10 Things You Can Make for a Last-Minute 4th of July Get-Together — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Good news! Even though 4th of July festivities are right around the corner, there are a lot of perfect-for-summer dishes that are super easy to pull together at a moment's notice. So, whether you're throwing an impromptu get-together or you didn't quite have the time you expected to pull off that red, white, and blue jello mold, we've got you covered with 10 easy last-minute recipes.

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Recipe: Spiked Strawberry Lemonade — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

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A glass of cold lemonade never seems to be beyond arm's reach during some of the very best moments of summer — whether that is lounging on a front porch, running around the backyard, or dipping into your friend's pool. Enjoying the classic is near perfect, but it doesn't hurt to make it a little more adult-friendly and fit for 5 o'clock. Spike it with a little white rum and sweeten it with a handful of muddled strawberries and suddenly it is ready for happy hour.

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This Is the Most Popular Strawberry Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

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It's summer! Hello, outdoor BBQs, twilight reaching into almost the wee hours of the morning, and all the strawberries you can handle.

Like tomatoes, corn, and freckles, strawberries reach their peak in summer. They are tart, sweet, ruby-hued jewels that tastes unmistakably of June, July, and August. Although they are absolutely perfect straight from the farmers market, sometimes you want something a little fancier — something to serve at parties, to savor after dinner, and, quite frankly, to dig into for a decadent midnight snack. Lucky for you, Pinterest has you covered.

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The One Thing You Should Get Right for an Epic Pool Party — Birthday of the Month

We've waited all year for pool party season to arrive, and it's finally here. Sure, pool parties are terrific if you're celebrating a birthday or holiday, but sometimes you don't even need a reason — it's just fun to get your loved ones (of all ages!) in the pool to soak up some sun.

Whether you're splashing around a public pool or lounging in a private backyard, you don't need much money or time to throw a truly epic pool party. As long as you give a little forethought into how the party will go, you really just need to do one major thing.

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The Best Bacon Is Grilled Bacon — The Grill Guide

Assuming you're a person who loves bacon — not a terribly hard summit to scale, given that it's crispy, salty, and bad for you, or basically three of the only good reasons to eat anything — I am going to go out on a limb and assume you do not eat it as often as you want to and only some of this has to do with arterial health.

The fact is that unless you life in a massive house with one of those professional ranges and venting systems, frying up bacon on a lazy Saturday morning all but guarantees you will wake up on Sunday, take a deep breath, and think whatever the opposite of "Mmm, day-old bacon grease — my favorite!" is. Or worse, someone might come over on Monday and wonder if you saved them a piece.

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5 Important Rules of Road Trip Snacks — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

In my life, I have taken a lot of road trips. I have also eaten a lot of snacks. Along the way, I've learned that there's a science to road trip snacks. Here are my five rules of road trip snacks.

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