The Complete Summer Cookbook: Beat the Heat with 500 Recipes that Make the Most of Summer's Bounty by America's Test Kitchen Editors

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  • Lemon posset with berries

    • julesamomof2 on September 08, 2020

      I made this with Stevia, which didn't fully dissolve so it ended up a bit grainy. Everyone said they liked it, but it would have been much better with regular sugar. Recipe makes enough for 4 VERY small portions.

  • Tzatziki

    • hbakke on June 03, 2021

      Delicious! Maybe my favorite tzatziki recipe I've made. The changes I made were to use a very large clove of garlic, and I didn't peel or seed the cucumber. I used a combination of mint and dill for the herbs.

  • Slow-cooker sweet and tangy pulled chicken

    • hbakke on July 02, 2021

      A nice pulled chicken recipe, but not really spectacular. It tasted nearly the same as shredded chicken mixed with store-bought barbecue sauce, so maybe not worth the effort.

  • Chicken souvlaki

    • hbakke on June 03, 2021

      The tzatziki is the star of this souvlaki recipe. I think the barbecue time may be off because the chicken was overcooked and dry at 15 minutes, so I would watch them more closely next time. Overall this was a tasty dinner. I liked the steaming trick for the pitas on the barbecue. They were perfectly softened. I would make this again.

  • Buttermilk coleslaw

    • hbakke on July 02, 2021

      I wanted to try a different than our usual coleslaw recipe, but we didn't love this. The shallots gave it too oniony of a flavor that I don't normally associate with coleslaw and others hated the addition of parsley. I guess I'll be going back to a more plain recipe in the future.

  • Peach-strawberry frosé

    • hbakke on June 05, 2021

      Refreshing. A nice summer drink.

  • Grilled steak sandwiches

    • dc151 on October 04, 2020

      The sauce for this is fantastic. It's a quick meal that is very memorable

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  • ISBN 10 1948703149
  • ISBN 13 9781948703147
  • Published Apr 21 2020
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 464
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen

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A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven't much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or at room temp), like Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Tomato salad and Tzatziki. Fix-and-forget recipes like North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork made in the electric pressure cooker won't steam up the kitchen. Equally easy are dinner salads; we've got enough to keep them interesting and varied, from Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Garlic Toasts to Grilled Caesar Salad. Barely more effort are fresh summer recipes requiring the briefest stint in a pan, such as Beet and Carrot Noodle Salad with Chicken or Braised Striped Bass with Zucchini and Tomatoes.

Ready to take the party outside? You'll find all you need for casual patio meals prepared entirely on the grill (from meat to veggies, even pizza). Throw a fantastic cookout with easy starters, frosty drinks, and picnic must-haves like Picnic Fried Chicken, Classic Potato Salad, and Buttermilk Coleslaw. Visited the farmers' market? Find ideas for main dishes as well as sides inspired by the seasonal bounty, plus the best fruit desserts worth turning on the oven for. To end your meal on a cooler note, turn to a chapter of icebox desserts and no-bake sweets.

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