Summer

A Summer Checklist to Get Your Kitchen Ready for Warm Weather — Bring the Outdoors In

Ah, summer — it finally arrives this week! While you may picture a whole season of grilling out, your kitchen will still end up working just as hard as usual — maybe even harder.

Before you change your cooking habits for the next few months, give your kitchen a once-over to keep it performing at its best. Here's a quick checklist of what you should do.

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10 Simple Vegetarian Summer Suppers — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Everything about summer always feel more simple, relaxed, and laid-back. And I firmly believe the dinners in my meal plan should follow suit. There's no time like right now to lean on the abundance of ripe, fresh produce for veggie-friendly meals. Here are 10 recipes to get you started.

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Recipe: Strawberry Honey Butter — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When strawberries are in season, it's hard not to inhale the cartons you bring home immediately before even thinking about what else you'll do with them. I encourage you, however, to put some aside to make this butter — rich with all that fruity flavor, enhanced by honey and orange zest, and just begging to be slathered on toast or biscuits and melted all over your pancakes and waffles.

When the season is said and done, a taste of this butter will be a welcome reminder of just how sweet it was.

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5 Recipes to Solve the Most Common Summer Dinner Conundrums — Easy Summer Suppers

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Summer brings its own unique set of situations when it comes to dinner. Produce is at its peak and we want to make the most of it while still taking weekend vacations, grilling with friends, and making weeknight dinners that sometimes need to be on the quick-and-easy side.

There are five essential recipes that will get you through most summer supper situations — the heat-wave weeknight dinners, the road-trip-ready meals, a great grilling recipe for guests, or a recipe that will use up the last of the zucchini. There's even a salad that will get you back in meal-planning mode after a long vacation.

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Here’s How to Pick the Best Carton of Strawberries — Ingredient Intelligence

There isn't really anything sweeter than the arrival of strawberry season. For me, it not only marks the arrival of fresh fruit after a long, cold winter of imported citrus and cellared apples, but it's also the kickoff to all the berries and stone fruit that's soon to arrive. Now's the time to binge on cartons of strawberries until your fingers are stained and your belly is stuffed. Here's how to buy the best of the best, because the season is too short not to.

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How To Make the Best Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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Good chocolate ice cream has contrasting allure. It's rich, cool, and creamy with dark roasted flavors only cocoa can impart. This chocolate ice cream is for the real die-hard chocolate-lovers in the group. It's sweet and malty, with the tiniest bitter tones to balance that sweetness. Almost right in the middle between dark chocolate and milk, it's the kind of chocolate ice cream that doesn't leave you wishing there was more chocolate in the mix or less.

After tasting and testing several chocolate ice cream recipes, I can firmly say this is the best one I've tried yet. For starters, this ice cream's base doesn't require tempering eggs with hot cream, so it's easier to make. It has not one but three types of chocolate, and it doesn't freeze up impossibly hard to scoop, thanks to a secret ingredient.

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