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10 Summer Tart Recipes We Love

Essentially open-faced pies, tarts display the vibrant colors of the fresh fruits and provide a tasty vehicle for the summer fruits that are available. What we really love is their versatility—feel free to swap blackberries for strawberries or plums for peaches depending on what looks good at the market. More

Seasonal Baking: 5 Simple Summer Breakfast Cakes

As I don't have a vacation home of my own, I like to make myself an attractive candidate as a house guest. Forget the same-old bottle of wine or potted plant as a hostess gift—I give the gift of sugar. These simple, fruit-forward cakes are a great option for summer breakfasts, whether you're paying your stay in food or just want to make something delicious with all your fresh summer fruit. More

Summer Desserts We Love: Berries 15 Ways

Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries: when they're in season, fresh and sweet and bursting with juices, they don't need more than a dollop of whipped cream to be called dessert. But sometimes, you want to dress them up just a little bit more. Here are some of our favorite berry dessert recipes to make the most of the season. (If you can manage to resist poppin' all those berries back straight from the basket first.) Happy summer! More

Scooped: Mint and Green Chile Granita

Granitas are light, bright, ridiculously refreshing, and essentially a fluffier, flakier sibling of slushies. With all the mint lying around my kitchen during spring and summer, a mint granita was a no-brainer. To give it some depth, I added green chiles–the two go surprisingly well together. The spicy kick harmonizes with mint's bright notes, and the verdant green flavors bring out mint's grassy elements. More

The Food Lab: Real Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

When I say ice cream, I mean the real deal: Ice cream that's rich, smooth and creamy on the spoon. Ice cream that melts slowly into a luscious, tongue-coating custard. The kind of badass ice cream that makes lesser people feel guilty for eating it. The kind of ice cream worth getting out of bed in the middle of the night for. I mean real ice cream. My goal this week: Keep the ice cream, lose the machine. More

Soft-Serve Poll: Vanilla, Chocolate, or Swirl?

It's a question you'll hopefully have to ask yourself many times over the course of the summer. You're at the soft-serverie and someone is ready to pull down on a nozzle, but which? Vanilla can be synonymous with boring, but sometimes it's all you want. Chocolate, on the other hand—a pretty bold move. And then, ah, the swirl. So, what's your pick? Take the poll! » More

4 Ways to Cool Down with Chocolate

Sitting in my AC-less apartment with the fan blowing hot air in my face, it's hard to think about anything except how frigging hot it is in the Northeast. Record-breakingly hot. Temper-breakingly hot. Now, this doesn't necessarily put everyone in the mood to scarf a chocolate bar, but here are four ways to get your cocoa fix while staying cool. More

Fainting Goat Gelato in Seattle

Aside from having a very cool logo and being named after one of nature's most curiously entertaining creatures, Seattle's Fainting Goat Gelato also makes some pretty delicious gelato and sorbetto in flavors like banana cream pie, spicy chocolate, cinnamon, hazelnut, and strawberry. More

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