Quick and Easy Summer Recipes
Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors, and not spend time slaving over the stove. These summer recipes are tasty, quick and easy to make on a hot summer day.
Keeping cool and refreshed while enjoying tasty foods
Summer recipes should be fast and easy, so that you can go back to all of the great outdoor activities that you should be spending your time on. It is also important to keep yourself cool and refreshed, so that you do not get overheated or dehydrated in the hot summer.
These recipes are designed to be easy for even the most basic cook, and many of them can be taken along to picnics or cooked on a grill.
I will continue adding to this article all summer, as I gather up new recipes from gatherings and parties. You are also welcome to add your own recipes or variations in the comments section of this page. Happy summer cooking!
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Chicken and Burger Recipes
The traditional grilled hamburger is still the best summer food, as far as I am concerned. A plain ground beef patty, thick enough to stay nice and juicy, cooked on a charcoal grill outdoors, then put on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and ketchup.
However, there are lots of interesting variations of the traditional burger for those who get tired of hamburgers, just want some variety, and for those who do not eat beef.
Cool and refreshing salads for summer
This salad is one of my personal favorites. It is simple to make, and you can make it a day ahead of time. It is also easy to put together from items on your cupboard shelf, or with fresh ingredients from your garden. Perfect for summer, it also makes a great autumn meal addition.
Condiment and Sauce Recipes
There is nothing better than a homemade dessert. Here are some great summer dessert recipes, and some that can be made all year.
My Favorite Biscotte Recipe is a recipe that I developed from numerous biscotti recipes, using trial and error, and a taste testing family as guinea pigs. These biscotti are extremely easy to make, travel well, and last without refrigeration in a sealed container for several weeks.
Cold Summer Drinks
If you are a coffee lover, then toddy is the right drink for you during the summer. You cold brew the coffee which takes off the bitterness, yet leaves the coffee flavor. Toddy makes the best iced coffee that I have ever had, and I have had a lot of coffees.