Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season

Fresh Food Using Seasonal Ingredients

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I took this photo at a nearby farmer’s market

Annette McCarthy

Enjoy our best summer recipes and revel in the season’s bounty! Now is the best time to savor juicy fruit ripened by the Sun, and bring fresh tomatoes, squash, and sweet corn from the garden to the table.

Tomato Recipes


Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner. Gazpacho is a classic and refreshing tomato soup, perfect for any summer evening.

Fresh Tomato and Basil Quiche

Classic Gazpacho

Tomato Herb Bread

Zucchini and Tomato Casserole

Pasta With Fresh Tomato Sauce

Heirloom Tomato and Basil Salad

Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Sandwiches

Tomato Jam

Sweet Corn Recipes


Photo Credit: Iryna Melnyk/ Corn Salad is a healthy and refreshing side when you don’t want to sink your teeth into corn on the cob.

Corn and Black-Bean Pitas

Corn Quiche

Corn Salad

Corn-Chive Polenta Cakes with Prosciutto

Zucchini and Squash Recipes


Photo Credit: Almanac Staff. These Zucchini Sausage Squares will have you wanting to bake everything with zucchini!

Zucchini Sausage Squares

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Cutlets

Zucchini and Tomato Casserole

Curried Butternut Squash

Onion Recipes


Photo Credit: MaraZe/ Don’t worry—biting into a Grilled French Onion is much more tasty than biting into a raw one!

Savory Vidalia Onion Turnovers

Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Onion

Brown Onion Rice Casserole

Grilled French Onion

Spinach Recipes


Photo Credit: forden/ Trick your kids into eating spinach with this delicious quiche.

Spinach Quiche

Greek Spinach Melt

Spinach Salad

Cucumber Recipes


Photo Credit: Catherine Boeckmann. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a Cucumber and Tomato Salad.

Scalloped Cucumbers and Zucchini

Cold Cucumber Soup

Cucumber and Tomato Salad


Bell Pepper Recipes


Photo Credit: vanillaechoes/ Of course you’ve had tomato soup, but have you tried it with bell peppers? Give it a shot, and we think you’ll be delighted.

Chicken with Roasted Red Bell Peppers and Rosemary

Pepper Relish

Tomato and Sweet Pepper Soup

Green Bean Recipes


Photo Credit: HandmadePictures/ Our Green Bean Salad has little tastes of bacon, just to spice things up.

Green Bean Salad

Green Beans Viennese

Green Bean Soup

Blueberry Recipes


Photo Credit: Ekaterina Kondratova/ We know you can’t resist this delectable blueberry crumble.

Blueberry Crumble

Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

Sonja’s Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Brandy Pie

Glazed Blueberry Pie

Peach Recipes


Photo Credit: Brent Hofacker/ Forget the blueberry crumble—this peach cobbler has stolen our hearts!

Grilled Peach Glazed Chicken

Peach Cobbler

Golden Peach Salsa

More Fruit Recipes


Photo Credit: merc67/ You can’t go wrong with a cool Berry Tart on a warm summer’s night.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie

Mildred’s Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Shortbread

Berry Tart with Blackberry Sage Creme Anglaise

More Vegetable Recipes


Photo Credit: Vezzani Photography/ We’ve got all the tips you need to grill up your favorite summer vegetables like squash and zucchini.

Carrot-Zucchini Muffins

Country Garden Soup

Grilled Summer Vegetables

Colorful Vegetable Salad

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I have a question about the

I have a question about the basil/tomato frittata recipe recently in my email (which sounds delicious!)--when the recipe says eight ounces of cheddar cheese, and 4 of jack cheese, are these weights or 8 oz./4oz. in a standard measuring cup? Appreciate and answer from someone smarter than me!

If you're referring to this

If you're referring to this recipe: then the answer is 8 oz and 4 oz are weights. Take an 8 oz block of cheddar cheese and grate it. Take a 4 oz block of Monterey Jack cheese and grate it. Hope this helps!