15 Vegetables to Instantly Improve Your Vegetable Platter — The Vegetable Butcher

I love that I can find a platter of vegetables at every birthday, barbecue, and holiday gathering. But let's face it — carrot sticks, celery sticks, and sliced cucumbers are not the only candidates to arrange on a platter and serve with a dip. (I'm not judging; I get myself into that rut, too.)

There are tons of vegetables that would love an opportunity to shine on a platter, to serve as a vehicle for a pesto, salsa, vinaigrette, vegetable puree, cheesy dip, or hummus.

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15 Vegetables to Instantly Improve Your Vegetable Platter — The Vegetable Butcher

I love that I can find a platter of vegetables at every birthday, barbecue, and holiday gathering. But let's face it — carrot sticks, celery sticks, and sliced cucumbers are not the only candidates to arrange on a platter and serve with a dip. (I'm not judging; I get myself into that rut, too.)

There are tons of vegetables that would love an opportunity to shine on a platter, to serve as a vehicle for a pesto, salsa, vinaigrette, vegetable puree, cheesy dip, or hummus.

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Treat Yourself to One of These 12 S’mores Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Second to frozen desserts, like ice cream and popsicles, s'mores (in any and all forms!) are a summertime staple. Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows — no matter how you arrange those three simple ingredients, this dessert is a treat.

Whether you go for the standard toasted marshmallow and wedge of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers, prefer a more creative filling, or transform this sweet treat into something baked or frozen, you're on track for a delicious summer.

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Treat Yourself to One of These 12 S’mores Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Second to frozen desserts, like ice cream and popsicles, s'mores (in any and all forms!) are a summertime staple. Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows — no matter how you arrange those three simple ingredients, this dessert is a treat.

Whether you go for the standard toasted marshmallow and wedge of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers, prefer a more creative filling, or transform this sweet treat into something baked or frozen, you're on track for a delicious summer.

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Your Guide to Loving Zucchini and Summer Squash All Season Long — Guides from The Kitchn

It's easy to love zucchini and summer squash when they first appear on farmers market tables in vibrant stacks of green and yellow — trickier once we move deeper into the summer and zucchini seems to be stalking us at every turn. This summer, let's establish some new favorites early on and keep the party going as long as we possibly can.

Here's your guide to choosing, cooking, and loving zucchini and summer squash, from first blossom to the final garden harvest.

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Sage — Herb Gardening 101

Mention the beautiful, hazy, pale green leaves of garden sage, and I immediately envision scenes in my grandmother's kitchen at Thanksgiving. Sage's pronounced pine-like aroma capitalizes on our most memory-evoking sense: smell. All I want at that moment is savory sage stuffing or sage-studded breakfast sausage to suddenly appear in my kitchen. I'd even settle for a sour cherry and sage bourbon smash.

The best part about growing sage is that you only need one of these incredibly easy-to-grow plants in your garden to enjoy its flavor throughout the year.

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