31 Amazing Things To Cook In August

Summer is winding down. GET COOKING.

Photo by White on Rice Couple. Get the recipe for their Grilled Cherry Tomato Skewers here.


SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS! Obviously, last-chance summer berries are the perfect excuse to eat dessert twice a day. Also, to drink sangria on the regular.

(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live):

- Apricots
- Basil
- Bell Peppers
- Beets
- Blackberries
- Blueberries
- Boysenberries
- Cantaloupe
- Chard
- Cherries
- Corn
- Cucumbers
- Eggplant
- Fennel
- Figs
- Grapes
- Green beans
- Green onions
- Kiwi
- Mangoes
- Melons
- Nectarines
- Okra
- Peaches
- Peas
- Plums
- Raspberries
- Scallions
- Strawberries
- Summer squash
- Tomatillos
- Tomatoes
- Watermelons
- Zucchini

1. Mexican Street Corn

The secret? Mayonnaise. Recipe here.

2. Grilled Tomato Skewers on Toast

Recipe here.

3. Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches

Your eyes do not deceive. Recipe here.

4. Fontina and Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwiches.

I know, right? Recipe here.

5. Individual Whole Peach Pies.

Don’t you wish you’d thought of it first? Recipe here.

6. BBQ Sticky Asian Pork Ribs

Recipe here.

7. Fried Mozzarella, Basil, and Nectarine Stacks with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese who? Recipe here.

8. Marinated Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Huckleberries

Recipe here.

9. Roasted Tiny Eggplant with Muhammara and Feta

Muhammara is a nutty, creamy red pepper sauce. And baby eggplants are totally adorable. Recipe here.

10. Three-Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Recipe here.

11. Roasted Cherry Sangria

Spending extra time to roast the cherries? WORTH IT. Recipe here.

12. Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Perfect for brightening up pretty much any meat that comes off the grill. Recipe here.

13. Gingered Salmon with Grilled Corn and Watercress Salad

Recipe here.

14. Blueberry Hand Pies

Yes, it’s like a sophisticated Pop-Tart. Recipe here.

15. Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters

Anyone will eat vegetables when they’re pan-fried and laced with cheese. Recipe here.

16. Grilled Curry Chicken

Butterflied whole chicken works great on the grill. Recipe here.

17. Zucchini Tart

Pretty. Recipe here.

18. Mediterranean-Spiced Lamb Burgers

Recipe here.

19. Grilled Figs with Honeyed Mascarpone

Recipe here.

20. Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro, Lime, and Peanuts

Recipe here.

21. Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

Any excuse to eat dessert for breakfast. Recipe here.

22. Crème Fraîche Galette with Heirloom Tomatoes

Recipe here.

23. Tomato and Mozzarella Potato Salad with Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

Because, what’s a barbecue without potato salad? Recipe here.

24. Eggplant and Parsley Dip

Recipe here.

25. Grilled Flatbread

Top them however you like. Recipe here.

26. Cherry and Lime Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Recipe here.

27. Slow-Roasted Tomato Pasta

Simple is better, sometimes. Recipe here.

28. Grilled Avocado and Cucumber Cold Soup

Recipe here.

29. Grilled Fennel Salad with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Recipe here.

30. Mussels Fra Diavolo con Crema

Spicy mussels with cream. Recipe here.

31. White Peach Gin Fizz

Drink outside while you still can! Recipe here.

Illustration by Claudia Pearson, who has some wonderful stuff in her Etsy shop.

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