A white bowl filled with slices of eggplant, rings of chiles, covered with chopped garlic and purple basil.

Taiwanese-Style Eggplant

A sweet, salty, and spicy eggplant dish that’s even better than takeout. Brining then frying in a blazing hot wok gives it a spectacular finish.

A wooden table with a pitcher and a green plate holding a chocolate bundt cake drizzled in chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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

A soft green casserole dish filed with lightly charred broccolini, kale, and green beans, sprinkled with chile flakes and garlic.

Charred Greens with Garlic

An exceptionally tasty way to prepare a side of supergreens that’ll give your dinner a little boost. Red pepper flakes and raw garlic make it even better.

A white with 6 slices of corn on the cob, covered with coconut milk and a mixture of spices.

Spiced Corn on the Cob

Fresh corn is another of those perfect summer foods–sweet and crisp. And it’s even better when slathered with coconut and spices.

A large Dutch oven full of shrimp, mussels, red peppers, peas, lemon slices, parsley, bay leaves, and onion with a serving spoon.

Paella

Paella, the classic Spanish dish, is given the full treatment here. You don’t need a paella pan to make this paella recipe, either. A Dutch oven will do.

A large rectangular key lime pie cut into sixths, covered with whipping cream and slices of lime, covered with lime zest and sliced limes next to it.

Key Lime Rum Tart

A tangy and creamy dessert that gets a bit of an edge from rum and piles of whipped cream on top. A graham cracker crust never hurt, either.

A strawberry shortcake on a pink plate with a bowl of strawberries and a bowl of cream beside it.

The Best Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing heralds warm, muggy weather like strawberries. Here, the sweet berries are layered with whipped cream and piled high on cloud-like biscuits.