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Warm-Weather Dinner Recipes to Help Us Eat Every Last Bit of Summer

Fall later, we're happy making dinner with super summer produce. Right now we're all about grilling and eating tomatoes. Make one of these recipes tonight and every night this week. 

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Some folks are all excited for pumpkin spice lattes; not us. Butternut squash and braising may be great, but not now, thank you. It's still peak summer in the kitchen, so here's our super-seasonal weekly list of dinner recipes and ideas. The recipes take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring or tending on the grill. Of course, there will be pasta, and, yes, it will be delicious. Visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration.


Monday: Grilled Vegetables and Halloumi Cheese with Charred-Tomato Dressing

Photography by: Jonathan Lovekin

A revolutionary meal: grilled portobello, summer squashes, and onion with an incredible charred tomato dressing and Halloumi, the best cheese for grilling you've never heard of. Try it and see.

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TUESDAY: Halibut with Sweet Potato Fries and Lime

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Take a break from the grill and all those tomatoes. Make this healthy, sweet take on fish and chips with roasted halibut and sweet potato fries tonight.

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WEDNESDAY: Grilled Chicken with Summer Squashes and Parsley

Photography by: David Malosh

Did you ever grill a lemon before? The juice of grilled lemons combines with anchovies, and parsley in a bright, flavorful dressing for chicken and summer squash. This is another of our minimal-cleanup meals; no pots, just the grill, a plate for chicken, and a bowl for dressing.

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THURSDAY: Grilled Tomato and Corn Pasta

Photography by: Andrew Purcell

Celebrate the season with this fresh, crunchy, smoky pasta where corn, tomatoes, and basil get together with ricotta.

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FRIDAY: Skirt Steak and Corn with Chimichurri

Just so you know, this entree can be made ahead -- then taken outdoor for picnicking. Or take 30 minutes, make it and then head out to eat. Skirt steak is one of our favorite cuts: It’s flavorful and reasonably priced. Cutting the corn into coins makes it more easy to eat outdoors (reminder, picnic potential!).

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SATURDAY: Peach and Crab Salad with Mesclun and Herbs

Photography by: Christopher Baker

Sometimes on a really hot summer day, you fancy a lighter entree. Here’s the very thing: Juicy peaches bring out the subtle sweetness of crab, thin slices of chile add spice, and plenty of delicate herbs and salad greens round out this delicious meal.

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SUNDAY: Easy Entertaining, Grilled Rack of Lamb, and Much More

Photography by: John Kernick

Having company? Here’s the thing, this easy entertaining meal with a grilled rack of lamb, Bread-and-Butter Potato SaladCorn Maque ChouxBerry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese, was designed with plenty of make-ahead elements to help the busy hostess. Shop in advance, make dressings and salads the day before, and follow our timeline for what to do on the day. Then you’ll have plenty of time to hang out with guests and enjoy the meal.

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