Summer cooking should be relaxed and effortless -- just like these fresh, flavorful recipes. Every dish here will make your get-together a hit, from garden-fresh tomatoes tossed with onions and herbs to shrimp with smoky sausage and earthy corn and potatoes. Browse the following slides for Scott Peacock's top ideas.
Tomato and Red Onion Salad
This bright sangria, sweetened with a summer-ripe blackberry syrup, will inspire guests to linger for one more glass. Sprigs of fresh basil make a beautiful garnish.
Butter Lettuce Salad
Here, fresh heirloom tomatoes and onions get dressed up with a sweet-sour vinegar dressing. Make this side dish ahead or while your guests sip sangria -- prep takes 25 minutes.
Shrimp and Sausage Boil
This fresh salad of crisp lettuce, cucumber, green beans, and chives tosses together in minutes. Velvety creme faiche adds a delicate tang to the homemade dressing.
A one-pot wonder, this spicy main dish combines fresh seafood with earthy corn and potatoes; sausage adds a hint of smoke. Serve it with garlic mayo and cocktail sauce.
Here, the classic garlic bread you grew up with is updated with fresh garlic, parsley, and kosher salt. Look for a plump baguette that's soft and easy to pull apart.
Lemon Ice Cream with Blueberry Sauce
Raisins and chile peppers offer an interesting contrast between sweet and heat in this simple side dish. For best results, roast the eggplant whole -- it keeps it from getting too dry while bringing out its sweetness.
Cap the afternoon with a bowl of this homemade ice cream. Have it ready to go before your guests arrive, or make it on the porch and let your guests take a turn on the crank.
Tender and crisp, these cookies will become one of your summer favorites -- and they're great for dipping in melting ice cream.