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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The Best Defense Against Fruit Flies — Tips from The Kitchn

Fruit flies are a fact of life — especially come summer, when fresh produce is abundant and also spoils faster on your countertop. It's almost inevitable that you'll find a few buzzing around your kitchen. They'll eat anything that's remotely spoiled, can sneak in through open doors or the tiny holes in your window screens, and multiply swiftly.

"Fruit flies have a quick gestation period," says Scot Hodges, director of professional development for technical services at Arrow Exterminators. "It only takes them 12 to 15 hours to lay eggs, then just a week for those eggs to turn into adults, so you can develop a problem really quickly." Great.

Don't panic just yet. Here's what you need to do.

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5 Fresh Salads for Your Next Party, Potluck, or Backyard BBQ — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

I firmly believe that you can never have too many salads and sides at summer potlucks — extra emphasis on the salads. They're the beacon of freshness that celebrate the ripe summer produce at our fingertips and help balance out all the taco dip, burgers, ribs, and ice cream.

Of course, there are the classic salads you expect to see in the summer potluck lineup, but this year lead the charge with fresh new flavors and combinations that will impress the whole crowd.

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9 Things to Keep in Your Car to Always Be Picnic-Ready — Family Vacation

Picnics and outdoor movies are some of the best parts of summer — and we like to be ready for them at a moment's notice. You can take care of all the food you need with a quick 15-minute trip to the grocery store, but it's best to have a few essentials tucked away in the trunk of your car so you can be ready to head to the park whenever the mood strikes.

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