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L i f e s t y l e C o ll e c t i v e H o s t s

A Summer SoirĂŠe

Photo: Kale & Caramel

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Meet The Contributors The Lifestyle Collective is a group of hand-selected influencers covering all aspects across the lifestyle space; including style, food, home, beauty, travel, family, and weddings. Learn about the contributors to this magazine below and discover more of our bloggers on the Lifestyle Collective page.

B i l ly P a r i s i

B o x w o o d Av e n u e

C o l o r f u l E at s

Cooking and Beer

b y B i l ly P a r i s i

b y C h l o e M a ck i n t o s h

by Caroline Potter

by Justine Sulia

D o m e s t i c at e M e

ENDLESSLEY ELATED

Fa s h i o n a b l e

Fork Knife Swoon

by Serena Wolf

b y K at h l e e n Pa g a n

Hostess

b y L a u r a B o lt o n

B Y A m a n d a G l u ck

Garnish & Glaze

Hummingbird High

J e l ly T o a s t

Kale & Caramel

b y M e l a n i e D u e ck

by Michelle Lopez

b y E m i ly C a r u s o

b y L i ly D i a m o n d

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Kitchen Living

Lark and Linen

Lauren Kelp

Lemons and Basil

w i t h C o r ya n n e

b y J a c q u e ly n C l a r k

by Lauren Kelp

b y K ay l e e P a u l e y

NUTRITION B Y MIA

P RO B A B LY THIS

The Cookie Rookie

T h e Eff o r t l e s s

by Mia Syn

by Beau Ciolino

b y B e ck y H a r d i n

Chic

b y C o r ya n n e E t t i e n e

by Jen Pinkston

AND M a t t A r m a t o

meet the entire LI F ESTYLE C OLLE C TIVE

The Lit tle Foxes

The Whole Bite

Wa i t i n g o n

by Ashlee Piper

by Chelsea Zwieg

Martha by Mandy Rye

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Welcome. Summer is a time to make unforgetable memories with family and friends. Whether at a backyard barbecue, beach-side picnic or pool party, fun is always top of mind. And while it’s the people that really make the magic, creative entertaining can shape those extra special moments. A homemade dish or unexpected ambiance will have guests talking for years to come. We hope these simple tricks, delicious recipes and gorgeous tablescapes help inspire your gatherings this summer—and help you soak in all the good that summer has to offer with those most important to you.

Wishing you a most memorable summer! the Lifestyle Collective

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Table of Contents E N TE R T A I N I N G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sala d s , S i d e s & Snac k s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6 MAINS............................................................ 56 C O C KT A I L S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 4 DESSE R TS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 0

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Entertaining

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P h o t o : LAUREN K EL P 7


R OOFTO P P I C N I C b y LAUREN K EL P

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Al Fresco E N TE R T A I N I N G

b y ENDLESSLY ELATED

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H OST A

Seafood Boil b y LAUREN K EL P

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W h at c o u l d b e b e t t e r t h a n

cooking outside,

drinking great wine, a n d e at i n g s e a f o o d r i g h t o ff t h e g r i l l ?

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8 e s s e n t i al s f o r

a Summer Picnic Basket b y K i t c h e n L i v i n g w i t h C o r ya n n e

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A s t u r d y, d e e p, a n d w a s h a b l e b a s k e t

W e at h e r p r o o f p i c n i c b l a n k e t

A picnic basket should be sturdy and easy

Be sure to allow plenty of space for

to clean, and most importantly, carry

both seating and food presentation.

everything you need.

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RE- USA B LE g l a s s e s, d i s h e s, a n d c u t l e r y

C ITRONELLA C ANDLES

Having a picnic set of reusable items ensures

Keep those pesky mosquitos

that you always have a colorful and stylish

from joining the party.

picnic setting.

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SMALL C OOL PAC K S

E a s y c l e a n- u p b ag s

If you are venturing beyond your backyard

Keep mess under control by bringing

for a picnic, be sure to pack a variety

resealable bags large enough to

of small ice packs.

hold your dirty dishes.

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ga m e s

for the dogs

Bring along a few travel games, and

If you are traveling with your family pet, don’t

create the perfect picnic playlist

forget to pack travel water and food bowls to

to keep everyone entertained.

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R E A DY, SET, P I C N I C by Lauren Kelp

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Fiesta Picnic b y T h e Eff o r t l e s s C h i c

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a pr e pp y p i cn i c b y wa i t i n g o n m a r t h a

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7 T i p s o n H o s t i ng t h e U lt i ma t e i n d o o r

Summer Party b y E n d l e s s ly E l a t e d

Summer is almost here and many of us don’t have backyards or an outdoor space to entertain in. If you’re anything like me, it’s all about city living and since the thought of not entertaining is absurd (what’s a girl to do?!) then we have no other choice but to bring the party inside. So, let’s get those apartments ready and those burgers grilling! Here are my seven tips on hosting the ultimate summer party, even if it’s inside.

