Serve this simple but elegant pound cake with honey-sweetened whipped cream and fresh fruit for an easy summer dessert.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Honey Whipped Cream |

I absolutely love entertaining, especially during the summer. All the fresh produce makes meal planning a cinch since so much of it can be served with little to no prep, and warm weather means we can enjoy being outside all evening long.

When I do have dinner guests I try to keep dessert super simple. One of my summer go-to’s is an easy loaf cake with whipped cream and fresh fruit. It’s light, easy to prep in advance, and it always gets rave reviews. >> More


Light and fresh, this grilled squash, corn and kale salad with creamy sunflower seed dressing is both delicious and swimsuit season friendly!

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Grilled Squash, Corn and Kale Salad with Sunflower Seed Dressing |

As much as I talk about living off of ice cream this time of year, the truth is that it’s simply not true. Because I also spend a whole lot of the summer in a swimsuit. And the two just don’t mix well.

Thankfully summer produce is so abundant and fabulous, that I don’t even mind binging on vegetables in between my bowls of ice cream. In fact, I love it. And this salad? All the heart eyes.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this salad ever since I saw it in a Food and Wine magazine last month. It’s got so many things that I love— zucchini, yellow squash, and corn charred on the grill and tossed with kale and fresh dill. >> More


A few secret ingredients take this basic strawberry jam from great to fabulous.

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The best strawberry jam! |

Canning has become one of my favorite summertime hobbies. Few things feel as rewarding as opening a summery jar  of preserved fruits or vegetables in the middle of winter, and for me it is well worth the effort.

I’ve put up all kinds of goodies— marinara sauce, berry syrup, applesauce, pie filling, whole peaches, and of course, jam. Strawberry jam was my first love, the first thing I ever canned. And it’s so easy, I continue to make it every year.

Basic homemade strawberry jam is already better than anything you can buy at the store, but this recipe has a few simple additions that make it shine above all other recipes I’ve tried. >> More


Homemade vanilla ice cream, a chunky blueberry swirl, and crumbly graham cracker clusters make up this delightful blueberry pie ice cream.

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Blueberry Pie Ice Cream |

I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, but I have yet to bake a pie this summer. It’s just too hot and I can’t bear to turn on the oven any more than I have to.

So when I saw this recipe for Blueberry Pie Ice Cream in my friend Becky Rosenthal‘s new book, Fast to the Table Freezer Cookbook, I knew I needed to whip up a batch and add it to my already well-stocked freezer full of ice cream. Pie in the form of ice cream? Yes, please!

I’m officially declaring this the Summer of Ice Cream. >> More


Margaritas for a crowd couldn’t be easier!

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Tin Can Margaritas -- perfect for a crowd! |

You know what your summer is missing? A night with friends filled with fun, laughter, and a big pitcher of margaritas.

And I am 100% here for you with the easiest big batch margarita recipe. It all starts with a can of frozen limeade concentrate, and you then use that can to measure the rest of your ingredients. Dump it all into a pitcher with some ice and you’re done! >> More