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Peach Cobbler

Summer is great, but it makes us panic. It’s the culinary paradox par excellence: There are just too many great seasonal ingredients to cook with. While our kitchens are bursting with tomatoes and blueberries and watermelons and zucchini—somehow, always way too much zucchini—we’re debating whether to grill or fry this, turn that bushel of cukes into a salad or make soup. to make of. Fortunately, there are no wrong answers, as evidenced by our most popular summer recipes. So fire up the grill, line up that summer playlist, and don’t think too much about it. Go cook.

Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Crispy under the broiler instead of on the stove, these mess-free Filipino-inspired chicken wings are crunchy and sticky at the same time — and phenomenally flavorful. Get the recipe >

Sweet Corn Pakoras
Photography by Belle Morizio

Chickpea flour acts as a savory binding agent in these Indian corn fritters that go great with mint-coriander chutney. Get the recipe >

Okroshka, Chilled Russian Soup
Photography by Simon Bajada

A quintessential Russian summer soup, okroshka is spicy and fresh with heaps of shredded herbs. Grated horseradish and spicy mustard make it anything but boring. Get the recipe >

Gazpacho Andaluz Spanish Tomato Soup
Photography by Belle Morizio

There are as many versions of gazpacho as there are abuelas in Spain, but this creamy tomato-based Andalusian rendition is the most famous for a reason. Get the recipe >

Paneer Tikka Kebabs
Photography by Thomas Payne

No grilled cheese. were talking grilled cheeseSpicy marinated charcoal grilled skewers reminiscent of cumin, ginger, garlic and lime. Get the recipe >

Marinated Tomatoes With Mint
Photography by Elizabeth Cecil

Cool down with this perfect salad that goes well with grilled meats and fish. Get the recipe >

Summer Panzanella Recipe on White Background
Photography by Belle Morizio

Day-old farmhouse bread gets a second life in this garlic-tomato salad with torn fresh basil. Get the recipe >

Salad of watermelon, feta and jalapeño
Photography by Belle Morizio

Watermelon feta salad gets a Southeast Asian twist in this refreshing appetizer or side dish, flavored with fish sauce, chiles and Thai basil. Get the recipe >

Grilling smoked ribs
Photography by Michael Turek

Barbecue eminence Sean Brock has a grill trick to share: You can turn your grill into a smoker. This knockout rib recipe shows you how. Get the recipe >

Shrimp Satay Recipe on Red Baskets
Photography by Belle Morizio

Everything tastes better on a stick, especially coconut marinated shrimp. Get the recipe >

Blackberry Plum Lattice Pie
Photography by Belle Morizio

Going to the barbecue or summer meal with a berry pie with a griddle is a culinary flex that—trust us—pretty much any baker can do, as proven by this recipe with minimal fuss. Get the recipe >

El Quijote Red Sangria
Photography by Eric Medsker

Upgrade your picnic punch with this recipe from Manhattan’s most iconic Spanish restaurant. Get the recipe >

Warm Red Potato Salad
Photography by Laura Sant

Grilling the potatoes adds a smoky undercurrent to this vinegar potato salad that can be doubled or tripled for a crowd. Get the recipe >

Ice Cold Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
Photography by Belle Morizio

This classic Southern Sweet Tea recipe comes from the founder of the Southern Sweet Tea Sip-Off, so yes, you know it’s legit. Get the recipe >

Pasta Alla Norma (Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Eggplant)
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

What better way to use up a huge crop of eggplant than to fry it in a creamy submission and stir it into bucatini? Get the recipe >

Photography by Maura McEvoy

All summer long, we stack this undressed version of the classic Haitian coleslaw on sandwiches and salads for extra crunch. Get the recipe >

Blueberry Pancake Recipes
Photography by Linda Pugliese; Food Styling by Christine Albano; Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart

Our favorite blueberry pancake recipe features seltzer for fluff and yogurt for flavor. Get the recipe >

Peach Cobbler
Photography by Linda Pugliese; Food Styling by Christine Albano; Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart

Streusel of toasted almond, bubbling peach filling, a scoop of vanilla ice cream – peach cobbler is one of the most heavenly treats of summer. Get the recipe >