july fourth

A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

This rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet still loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests it’s just as impressive. Pretty easy math.

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
A parchment-lined square pan filled with pecan-studded best brownies.

David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

“Best brownies” is a pretty bold assertion. Yet these chewy brownies merit exactly that distinction. Shatteringly crisp on top, fudgy in the center, and with an intense chocolatiness through and through.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 192
Chocolate fudge pops with popsicle sticks melting on a white surface.

Chocolate Fudge Pops

They look like fudgsicles. They taste like fudgesicles. Yet they’re made from cocoa, coconut milk, and honey, so don’t give a second thought to indulging in them.

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  • 10 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 16
A basting brush with chipotle maple barbecue sauce

Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.

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  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
A metal shaker filled with egg cream.

Egg Cream

A soda fountain classic made with neither egg nor cream, this classic quencher is a summer staple for kids of all ages.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 10
Three pieces of cornmeal crusted fried chicken on a white plate.

Cornmeal Crusted Fried Chicken

Tender, juicy meat. Shatteringly crisp skin. And made from ingredients we bet you already have in the house. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A cast-iron skillet plum cake with slices of fanned out plums baked in

Skillet Plum Cake

Skillet cake is moist and tender and sweet (not too sweet, though) and sorta like upside-down cake except it’s right-side up.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Three red wine popsicles on a silver tray.

Red Wine Popsicles

Should red wine go to that popsicle place? Heck yeah. They don’t call ’em sultry summer evenings for nothing. (But please, not your best bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.)

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  • 20 M
  • 8 H, 40 M
  • 6
A spoon resting in a dish of cornmeal drop-biscuit peach cobbler.

Peach Cobbler

“Magical.” “An 11 out of 10.” “The finest peach cobbler that I have ever, or will ever, eat.” “WOW!” That’s what folks are saying about this crazy easy peach cobbler.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 62
Two large glass bottles filled with Southern sweet tea.

Southern Sweet Tea

Nothing slakes thirst, quells worries, and comes together with such ease quite like Southern sweet tea.

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  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 47