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H o s t i n g a p a r t y i n s i d e m e a n s i t i s h a pp e n i n g .

Rain or shine! So, send out evites (it’s a casual affair) three weeks before your party. This will allow your guests some time to reply and give you enough time to plan. #winning

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Encourage guests to dress down.

Summer dresses, shorts and t-shirts are definitely acceptable. Need to convince them further? Casually mention that ‘sweating’ need not apply. Why? Because unlike outside, inside there’s air conditioning! Yay, to indoor summer parties!

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It should scream summer BBQ.

So burgers, hot dogs, and grilled skewers are the way to go. Also, try grilled fruit. Grilled peaches topped with vanilla ice cream are amazing! A little special addition to your traditional BBQ dishes.

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Go with punches and/or sangrias.

Cocktails that can be made in batches and ahead of time are ideal. This will help avoid playing bartender all night and actually allow you to enjoy your party. Need a go-to recipe? Try my mango sangria. Delicious, tropical and so easy to make!

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D é c o r . N o t h i n g s c r e a m s s u m m e r pa r t y l i k e b r i g h t c o l o r s .

Choose a color scheme that pops. Yellow, hot pink and teal are perfect choices. White is also a staple. Next up, flowers. It’s all about bringing the outside, inside. And last but certainly not least, these cute DIY popsicles are the perfect addition! Here’s a free printable for your next summer party. All you’ll need to do is glue on a popsicle stick and voilà they are ready to go.

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Ac t i v i t i e s . N o t h i n g g e t s t h e p a r t y g o i n g l i k e a p i ñ a t a .

Fill it with treats, like mini bottles of booze and scratch offs and I promise you are in for some good fun. Another favorite is a hula-hoop contest. Watch your friends try to manage through this one after a cocktail or two!

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Enjoy yourself!

Let the fun times begin. It’s summertime after all! Hope these simple tips get you ready for your upcoming summer bash!

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Summer Tablescape b y E n d l e s s ly E l a t e d

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DIY F R U IT - I N F U SED

Water Station by Fa s h i o n a b l e H o s t e s s

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I noticed last summer that whenever I hosted family brunches or BBQs with tons of kids running around, my guests’ priority shifted away from cocktails and focused more on what their kids were getting into! After a few too many events where my bar station went untouched, I decided to start asking guests before they arrived if they planned to drink or not, and then opted to simply place a few bottles of Pellegrino or lemonade in its place. This summer I wanted to come up with a fancier alternative to these pre-made drinks and I think this FruitInfused Water Bar hits it right on the nose.

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4th of July T A B L ES C A P E

by Fa s h i o n a b l e H o s t e s s

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Summer Seashells b y F ASHIONA B LE HOSTESS

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Host an End of Summer Party b y F ASHIONA B LE HOSTESS

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hOSTESS G IFT IDE A

DIY S U C C U L E N T P OTS b y THE E F F ORTLESS C HI C

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S u pp l i e s

• Flower pot • White matte spray paint • Grey matte spray paint (we used grey primer) • Glossy top coat spray paint • Painter’s tape • Bone folder • Saran wrap • Protective tarp

Directions 1 . With the pot standing right-side up (and the tarp

protecting your work area), begin spraying even layers of white paint around the top half. Don’t worry about completely covering the bottom portion since you’re going to paint that a different color later. Pro tip: If you’re painting on a high-gloss pot, you’ll want to sand it down first so the paint has something to grab onto. 2 . Once the white has dried, use the painter’s tape to

mark off a curved edge for the grey paint. Gently press a bone folder along the tape’s edge to ensure a clean line for the paint. 3 . Tear off a sheet of saran wrap that’s long enough

to cover the pot. Cover the top portion and tape the saran wrap to the painter’s tape that’s already on the pot. This creates a protective “bubble” for the white paint. 4 . Flip the pot upside down and spray thin, even

layers of the grey spray paint until you’ve built an even color block. 5 . When the grey has dried completely, carefully

peel off the tape and saran wrap. Give the entire pot a generous coat of the glossy top coat, plant a few earthy succulents, and enjoy!

