5 Recipes for a Casual Dinner Outdoors — Menus from The Kitchn

Al fresco entertaining should be as easy and effortless as possible. I try to design my menus using a mix of recipes that can be made in advance, and that are best served cold or at room temperature, along with just one warm item — whether it’s hot off the grill or held in the oven. Fruit bars and squares often make a perfect dessert, topped with good-quality store-bought ice cream … because you shouldn’t try to make everything yourself.

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

When I think of rosemary, I imagine the rolling hillsides in the south of France, peppered with wild rosemary bushes. I just want to pour myself a glass of rosé, sit poolside, and take in its resinous aroma. Rosemary is not only about aesthetics, though — it adds a flavorful finishing touch to many a savory dish, like grilled lamb, roasted chicken, or toasty focaccia.

Rosemary is easy to grow, evergreen in many climates, and it thrives in containers. There's no excuse why you shouldn't be growing some of your own.

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12 Summery Appetizers That Keep the Oven Off — Recipes from The Kitchn

I don't know about you, but even though the heat wave has died down, I still cannot bring myself to go anywhere near the stove. It's too soon. And really, it's not likely I'll change my stance anytime before Labor Day. From here on out, I'm all about no-cook foods.

Whether you need a few light bites before dinner, or better yet a dinner made of appetizers, here are 12 no-heat recipes to get you inspired.

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What to Read This Weekend — Food News: July 20 – 26

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