7 of My Favorite Go-To Summer Recipes

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7 of My Favorite Go-To Summer Recipes | Wit & Delight

Hello, beautiful photo of our previously functioning kitchen. Oh how I miss you.

I am counting down the days until I can cook again! In another month and a half (or so), I’ll have my beloved window-side prep station back. I cannot wait.

Given the current state of our kitchen, I haven’t had a chance to cook very much this month. So, in lieu of my traditional end-of-month roundup of recipes I’ve made, I’m sharing a few of my go-to summer recipes of years past. I hope these inspire your cooking adventures this summer and beyond!


Bang Bang Corn

Photo by Erik Bernstein for Delish

This recipe really hits on all my favorite flavors and is super simple to cook on the grill. 


Pea and Mint Risotto

Photo via Food & Wine

I crave this recipe year-round but there is only one time of year I can get fresh peas and mint picked from my backyard. That time is now!


Pepper Panzanella with Burrata & Olives

Photo by Kayla Howey for The Original Dish

I have a soft spot in my heart for panzanella. I particularly like this recipe, which suggests grilling the bread until it has crispy charred bits. The contrast with creamy burrata and brine-y olives is something special!



Photo by Christopher Simpson for The New York Times

This dish is the purest way to celebrate tomato season. You can’t go wrong with this on the menu!


Bacon and Shallot Potato Salad

Photo by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

There are people who expect mayo in their potato salad and then there are the rest of us. If you fall into the latter camp, this recipe is for you!


Sticky Chili Chicken With Hot & Sour Pineapple

Photo by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott for Food52

I make this recipe for friends and family and they repeatedly ask for it when they come over! It’s a crowd pleaser every time.


Herb Jam

Photo By Chelsie Craig for Bon Appétit

This recipe isn’t a dish, but rather a condiment for summer cooking—it’s basically a pesto that can be made with any leftover green. I heard about it from Carla Lalli Music on The Splendid Table. It’s super resourceful and a great way to savor the flavors of the summer season long after the shelf life of your weekly greens. 

BY Kate Arends - June 30, 2021


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