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hOSTESS G IFT IDE A

DIY c i t ru s

Stamped Bags b y B o x w o o d Av e n u e

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S u pp l i e s

• Citrus fruit • Stamp pad • Small muslin bags

Directions 1 . Cut citrus fruit in halves. Let them sit out for a few hours so that the

fruit is no longer wet to the touch. 2 . Press the fruit firmly onto a stamp pad and use the fruit as a stamp to

transfer citrus prints onto small muslin bags. 3 . Allow the ink to fully dry, then fill the bags with fresh fruit to be sent

home as favors!

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Salads, Sides & Snacks

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B o urb o n B ac o n B a k e d B e an s by Cookie Rookie

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G R I L L ED

Corn Salad B Y Wa i t i n g o n M a r t h a

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F i g an d P r o s c i u t t o

Summer Salad by Nutrition By Mia

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H o n e y M u s t ar d

Brussels Sprout y Broccoli Salad by The Whole Bite

B r u s s e l s s p r o u t s h av e b e e n a f av o r i t e o f m i n e f o r a w h i l e b u t I h a v e a l w ay s r o a s t e d t h e m , n o t r e a l i z i n g t h a t t h e y a r e a b s o l u t e ly a m a z i n g i n a r a w s a l a d l i k e t h i s . O h , h o w I w a s m i s s i n g o u t ! . . . I t i s l i g h t, c r i s p a n d r e f r e s h i n g .

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Kale Salad w i t h S t rawb e rr i e s an d A v o ca d o b y D o m e s t i c at e M e

Ingredients

Directions

• 1 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 . In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice,

zest, mustard, honey, and olive oil. Season with

• ½ tsp lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste. (Be generous with your

• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

seasoning!)

• ¾ tsp honey

2 . Add the chopped kale to the bowl with the

• 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

dressing. Use your hands to massage the kale with

• Kosher salt

the dressing for about 3 minutes until the kale has

• Coarse black pepper

softened slightly. Set your kale aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

• 1 bunch lacinato kale (or curly kale if you prefer),

3 . While your kale is marinating, toast your pine

center ribs removed and finely chopped

nuts. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat.

• ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

(Do not put any oil in the pan!) When hot, add the

• ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced

pine nuts. Toast for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan

• 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

periodically, until the nuts are golden brown and

• ½ ripe avocado, diced

fragrant. Remove from the pan and let cool to room temperature.

• 1-2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

4 . Add the red onion, avocado, half of the

strawberries, and half of the pine nuts to the marinated kale. Gently toss and transfer the salad to a serving dish or individual plates. 5 . Top with the remaining pine nuts and strawberries,

sprinkle with goat cheese, and serve immediately. Makes 2 large salads, 4 side salads

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H EI R L OO M TO M A TO & N E C T A R I N E C A P R ESE by Kale & Caramel

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Ingredients

Directions

• 2 medium-large heirloom

1 . Slice tomatoes and nectarines as desired.

tomatoes (or any variety)

2 . Heat olive oil for 30 seconds over high heat. When you flick a droplet

• 1 large nectarine

of water in the oil and it sizzles, drop basil leaves in and swirl for a

• 4 ounces fresh burrata,

count of three. Remove from heat and drain oil into a bowl for the

mozzarella, ricotta, or cheese of choice • 15-20 small-medium fresh basil leaves • 2 tbsps olive oil

dressing. Set leaves aside. 3 . Whisk olive oil with red wine vinegar and sea salt. 4 . On a large plate, layer tomatoes, nectarines, and chunks of burrata or

mozzarella. Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with crispy basil leaves. 5 . Serve as is, or with a nice crusty bread.

• 2 tbsps red wine vinegar • ¼ tsp sea salt

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G r i ll e d P e ach Sala d b y Wa i t i n g o n M a r t h a

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Chopped Caprese SALAD

by The Cookie Rookie

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A R U G U L A A N D FA R R O S A L A D W IT H C H E R R IES A N D G O A T C H EESE b y D o m e s t i c at e M e

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Potato Salad

w i t h S o f t B o i l e d Egg s an d M apl e M u s t ar d Dr e s s i ng by cooking and beer

Servings

prep time

cook time

4—6

10 minutes

27 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

• 1 ½ pound Yukon gold potatoes,

1 . Add the potatoes to a large pot. Fill with just

cut into 1-inch pieces

enough water so that the potatoes are submerged. Season with salt and place on the stove over

• Salt and black pepper

medium-high heat. Cook the potatoes until just

• 4 large room temperature eggs

tender. You don't want them to be too mushy. Pull

• 3 tbsps whole grain mustard

from the stove and drain. Transfer immediately to

• 2 tbsps white wine vinegar

the refrigerator to chill.

