We’re here, in the belly of summer!  And what a summer it’s been so far — super hot for many of us, definitely a maelstrom of weather-related events to contend with.  But we need to feed ourselves, obviously for sustenance but also to make the most of seasonal produce that will certainly be here today, gone tomorrow (as is always the case with seasonal foods, but most especially summer).  

Grilled Swordfish

So, it comes as no surprise that this August what-to-cook list contains lots and lots of tomatoes, corn, zucchini, plus some gorgeous sangria, sweet tart lemonade, stone fruit and berry desserts, and more.  Some grilling recipes (have you ever grilled a head of lettuce?  If not you don’t know what you’ve been missing!), and some other recipes involving minimal or no time at the stove — all we can ask of late summer cooking.

And by the way — we’re having our share of prepared sandwiches from the cute shack down the road, and I am beyond excited at the prospect of some fried clams and steamed lobsters at the end of the month at the Cape (Down the Cape, for those who are Cape Cod-heads).  Plus a pitstop or two (pun intended) at one of the barbecue joints in the area.  This is the time of year when I like to give myself a break in the kitchen, and I know I’m not the only one.

14 Seasonal Recipes to Make This August

Pizza Bruschetta

In this version of tomato bruschetta I took a cue from the best loved combo of cheese, tomatoes, and bread ever: pizza.

Homemade Lemonade

A big old pitcher of cold sweet tart lemonade is probably the most refreshing drink of summer and very easy to make.

Classic Zucchini Bread or Muffins

No such thing as too much zucchini, when you can make these!

Cherry Tomato Antipasti Salad

Inspired by Italian restaurant antipasti platters, this gorgeous salad relies on easily available cherry tomatoes and a bunch of pantry items.

Grilled Swordfish

Meaty, firm, dense, swordfish – very simply marinated – grills up like a dream.

Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon and Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

The creaminess of the potatoes is punctuated by the pop of the crispy corn and crumbled bacon.

Spanish Tomato Bread

Also known as Catalan Tomato Bread, Spanish Tomato Bread, or Pan con Tomate, this toasted bread with tomatoes and garlic is the most perfect simple appetizer, snack or side.

Grilled Romaine

Grilling firm lettuces is downright delicious and a fun way to "summer up" your salads.

Corn and Zucchini Fritters

If there’s anything nicer to nibble with a glass of wine at the end of the summer, I can’t think of what that would be.

Sautéed Corn and Zucchini in Lemony Browned Butter

You had me at browned butter (and corn).

How to Grill New York Strip Steaks

Everything you need to know about cooking those perfect steaks: juicy and pink on the inside.

Sauteed Shrimp with Vegetables

This dish is bursting with color and flavor, and easy enough to make on a weeknight.

Summer Fruit and Berry Sangria

Sangria is one of the most deliciously fun ways to make the most of summer fruit.

Melon-Cucumber Salad with Feta

This amazingly flavorful yet refreshing summer salad is perfect for brunch, picnics, buffets, you name it.

Plum and Nectarine Crisp

Summer nestled under a crunchy topping with a touch of cinnamon.

Sour Cream Biscuit Peach and Berry Cobbler

Served warm with ice cream and whipped cream, is one of the best summer desserts ever.

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