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Peaches! 7 Things to Make with Summer’s Perfect Fruit

A perfectly ripe peach is the apotheosis of summer. After the seasonal first thrill of eating peaches out of hand (preferably over the sink, to catch the juices), consider one of these seven delicious ways to capture their essence, culled from discussions on our Home Cooking board. READ MORE

Thai Boat Noodles: New York’s Next Ramen?

"This could certainly become a trend to compete with ramen," BTaylor suggests on Chowhound. "This" would be boat noodles, a Thai street-food staple that suddenly has New Yorkers buzzing, after making its first stateside splash on the West Coast. READ MORE

Salmon Burgers and 5 Tasty Ways to Top Them

Burgers may be the most riffed-on food in the American canon but let’s face it, the beef patty has limitations. Bacon, barbecue sauce, and blue cheese are a beef burger’s best buds, assertive enough to stand up to the taste of medium-rare chuck, but switch a burger’s central protein to something more delicate—salmon, say—and a whole bunch of slathering possibilities present themselves. READ MORE

6 Slushy Cocktails for Hot Summer Days

Being an adult lets you do things only grown-ups can do, with a whole childhood’s worth of inspiration to give you ideas. Take the cocktail. It’s the defining beverage for being an adult, and when it’s hot out, you can combine it with the defining beverage of your childhood summers, the 7-Eleven Slurpee, and nobody will tell you no. READ MORE

Hot Dog Toppings Rule!

As any Chicagoan knows, taking a hot dog to the next level is largely a matter of how you top it. Ketchup might have no place on a wiener, but what about Fritos and jalapeños? Totally legit. So is the stuff that graces this brace of superdogs we've collected from fellow food sites. READ MORE

Linguine with Smoked Clams and Cherry Tomatoes

Lately I’ve been going crazy with my little stovetop smoker, including transforming a basic clam pasta recipe into something special. Without the smoke, this is an old favorite of mine (I’ve used it in the past to win over guests). Adding smoky flavor makes it ready for the big time. Hats off to my smoker! READ MORE

Churro Borough: Aftermath of a Frenzy

“I officially gave my two weeks’ notice,” says Churro Borough's Sylvia Yoo. That is, of course, in reference to her interior design job. Yoo’s life turned around two weeks ago when her churro ice cream sandwich creations took the food world by storm—pegged, perhaps mistakenly, as the next Cronut—while making appearances over radio airwaves and in Time magazine. READ MORE

Best 4th of July Recipes

Somehow, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year have already come and gone. Take advantage of the outdoors before summer slips away! Whether you're planning a picnic in the park, a backyard barbecue, or a rooftop dinner party, we’ve got recipes to fuel your next alfresco gathering. First up: the Fourth of July. READ MORE

Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

A lot of us already know that, on its own, commercial mayonnaise poses no threat of food poisoning when kept at room temperature (although it may get a funky flavor you probably want to avoid). But when mayo, a perfectly good kid in his own right, starts hanging out with troublemakers (cross-contaminated or low-acid foods), the likelihood that he will toilet-paper your house (cause food poisoning) is pretty high. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Hot Wings

Wings are the perfect backyard barbecue food, either to snack on until the ribs are done or to serve with a big crunchy salad as a meal in their own right. READ MORE