• 1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 . Meanwhile, prepare your eggs. Bring a large

saucepan of water to a boil. Add the eggs, and

• 1 tbsp maple syrup

cook for 7 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Remove

• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

from heat and transfer the eggs immediately to an

• Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

ice bath to cool down quickly. Once cool, peel the eggs and slice them in half. Set aside. 3 . In a small bowl, whisk together the whole grain

mustard, vinegar, dijon mustard, maple syrup and a dash of salt and black pepper until it is completely smooth. While you continue to whisk, start drizzling in the olive oil. Then whisk the dressing until perfectly smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste and set aside. 4 . Toss the potatoes with the dressing in a large bowl

and transfer to a large serving platter. Strategically place the sliced eggs and then garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

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Potato salad is one of the easiest recipes in the book to make.

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s umm e r v e gg i e pa s t a s ala d by garnish & glaze

This Summer Veggie Pasta Salad can be made right before serving or in advance. Make this salad for a side at your next barbecue or as your main dish for meatless Monday! Then enjoy the leftovers the next day for an easy delicious lunch.

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Gazpacho b y J e l ly T o a s t

O Fresh, crisp and full of flavor, t h i s c h u n k y g a z pa c h o i s t h e p e r f e c t s o u p t o b e at t h e s u m m e r t i m e h e at.

One of my favorite summer no-cook meals is gazpacho. Oh yes, this chilled veggie-packed soup is so fabulous, it makes an appearance at our summer table pretty frequently during the month of July.

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B L A C K B E R R Y TO M A TI L L O

Preserves b y B o x w o o d Av e n u e

A great marinade or cocktail addition!

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E A SY E N TE R T A I N I N G

Summer Snacks

Shr i mp an d A v o ca d o Spr i ng R o ll s BY Lemons and Basil

G o a t C h e e s e C h i c k e n S t u f f e d P e pp e r s B Y T h e Eff o r t l e s s C h i c

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2 - Ingr e d i e n t L o w Fa t Fru i t D i p BY Garnish & Glaze

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Mains

P h o t o : B ILLY P ARISI

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N A KED

Lobster Rolls b y D o m e s t i c at e M e

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Naked Lobster Rolls are the

perfect thing for a casual summer lunch o r

r u s t i c

d i n n e r

pa r t y.

Serve them with French fries, c o r n o n t h e c o b, p o tat o chips or a salad and you’re

good to go.

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MOROCCAN FIS H SKE W E R S b y J ELLY TOAST

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Q u i n o a V e gg i e

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Cheeseburger by Fork Knife Swoon

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S o u t hw e s t P e pp e r J ac k B urg e r s by Garnish & Glaze

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P an - Fr i e d A v o ca d o Tac o s w i t h P i c k l e d On i o n s The Lit tle Foxes

Ingredients

Directions

• ½ tsp garlic powder

1 . Prep the vegetables and make the slaw. Rinse the cilantro sprigs and

• 3 cilantro sprigs • 2 ½ cups of slaw mix • ¼ cup sugar • 6 ounces apple cider vinegar • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 red onion • ¼ cup goddess dressing • 6 flour tortillas • 2 avocados

remove the leaves from the stems. Peel and julienne the red onion. Halve the avocados, remove the pits, and slice into long, ½-inch thick slices. In a clean mixing bowl, toss the slaw mix and goddess dressing together. Salt and pepper to taste. Place in refrigerator to chill before serving. 2 . Flash-pickle the onions. In a medium-sized pot, bring apple cider

vinegar, ¾ cups water, sugar, and 2 tsps salt to a boil. When liquid comes to a boil, add onions and let boil for 1 minute. Remove pot from heat and let cool. A few ice cubes will help cool the pickled onions quickly. This technique is called “flash pickling,” and it’s an easy way to lend slow-pickled flavor in a flash!

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3 . Bread the avocados. Mix the panko, garlic powder,

5 . Warm the tortillas. Prepare tortillas by covering

and a dash of salt together in a shallow bowl. In

with slightly moistened paper towels and placing

a separate bowl, place 2 tbsps olive oil. Have a

in microwave for 20-30 seconds. You can also

clean plate handy to put the coated avocado

soften tortillas in a dry sauté pan over medium

slices. First, dip the avocado slice in the olive oil,

heat, flipping consistently. Or, if you’re especially

lightly coating. Then place the avocado slice in

daring, you can warm tortillas quickly over a gas

the panko, covering it and pressing the panko

stove burner flame to get authentic char marks.

lightly into the avocado ensuring avocado slices

6 . Plate and chow down. Place 3 warmed tortillas

are covered all around with the panko. Repeat for

on the plate. Arrange 3-4 slices of fried avocado

all avocado slices.

in each tortilla. Top with chilled slaw and pickled onions. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

4 . Fry the avocados. Warm 2 tbsps olive oil in a high-

sided skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add

Makes 2—3 servings

the coated avocado slices. Cook for 5-6 minutes

notes

on each side, or until panko becomes browned

This recipe works well with not-quite-ripe

and crisp. Place on a paper towel-lined plate

avocados, but any avocado that’s ripe, but still

to soak up any additional oil. We recommend

firm will work great.

working in 2 batches so avocado slices have enough room to fry.

