36 Fabulous Recipes for Summer

Summer Days
(Summer of 1983 – that’s me standing, and my sister in what I am pretty sure is a sandbox.)

For most of us, Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial-official” start to summer. I celebrated the occasion by making Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and digging shorts and tank tops out of the depths of my closet. Even though the weather has already turned hot and muggy, summer didn’t really hit me until last night. Driving home on the PA Turnpike, I started to see bright flashes along the sides of the road. I realized instantly that they were lightning bugs. The first time I see them each year, I get ridiculously excited. Just seeing them immediately takes me back to being a kid and enjoying carefree summer days… sprinklers, games of tag and hide n’ go seek, slip n’ slides, and summer nights running barefoot through the cool grass with an empty jar trying to catch the glowing bugs that inspired such awe. Now summer is here.

So in honor of yet another unofficial start to summer, I put together a list of great summer-inspired recipes here on Brown Eyed Baker. The vast majority are light, refreshing, and quick (perfect when you don’t want to spend a lot of time indoors!), and use seasonal ingredients. Enjoy!

Summer Recipes - 1

Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Polenta Pizza Appetizer
Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

Summer Recipes - 2

(starting at the top, going down the left side, then the right)

Classic Lemonade
Blackberry Pie Bars
Peach Crumb Bars
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte
Stained Glass Jello (perfect for the 4th of July!)
Blueberry Boy Bait
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Strawberry Pretzel Squares

Summer Recipes - 3

Strawberry Mirror Cake
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemon Burst Cookies
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Perfect Party Cake
No-Bake Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes
Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich
The Signature Salad
Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
Cobb Salad
Chicken Salad
Ice Cream (will take you to a listing of all ice cream recipes)

Summer Recipes - 5

Strawberry Tart
Blueberry-Buttermilk Scones
Danish Braid
Croissants
Blueberry Pie
Antipasto Salad
Panzanella
Orange Berry Muffins