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How To Grill the Best Corn on the Cob — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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It's summer, which means that not only is your grill hot, but corn is finally juicy and sweet. The two need to meet. While I'd like to tell you it's as simple as throwing the cobs on the hot grill and letting the two mingle, there is some work that must be done to get the corn and its husk ready for the grill.

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How To Grill Even Better Asparagus — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Asparagus is a vegetable that is transformed by hot-and-fast cooking. It's why we love roasted and stir-fried asparagus, and why we fall in love each spring with grilled asparagus. Grilling makes asparagus tender while imparting a delightful char and smoky flavor — but to be honest, grilling asparagus can be tricky. Most asparagus is just wide enough to slip between the grill grates and fall into the fire.

Last summer, I learned the super-simple solution for grilling asparagus that makes them easier to flip and keeps them from falling into the grill: skewers. Threaded together, you can cook five to six skewers at once and transform fresh asparagus into a fast and fancy side with just olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Recipe: Seasonal Fruit Chaat — Ramadan Recipes from The Kitchn

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Fruit chaat, a spiced fruit salad, is a ubiquitous iftar fruit dish, present on pretty much every South Asian iftar table. You could argue that there really is no recipe for chaat and if there was, the variations would number in the hundreds if not thousands, as it changes with the seasons and according to each family's taste. Traditionally, in India and Pakistan, fruit chaat, a type of spiced fruit salad, is made with apples, oranges, bananas, and guava, if they are in season. But the vital part of what makes chaat is the chaat masala.

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Recipe: Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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You're going to want to keep this salad firmly planted in your summer meal plan rotation and at the ready for all of your picnics and potlucks. It is what I consider a multi-purpose, do-it-all salad — one that everyone can eat. It gets its bulk from protein-rich pantry staples like quinoa and beans, and picks up freshness, crunch, and color from a medley of veggies before it's tied together with a zippy chile-lime dressing. You can count on it to hold its own as the main course or a side that pairs with all your summer favorites.

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Recipe: Strawberry Mojito Pitcher — Easy Pitcher Drinks

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Strawberries, on their own, are the taste of summer. Add them to a mojito and you have a berry good drink. The red berries leach their sweetness into the pitcher as they're muddled, acting as the ideal contrast to all that mint and rum. Now, batch that recipe up so that it'll fill your favorite pitcher and you have the makings of a fresh and fruity crowd-pleaser. If you thought regular mojitos were refreshing, this one is doubly so.

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How To Make the Ultimate Frozen Margaritas — Drinks Lessons from The Kitchn

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My love for a margarita knows no bounds — I love a very classic fresh lime juice and tequila over the rocks margarita just as much as I love the sweet pitchers that our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant serves up. Frothy blended margaritas have a distinct appeal on a warm patio in the middle of summer — icy cold with a strong flavor that melts into a refreshingly mellow drink that keeps you from drinking too much.

On a mission to recreate what I love about a blended margarita without using sour mix or a can of limeade concentrate, I discovered an ice cube tray was the secret ingredient to making a blender margarita taste just as good as a fresh one with all the laid-back ease and hospitality the pitcher varieties offer.

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