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s t e a k s k e w e r s w i t h ch i m i churr i b y j e l ly t o a s t

Servings

prep time

cook time

4

1 hour

15 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

• 1 ¼ pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 . Place steak in a large, gallon size Ziplock bag. Add

1 tbsp olive oil, horseradish, 1 tbsp Worcestershire

• 1 tbsp olive oil + ½ cup (separated)

sauce, 2 tsps soy sauce, ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp ground

• 2 tsps prepared horseradish

black pepper. Seal bag and squish the bag around

• 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

to coat the beef evenly. Place bag in a bowl and

• 2 tsps soy sauce

refrigerate for 45-60 minutes. Remove steak from

• Salt and black pepper

bag and discard marinade. Skewer steaks on metal BBQ skewers (or soaked bamboo skewers).

• 1⁄3 cup red wine vinegar • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves

2 . Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill steak skewers

until desired doneness, flipping once during cook

• ½ cup cilantro leaves

time. Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil and

• 10 mint leaves • 2 tbsps fresh oregano (or ½ tsp dried)

allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. 3 . Place ½ cup of olive oil, vinegar, parsley, cilantro,

mint, oregano, garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin

• 2 garlic cloves

and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor.

• ¾ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Pulse until sauce is completely smooth (or until your

• ½ tsp cumin

desired consistency). Serve Chimichurri with the

• ½ lemon, juiced

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bac o n ch e e s e burg e r k e bab s by Cookie Rookie

There’s no better time to break out the cute appetizers than with friends and family in the summer! If your family loads your burgers up a different way, anything can go on these kebabs! MA K E IT 67


Get Grilling

G r i ll e d V e g e t abl e P i zza

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G r i ll e d Salm o n w i t h H e rb B u t t e r B y B i l ly P a r i s i

Sp i c y Z aa t ar G r i ll e d C h i c k e n B Y C OO K ING AND B EER

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H o n e y - H o i s o n G r i ll e d Spar e R i b s b y b i l ly p a r i s i

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Fire up those grills and try these slow roasted Honey-Hoison Grilled Spare Ribs right over the open flame! Ingredients

Directions

• 2 full racks of pork spare ribs

1 . Preheat the grill to 300°F or medium heat.

• 2 tablespoons Chinese 5-spice

2 . In a medium sized pot whisk together the

hoisin, soy sauce, honey, sherry, ketchup, and

• 1 cup hoisin sauce

apple cider vinegar.

• 1⁄3 cup La Choy® Soy Sauce

3 . Place the ribs on a sheet pan and thoroughly rub

• ½ cup honey

the 5-spice, salt and pepper into the meat and let

• 1⁄3 cup sherry

sit for 1 hour.

• ½ cup Hunt’s® Tomato Ketchup

4 . After the ribs have marinated, place them bone

• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

side down on the coolest parts of the grill. Baste

• Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

with the honey-hoisin sauce every 30 minutes. 5 . After 90 minutes flip the ribs over and cook for 60

• Sliced green onions for garnish

minutes while basting every 30 minutes.

• Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

6 . Flip the ribs over, bone side down, for the

• White sesame seeds for garnish

remaining 60 minutes and continue to baste every 40 minutes. 7 . Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for

5 to 7 minutes. 8 . Slice in between in each bone and place them in

a large bowl. Garnish with green onions, cilantro leaves, and sesame seeds.

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3 . Place each chicken breast between two pieces of

Ingredients

plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin/mallet/whatever

• 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil, divided

heavy item you have on hand, pound the breasts

• 1 lime, zested and juiced

to approximately ¼-inch thickness. You want

• ½ tsp honey

these really thin, peeps, but please be careful not

• Kosher salt

to tear them. Season the chicken on both sides

• Fresh ground pepper

with salt and pepper. 4 . Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. When

• 2 cups cubed watermelon (I recommend 1-inch

hot, pour in ½ tablespoon of olive oil and swirl

cubes, but you do you)

to coat the bottom of the pan. Add one of the

• 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts/cutlets

chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 2 minutes

• 5 ounces baby arugula

on each side until opaque throughout and lightly

• ¼ medium red onion, very thinly sliced

browned. Transfer the chicken to a plate, add the

• 2½ ounces feta, crumbled

remaining ½ tbsp olive oil, and cook the second breast.

