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13 Ways to Get Your Ratatouille Fix

If there’s one essential truth about ratatouille, it’s that it has to be built around the summery trio of eggplant, summer squash, and tomato. Beyond that, everything is fair game. No two chefs can agree on how precisely to make it—Julia Child insisted on sauteeing each of the ingredients individually before baking them casserole style, while Joël Robuchon prefers to simmer them in a pot. Plus, from brunch-worthy recipes with eggs to inventive takes like ratatouille grilled cheese, it’s hard to say exactly which is the best way to eat it. READ MORE

Meatball Sliders Are Perfect for a 4th of July BBQ

Hamburgers are great and all, but this 4th of July, why not make meatball sliders for your backyard (or even rooftop) barbecue? Watch Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop in New York City, share their favorite meatball recipe for summer entertaining, in a video from our friends at TV Guide. READ MORE

6 Ice Cream Cakes You Need to Try This Summer

An ice cream cake is an almost unbelievable thing, the best of cake and the best of ice cream, combined as one cool, whipped cream–topped slab on a paper plate. They’re easier to make (well, decorate) than a layer cake, homey and old-fashioned and altogether perfect for summer birthdays, picnics, and dinner parties that stretch late into the night. READ MORE

11 Picnic Recipes for the Ultimate Day at the Beach

Beach towel, check. Umbrella and sunscreen, check. Stack of magazines, check. Now add to your beach packing list these 11 recipes, perfect for toting in the car and snacking on in hot, sunny weather. READ MORE

Please Shut Up and Give Green Pea Guacamole a Try

In the heated debate over green pea guacamole, I am adamantly pro-peas. Here’s why. READ MORE

15 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for the 4th of July

Independence Day: a time to wrap yourself in the colors of Old Glory. Don’t stop at the picnic buffet table—these 15 summer-ready recipes all feature red, white, or blue prominently. Mix and match as the occasion (and your own sense of patriotism) guides you! READ MORE

An Easy Hack to Make Your Gas Grill Burn Hotter

Before summer technically even began, we had conflicted feelings about the liquid propane grill. It’s handy, but only an imperfect substitute for high-temperature grilling over real charcoal. The cart grills many of us have cook like glorified butane burners: The grill marks are never as thick and black as you want them, and there’s no ambient smoke to flavor the food, unless you classify grease flareups as “smoke.” READ MORE

Eat Your Way Through the 13 Colonies on July 4th

July 4th is a day made for embracing your patriotic side, setting off fireworks, and, of course, eating like it’s your civic duty. There are plenty of recipes out there that honor the occasion with some sort of food coloring-heavy red, white, and blue dessert thingamajig. But a real American feast takes it to the max. READ MORE

9 Reasons to Cook Fried Chicken this Weekend

As if you needed an excuse for making fried chicken, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6th) is a holiday worth celebrating. Check out these recipes for fried chicken that will make your mouth water and are a perfect dish to serve for a simple summer supper with a salad or cole slaw. READ MORE

11 Desserts That Show Off Zucchini’s Sweet Side

As a savory ingredient, zucchini tends to split people in two. Some love its juiciness and grassy flavor, others aren’t so keen on its squishy texture. But when it’s baked into something sweet, pretty much anyone can get behind the summer squash. READ MORE