holidays and special occasions

A chocolate zucchini cake glazed with chocolate icing on a green plate on a wooden table

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Reason number #456 to love summer? This luxuriously decadent yet relatively marginally healthful chocolate zucchini cake. Seriously.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
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A loaf of bacon cornbread with a slice being removed, on a black plate

Bacon Cornbread

There’s cornbread. And then there’s cornbread enhanced with bacon, corn, and good ol’ bacon drippings. Just as God intended.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 24
Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet

This cucumber gimlet, made with gin, cucumber, simple syrup, and lime, is a classic cocktail with a twist. Or rather, a slice–of cucumber!

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
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Pickle Sandwich Stackers

Sandwich Pickles

Admit it, you’ve probably been eating the same tired, jarred sandwich pickles for as long as you’ve been eating sandwiches. No more.

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  • 25 M
  • 2 D
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A cheese pie with a homemade crust cut into four slices in an antique tin pie plate on top of a napkin

Chess Pie

If in the beginning there was pie, it was probably chess pie seeing as it comes together soooooo simply from pantry staples.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
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8 crescent-shape blueberry fried pies with Meyer lemon drizzle sauce nearby all on a piece of slate

Blueberry Hand Pies

Handheld love: Simply envelope fruit filling in pastry dough and fry until golden and crisp outside, bubbling and lovely inside. Then drizzle with a tartly sweet lemon icing.

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  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
Seared Scallops

Seared Scallops

Seared scallops are perhaps the easiest and most elegant dinner in existence. Here’s how to cook them to perfection.

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  • 20 M
  • 23
A skillet lemon souffle made entirely in a frying pan, sitting on a wire rack, blue cloth wrapped around the handle

Skillet Lemon Soufflé

Forget fussy souffle dishes. This recipe for lemon souffle is made in an ordinary skillet. Simple and perfect.

  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 6
A deeply browned grilled rack on lamb sitting on a black surface

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Intoxicating. Easy. Perfect. Gratifying. That’s what folks are saying about this unexpected but uncommonly good grilling recipe that’ll elevate any meal to magnificent.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
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Baking sheet lined with parchment and covered with easy roasted carrots and onions with burnt edges

Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.

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  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
A plate of roasted Brussels sprouts with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar splashing down on it

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

“They will make converts of Brussels sprouts haters and Brussels sprouts lovers will scarf them down like candy!” That’s what we’re hearing about these lovely little crucifers. We couldn’t agree more.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
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A plate of zucchini slaw two ways with strips of zucchini, yellow summer squash, bell pepper and two dressings

Zucchini Slaw Two Ways

Never give zucchini away again with these equally tempting yet uniquely different slaws. You get to choose—rich and creamy or tart and sweet.

  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Tall glass of tinto de verano, a read wine with Sprite, and ice cubes

Tinto de Verano

The unofficial Spanish summer sipper, tinto de verano is just as much a classic as sangria. But this one the Spanish keep all to themselves. One sip and you’ll understand why.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 7
A red, white, and blue tart with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and raspberries, blueberries, and blackberry on top

Red, White, and Blue Tart

Simple and stunning. That’s what we think of this ridiculously easy tart made with a graham cracker crumb crust, a luscious cheesecake-like filling made of cream cheese, cream, and sugar, and a scattering of summer berries.

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  • 30 M
  • 40 M
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