Directions

5 . Toss the arugula and red onion with the remaining

dressing. Add the marinated watermelon and toss

1 . In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsps olive oil, lime zest

again.

and juice, and honey. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

6 . Top each chicken breast with half the salad and

sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve immediately.

2 . Place the cubed watermelon in a bowl. Drizzle

with 2 tsps of the dressing and toss to coat.

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Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Cocktails

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S U M M E R T W ISTS O N

Classic Cocktails

R hubar d S t rawb e rr y G i n F i zz B Y Wa i t i n g o n M a r t h a

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R hubarb M o j i t o s BY Lark & Linen

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Re__d Sangria b y LAUREN K EL P

Sangria is an absolute summer staple. There is nothing quite like a cold glass full of ripe fruit to get you through those balmy July days and cooler August nights. Sangria meets everyone’s needs—the wine drinker loves it, the beer drinker enjoys it too, and for the gal that only drinks cocktails, she can’t say ‘no’ either. It’s the right amount of sweet, the perfect mélange of fruit, and it has been stamped with approval by many a summer party goer.

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Ingredients

Directions

• 2 bottles of red Spanish table wine

Simple Syrup

• 1 cup Brandy

1 . Mix equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan.

• ½ cup Triple Sec

2 . Heat on medium high until sugar dissolves.

• 1 cup orange juice

3 . Remove from burner and let the syrup cool.

• 1 cup pomegranate juice

Sangria

• ½ cup simple syrup

4 . Grab a few oranges and apples (amount depends

on how fruity you like your sangria and/or how

• Orange slices

many people you want to serve) and cut long-

• Apple slices

ways. Don’t think soccer practice wedges, think

• Blackberries

thinner slices.

• Pomegranate seeds

5 . Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a

tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving. 6 . Grab your favorite glasses, drop in a few ice

cubes, and voila! The best sangria there ever was!

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Cucumber Mint Sparkler b y DOMESTI C ATE ME

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Watermelon__ Champagne by Lauren Kelp

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Perfect

Party Cocktails

B r o i l e d G rap e f ru i t M argar i t a BY The Cookie Rookie

C o c o nu t W a t e r & S t rawb e rr y C o c k t a i l BY Fa s h i o n a b l e H o s t e s s

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S t rawb e rr y M e x i can M ul e

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B y D o m e s t i c at e M e

Sp i c e d P i n e appl e M o j i t o s

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B Y p r o b a b ly T h i s

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Red Wine

GinSour by Hummingbird High

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Th e K i w i Spr i t z e r by Lauren Kelp

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R o s é Sangr i a b y D o m e s t i c at e M e

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B r û l é e d L e m o n S o ur

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T e qu i la C an t al o up e C o c k t a i l B Y p r o b a b ly T h i s

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B lac k b e rr y M i n t J ul e p B Y J e l ly T o a s t

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Fr o z e n S t rawb e rr y M argar i t a B Y J e l ly T o a s t

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T H Y M E P L U M C H A M P A G N E C O C KT A I L BY Lark & Linen

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Desserts

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la v e n d e r h o n e y i c e cr e am by lark & linen

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Da i r y - Fr e e P i s t ach i o Van i lla B e an Ic e C r e am B Y C o l o r f u l E at s

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Grilled Peach Crisp S U N D A ES

b y D o m e s t i c at e M e

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C H E R R Y L I M E A DE ICE CREAM b y GARNISH & GLAZE

This is super simple to make. You d on’t even need to pull o u t y o u r b i g i c e c r e a m m a k e r ( t h o u g h y o u t o t a l ly c a n ) . J u s t g r a b y o u r m i l k a n d 2 0 c e n t p a ck e t o f K o o l - A i d , m i x i t t o g e t h e r , p o p i n t h e f r e e z e r , a n d v o i l a ! T h e p e r f e c t t r e at t o e n j o y w i t h t h e k i d d o s o n a h o t d ay !

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C an t al o up e C o c o nu t L i m e

Sorbet by Kale & Caramel

Ingredients

Directions

• 1 cup coconut milk, full fat

1 . Prepare ice cream maker by freezing the freezer bowl at least

• 4 cups cantaloupe, chilled • 3 tbsps + 1 ½ tsps lime juice • ½ cup + 1 tbsp honey • ¼ tsp sea salt • 1 ½ tbsps vodka (optional to keep sorbet scoopable once frozen) For garnish

• ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, raw or gently toasted

24 hours prior to making. 2 . Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until completely smooth. 3 . Assemble ice cream maker, turn on, and pour in the sorbet mixture.

