mealy, grocery-store tomatoes get you down just yet, however. If you take a little time on a lazy summer Saturday to preserve a big bunch of sweet tomatoes now, you'll no doubt be thanking yourself come winter. Churn out jars of homemade tomato sauce and logs of aromatic compound butter and you'll have a taste of summer waiting for you in your pantry throughout the rest of the year.

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Recipe: Tomato Tarte Tatin — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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This is your summer showstopper. It's so pretty to look at that it's guaranteed to receive applause at the table. It's even better to eat, of course. Tomatoes — the true gems of the season — are the focus here. No cheese or aromatics like garlic and onions stand in their way. Instead, their juicy, rich flavor stands freely on its own in this savory twist on a tarte tatin, a classic French caramelized, upside-down pastry that's most often made with apples for dessert. A touch of balsamic vinegar and honey help caramelize the tomatoes in this take, while coaxing out their inherent sweetness, and just a touch of fresh thyme gilds the lily. All this atop a buttery, flaky puff pastry crust — it's no wonder this recipe will be a crowd-pleaser.

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25 Vegetable Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends — Recipes from The Kitchn

The abundance of produce summer brings is something that's celebrated all season long. If you're anything like me, you've been eating as much corn, tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini as you possibly can these past couple of months. So as summer winds down, look to this collection of recipes to ensure you continue to get your fill until our attention shifts to fall.

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Recipe: Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here's a simple yet satisfying salad to make for dinner tonight. If you've got a couple cans of white beans in your pantry, you're already halfway there. Drain the beans and toss in as many juicy, in-season cherry tomatoes as you can possibly fit in the bowl; add a few big handfuls of tangy, salty feta and plenty of chopped fresh parsley and oregano; and then dress the whole mess in a sharp, aromatic shallot vinaigrette. The result is a flavor-packed salad that feels hearty yet still light and fresh enough to fit the season.

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Recipe: Summer Vegetable Gratin — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it seems like summer markets are being overrun by zucchini and tomatoes, it's time for a summer vegetable gratin. Layered with onions and garlic and topped with a mixture of buttery breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, this baked vegetable dish is the anecdote to one more zucchini salad. The vegetables bake into tender bubbly submission, melting them into a rich medley of summer freshness.

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