Summer Recipes

Summer Drinks

Classic Cosmopolitan

To me, anything at the bar is filled with history. The drinks, the recipes, the ingredients. Everything about spirits and alcohol is,...

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea. What a strange name, given that there's really no tea in it. In fact, in my research, as...

Super Simple Sangria

Most sangria recipes are rife with a laundry list of ingredients, and require a long sitting time to infuse. Are they worth it? That’s subject to opinion. In my experience, you can get 80% of the satisfaction in 20% of the time and effort by skipping the spices, fruit, and multiple types of alcohol.

Hendricks & St. Germain

There's no fancy name, or nothing special about this drink - just two beautifully blended liquors playing with each other, creating a simple and elegant magnificence that's hard to come by and deceptively easy to prepare. It's not even really a recipe, but a combination that you're unlikely to come by on accident. A drink doesn't need 5 or 6 exotic components from all over the world; remember, a dance is done only by two. Hendricks is infused with rose and cucumber, two delicate flavors that the sweet elderflower supports and enhances.

Summer Salads & Soups

Chicken Soup with Garlic and Ginger

Chicken soup is arguably one of the most perfect foods out there. It's been around forever, it's easy to prepare, it's nutritious,...

Classic Gazpacho

As time goes on, some things just get better and better. The casserole from last night. Good wine from a year of...

Summer, the season so many wait for with such anticipation. Historically a time of rest for many, especially those of school age, summer is enjoyed by nearly everyone, if, for no other reason, all of the fun, frivolity, and food that it involves. With fall trailing close behind, summer is the ultimate season of parties and events, and food is almost always a central feature of these festive gatherings.

On this page, you’ll find a plethora of options for summer dining, whether you’re entertaining twenty of your closest friends and family, or simply indulging on the patio by yourself. Salads, cool soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks to make the most of the longer days.

Enjoy, friends, and embrace all of the opportunity that summer and these foods give you to celebrate!


Summer Entrees

Swedish Meatballs

Unless you're of Scandinavian descent, or have visited Sweden, the chances that you're familiar with swedish meatballs are pretty slim. Unless, that is, you've ever visited an IKEA, which many of us have. The Swedish-origin, Dutch-headquartered furniture, appliance, and home accessory empire opened in 1943, just 76 years ago, and now has over 400 locations worldwide. I first visited in 2015, after they finished construction on their location in St. Louis, back...

The Perfect Filet

Steak isn't something that I eat a lot of. It's something that I cook even less. But when I'm in the mood for steak, I tend to go all out, but within reason, of course. There are many cuts of steak that one can get, but there is none quite as coveted and universally well-liked as a good filet. There are also very few that are as strongly disliked as a bad...

French Skillet-Roasted Chicken

Oh boy are you in for a treat. Chicken is great, but when the seasonings are on point, it is transformed into something truly heavenly. This French Skillet-Roasted Chicken is a relatively quick and easy dish to prepare, and is the perfect entree for date night, comfort food, or really any other time that you're ready to sink your teeth into something hearty and satisfying. This dish incorporates...

Spark Of Energy Casserole

Description right here. Spark Of Energy Casserole People think of casseroles as drab remnants of the mid-20th century, but in reality they are actually extremely practical and tasty all-in-one dishes that are still relevant. This is one of my mother's "old faithful" recipes, and an excellent addition to your collection. With just enough ingredients to earn the title of "homemade", and only four steps, it's a truly...

Summer Appetizers & Sides

Buttered Dill Potatoes

This recipe for buttered dill potatoes is one of those super simple, tasty, perfect side dishes that's...

Fluffy Muffins

I enjoy carbs as much as the next person, but I try to keep it to complex carbohydrates, and keep my wheat...

Roasted Red Potatoes with Haricot Vert

Really good side dishes are unsung heroes. They are agreeable, versatile, reliable, and capable. What I mean when I say that is...

Broccoli Salad

I love broccoli - steamed with lemon on the side. Goes great with seafood and steaks! Sometimes it's nice to mix things up a bit, and this broccoli salad is my favorite. My favorite types of meals are those that mix up all the different flavor elements - salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy, soft, tangy, etc... This recipe does all of those things by itself! This is great all year-round, but especially during the holiday season, and a total winner at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday parties.

Sweet & Spicy Cornbread

This sweet, slightly spicy, savory cornbread is an inventive and soulful take on the original. The creamed corn helps to produce a dense, moist, cakey cornbread that people just can't get enough of. My favorite pairing for this is roast beef, chili, or anything with a strong savory flavor that needs a soothing complement.

Indian-Spiced Squash Soup

Some dishes excite our senses, others take them on a wild and exotic ride, some bring back memories, and then some enchant and soothe us. This Indian-spiced squash soup is something you could serve any time, any day of the year. Yet it’s in the crisp cool of autumn that the mildly-sweet earthy flavors mingle with the soothing aromatic heat of Indian spices, a warming combination that helps us more enjoyably transcend into a cooler season.

Summer Desserts

Thirty Minute Brownies

There are a million and one recipes for brownies out there, so what's one more, right? Well, if it's the one that...

Super Simple Coconut Squares

I wasn't born a fan of coconut. But, I became one, so I think there is hope for all of us, and...

Hibiscus Poached Pears with Panna Cotta

Not all recipes are super quick and easy. Not all get gasps and stares from your dinner companions either. My recipe for...

Low-Carb Cookie Dough

When delicious junk food is discussed, things like pizza, soda, and ice cream often come to mind. Cookie dough, which is equally...

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