Churn about 25-30 minutes, or until frozen. 5 minutes before turning off, pour in the vodka if you’d like to keep the sorbet sociable once it’s fully frozen. 4 . Empty into a freezer-safe container for storage and freeze at least 3

hours before serving. Let sit for a few minutes prior to scooping if it’s too hard to get in there easily. 5 . Top with unsweetened coconut flakes when serving! makes about a quart

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C o c o nu t W h i pp e d C r e am B e rr y P ar f a i t s by Fork Knife Swoon

C o c o n u t w h i pp e d c r e a m i s a g r e a t a l t e r n a t i v e t o t r a d i t i o n a l w h i pp e d c r e a m f o r t h o s e o f u s w h o c h o o s e t o l i m i t o r o m i t d a i r y.

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R o a s t e d S t rawb e rr i e s an d C r e am P o p s i cl e s by Fork Knife Swoon

R o a s t i n g t h e b e r r i e s f i r s t c a r a m e l i z e s a n d c o n c e n t r at e s t h e s t r a w b e r r y f l a v o r , a s w e l l a s c o o k s a w ay s o m e o f t h e i r n at u r a l l i q u i d , r e d u c i n g i c i n e s s i n t h e f i n a l p o p s . MA K E IT 98


Creamy Coconut & Mixed Berry P O P SI C L ES

by Fork Knife Swoon

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cr e am y s w e e t c o rn an d blu e b e rr y

Ice Pops b y P r o b a b ly T h i s

The recipe uses sweet corn milk to give the ice pops that "summer on the farm" feeling. 5 . Whisk in the sugar and salt until combined.

Makes 6-8 pops

Remove from heat and let cool until room temperature.

Ingredients

• 4 large cobs of white corn (to yield 4 cups of

6 . Fold in the blueberry preserves and pour into ice

kernels)

pop molds.

• 2 cups water

7 . Freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.

• 4 tbsps sugar Notes

• ½ tsp salt

If you over reduce the corn milk (step 4) even by

• ½ cup blueberry preserves (we used Bonne

just a little, you may not have enough liquid for 8

Maman brand)

pops, which is why we put "makes 6 to 8." If you absolutely need 8 pops but find that you only have

Directions

enough liquid for 6 or 7, pour all of the liquid back

1 . Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the kernels off of

into a bowl and add ½ cup corn milk (instructions in

the cobs and place them in a blender with the 2

step 1 of recipe) or whole milk. Mix until combined

cups of water.

and pour back into molds. Proceed with instructions for freezing.

2 . Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely

pulverized. Strain into a bowl, discarding the solid and keeping the liquid. 3 . Pour the liquid into a medium saucepan and bring

to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring regularly. 4 . Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to keep

it at a simmer and cook for ten minutes, until reduced by about half.

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Strawberry Season

i n d i v i d ual s t rawb e rr y crumbl e s by fork knife swoon

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B r o wn Sugar C upca k e s w i t h R o a s t e d S t rawb e rr y B u t t e rcr e am

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S t rawb e rr y L e m o n Sc o n e s

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Strawberries Foster by The Cookie Rookie

Ingredients

Directions

• 2 tbsps salted butter

1 . Heat butter, sugar, and rum in a medium skillet over medium low heat.

• ½ cup dark-brown sugar

Cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring while you cook. If the mixture catches

• ¼ cup good quality dark rum

on fire, turn off the heat until flame subsides and then continue

• 16 ounces strawberries, hulled

cooking.

and sliced in half • 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream, for serving

2 . Add strawberries, stirring to make sure they are all coated, until

warmed through, 2-3 minutes. 3 . Serve over ice cream. Enjoy!

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S t rawb e rr y Sh o r t ca k e by Hummingbird High

Equipment

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• Three 6-inch round cake pans (I used Ateco's,

• 2 eggs, at room temperature

which has a removable base and makes

• 2/3 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

life a lot easier when inverting the cake)

makes three 6-inch cakes

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Ingredients

• 1 ½ cups heavy cream, cold

F o r t h e F r e s h S t r aw b e r r y F i l l i n g

• 2 tbsps granulated sugar

• 2 pints small and ripe strawberries

makes about 2 ½ cups

• ½ cup granulated sugar • 2 tsps rose water extract

Directions

• 2 tsps vanilla extract

F o r t h e F r e s h S t r aw b e r r y F i l l i n g

makes around 2 ½ cups

1 . Clean and hull 2 pints strawberries, slicing each

berry into pieces about the thickness of a nickel.

