A light, summery tart filled with lemon cream and topped with lots of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

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Lemon Berry Tart | completelydelicious.com

I think one of the first things I baked at home once I decided to attend culinary school and become a “serious” baker was a tart just like this— a sweet pastry dough crust with a homemade vanilla pastry cream and fresh berries. It wasn’t a huge challenge, but there was just something about being able to make one of my favorite bakery treats at home all by myself.

It was definitely a proud moment, and one that made me think “okay, I can do this.” >> More

 

Frozen bananas on a stick covered in chocolate, salted caramel, and chopped walnuts make a wonderful summertime treat!

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas with Salted Caramel and Walnuts | completelydelicious.com

This recipe was developed in partnership with Diamond of California.

Summer is my favorite time of the year. Family road trips, afternoons at the pool, backyard BBQs with friends – I love it all. But right around this time the heat really starts to wear on me. And so I kind of call it quits in the kitchen and I try to keep my cooking and baking to a minimum.

My fridge is currently stocked with ready-to-eat produce and snacks and the freezer is overloaded with so many tasty frozen treats to help us beat the heat. We’ve got popsicles, ice cream, and my new favorite— frozen bananas. >> More

 

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 | completelydelicious.com

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 | completelydelicious.com

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! | completelydelicious.com

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