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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7 Things to Make This Sunday So You Don’t Have to Turn on the Stove Next Week — Tips from The Kitchn

With the hot, humid days of summer, there's an even bigger benefit to sticking with your Sunday meal prep routine. You already know it can save you time during the week, but right now it also means keeping the kitchen cool and leaving the oven off on steamy weeknights. Heat up the kitchen just once to cook these seven versatile things, and you're in for a week of easy, no-sweat summer suppers.

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The 5 Best Pizza Places in Philly, According to a Local — Summer Vacations for Food-Lovers

Philly is known for its gooey cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, but we've been known to sling a mean pizza pie, too. Within our city limits you'll encounter a range of styles, from wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas to Brooklyn-style thick-crust pizzas.

My husband, who was born and raised in Philly, insists that no roundup of Philly's best pizza places would be complete without mentioning two legendary pizza institutions: Tacconelli's Pizzeria, a brick-oven pizzeria in the Port Richmond neighborhood, and South Street's Lorenzo & Sons, where $3.50 gets you a humungous, no-frills New York-style slice of cheese pizza served on two paper plates.

While many adore these old-school places, there's no comparing them to the newer pizza restaurants on the scene, at least in my humble opinion. Not only do these new pizzerias have serious accolades, but each place either honors classic pizza traditions or pushes the envelope, elevating the art of the pie.

Here are five places that are currently making the most transcendent, best-reviewed pizzas in Philly.

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11 Surprising Cleaning Uses for Things You Already Have in Your Pantry Right Now — Apartment Therapy

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