For the Buttermilk Cake

• 1 ½ cups cake flour

2 . Place sliced strawberries in a medium bowl and

sprinkle ½ cup granulated sugar over the berries.

• 2 ½ tsps baking powder

Add 2 tsps rose water extract and 2 tsps vanilla.

• ¼ tsp salt

Use two rubber spatulas to gently toss the

• 5 tbsps unsalted butter, at room temperature

strawberries in the sugar and extract until well

• ¾ cup granulated sugar

combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap

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and let the berries macerate at room temperature,

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until they exude their juices (at least an hour

8 . Once the cakes have cooled completely and

or longer).

you're ready to start assembling the cake, make the whipped cream.

For the Buttermilk Cake 3 . Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottoms

9 . In the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted

and sides of three 6-inch round cake pans. Line

with a whisk attachment, combine 1 ½ cups cold,

the bottom of each with a round of parchment or

heavy cream with 2 tbsps granulated sugar. Whisk

waxed paper; grease the paper.

on medium-high speed until the mixture is stiff and starts to form stiff peaks — be careful not to

4 . In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups cake

overmix, or you'll end up with butter!

flour, 2 ½ tsps baking powder, and ¼ tsp salt. Set aside.

A s s e m b ly

5 . In the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted

10.

To assemble the strawberry shortcake, place

with a paddle attachment, cream together 5 tbsps

one cake layer, flat side down on a small cake

unsalted butter with ¾ cup granulated sugar and

stand or a serving plate. Use a fork or a wooden

1 tsp vanilla extract on medium-high speed until

skewer to poke holes in the cake, before carefully

light and fluffy (this should take around 2 to 3

topping with ¾ cup of the strawberry filling.

minutes). Lower the mixer to its slowest setting,

Spoon the filling over the entire layer and make

and add 2 eggs one at a time, scraping down the

sure the juices go into the cake layer (they should

sides of the bowl well after each addition.

start seeping into the holes you poked) and not the plate.

6 . With the mixer speed still on its lowest setting,

add the dry ingredients (from the second step)

11.

Top the strawberries with 1 cup of the whipped

in three parts, alternating with 2/3 cup buttermilk

cream, using a rubber spatula to make sure the

in 2 parts — you should finish with the remaining

cream stays in the middle of the cake — when

third of the dry ingredients. Mix only until each

you place the second cake layer on the cream,

ingredient has been incorporated; be careful not

the cream will automatically spread out over the

to overmix.

berries from the pressure of the second cake layer.

7 . Once both the dry ingredients and buttermilk

has been incorporated into the batter, divide

12.

Top the cream with a second cake layer.

the batter among the three prepared cake pans

Repeat the first two steps for this layer, before

and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden

topping with the third and final cake layer. Make

toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

sure that the final cake layer has the flat side up of

Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before

the cake up.

inverting onto wire racks to cool completely. Don't

13.

forget to remove the parchment circles!

Cover the final layer with the last of the

whipped cream and garnish with whole berries. For best flavor, eat immediately or allow the cake to refrigerate for about an hour before slicing. Allowing it to refrigerate for an hour allows the cake to soak up some of the strawberries' juices.

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Roasted Berry S’mores b y J e l ly T o a s t

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Ingredients

Directions

• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 . Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Grease a cake pan (8”x8” or 9”x9” will

• 1 cup organic cane sugar • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I like Ghirardelli.) • 1 tsp baking soda • ½ tsp salt • ½ cup coconut oil (in liquid form) • 1 cup warm water • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar F o r t h e w h i pp e d c r e a m

• 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract F o r t h e t o pp i n g

• 3 cups berries/fruit of your choice (I used a combo of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cherries)

both work) and set aside. 2 . In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder,

baking soda and salt. 3 . In medium mixing bowl, whisk the coconut oil, water and vanilla

extract until well combined. 4 . Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk until just

combined. Quickly stir in the cider vinegar. (You’ll see some pale swirls in the batter. It’s the vinegar and baking soda reacting, which is a good thing.) 5 . Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 30-35

minutes until a tester comes out clean. 6 . Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully flip the cake

onto a wire rack to cool completely. 7 . Meanwhile, whip your cream. Place the cream and vanilla extract in

a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the cream until light and fluffy. (Be careful not to over whip, peeps!) You can also use your stand mixer if you have one. 8 . Place your cake on a serving plate or cake stand. Using a spatula,

gently spread the whipped cream on top of the cake in an even layer. (I recommend leaving a ½-inch cake border around the edge as the whipped cream with spread a little when you add your fruit.) 9 . Top the cake with your berries/fruit. Slice and serve! makes 8-10 servings

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Happy Summer! XO ,

Photo: Kale & Caramel

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