Cooking Channel's Summer Bucket List
Good news: There's still just enough time left to knock these items off your Summer Bucket List, and we've got the perfect recipes to help you do it.
Editor Mandy can't get enough of this season's bounty of heirloom tomatoes. The sweet yellow varietals are her fave. Try mixing different types together and add sweet watermelon and salty feta for a summery spin on classic tomato salad. Get our list of Summer's Best Farmers Market Finds for more inspiration.
Lindsay, our Editor, is a self proclaimed peach-a-holic. And what better way to enjoy summer's sweetest stone fruits than baking them into a warm, cream biscuit-topped cobbler? (Finished with a scoop of the best vanilla ice cream, of course.)
Cameron, Editor and lover of all things summer, was determined to boil her own lobsters this summer...and she's done it! "It was traumatic - there was a point where I thought the lobsters might live in my apartment indefinitely." Yikes. Perhaps next time she'll shell out for de-shelled lobster at the seafood market and toss with fresh fettuccine to make this simple summer dinner.
Editor Michelle thinks it just wouldn't be summer without gazpacho, and I don't blame her. Gazpacho is arguably the freshest and lightest way to utilize summer produce. While gazpacho is a perfect weeknight meal, the addition of one secret ingredient to this special recipe makes this soup perfect for this weekend's festivities: vodka.
Bridget, our Production Manager, knows the summer would not be complete without the sweet king of the boardwalk, funnel cake. Head to the boardwalk in Bridget's home state of Jersey, or check out this Food.com recipe you can make yourself this weekend, to the delight of the child in everyone and the chagrin of your soon-to-be powdered sugar covered outfit.
Iowa native and Site Manager Alison refuses to let summer go by without having her grandmother's famous German Potato Salad. But since Alison's nana in Iowa might not be able to accommodate all of our requests, we've got incredible potato salad recipes perfect for your summer picnic.
After one last lobster-roll-and-steamers marathon, Maine native and Site Director Mark is craving hand-churned homemade ice cream to cap off his summer. If you share his enthusiasm for homemade frozen desserts (and you should), try this recipe for a vanilla bean ice cream base with plentiful mix-ins from Zoe Francois (who doesn't mess around when it comes to sweets). BONUS: No ice cream maker is required.
Site Manager Mike would like to squeeze in "4 to 30 more milkshakes before the vernal equinox. I've definitely had a few this summer but there are so many flavor combinations I have yet to try." I wonder if he's tried salted caramel or any of our Best Shakes and Smoothies Recipes.
Editor Sara is hell-bent on trying pop-bar's popGelato pops, and who could blame her? She seems extra jazzed about the chocolate dipped option, but since she's a pro in the kitchen, I think she should whip up a batch of these: