Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad is a light summer side dish that comes together in no time. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ve got a healthy, refreshing accompaniment to a variety of main courses. This cucumber salad recipe works especially well alongside grilled entrees like chicken and assorted skewers. You can also jazz it up with additional ingredients like tomatoes and avocados! 

Two small white bowls and one large bowl showcasing cucumber salad.

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Buttermilk Ice Cream

Buttermilk Ice Cream is tangy, sweet and refreshing. It’s wonderful on it’s own, but it also tastes amazing when paired with fruit compote (strawberries and blueberries, especially)! If you sometimes find traditional ice creams too sweet, this might be the perfect dessert for you. Tart buttermilk balances the sugar, while vanilla provides that familiar, woodsy-sweet aroma. The results are exotic yet classic. You’re going to love this buttermilk ice cream recipe! 

Buttermilk ice cream in aluminum cups, next to small silver spoons.

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Heirloom Gazpacho

The best gazpacho recipe starts with perfect tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are incredibly sweet, making them a great candidate for gazpacho soup that’s bright, flavorful, and perfect for summer. This version comes together quickly and includes classic ingredients like cucumbers, red bell peppers, red onions, garlic, white wine vinegar and olive oil. 

Tomato gazpacho soup in a blue bowl on a white backdrop.

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How to Make Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is faster to prepare at home than you might think, and the results taste incredible! It comes together in around 15 minutes and tastes WORLDS better than jarred versions. It’s tart, sweet, and buttery, with a custard texture that works well on biscuits and scones. You can also use this easy lemon curd recipe in pies, homemade ice cream, or as a cupcake filling! The possibilities are truly endless. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make lemon curd, this step-by-step photo tutorial will show you how quickly it comes together. You’ll be amazed.

Homemade lemon curd in a mason jar, surrounded by fresh lemons.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Strawberry Spinach Salad is packed with flavors and textures, making it a satisfying accompaniment that pairs well with so many meals. Other ingredients include salty feta cheese, crunchy toasted almonds, thinly sliced shallots, and creamy avocados. This spinach salad recipe also works amazingly well as an entree; try adding grilled chicken for a hearty lunch or dinner option!

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Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam? Yes! This smoky-sweet condiment has an incredible mix of flavors from ingredients like maple syrup, coffee, onions, garlic, and vinegar. Try it on a cheddar grilled cheese, or in place of bacon in your next BLT. Spread a thin layer on a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich! There are so many ways you can use it (I’ve included a list with additional suggestions). If you love bacon, you’re going to love the way this bacon jam recipe makes your kitchen smell as simmers on the stovetop.

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Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta salad is an easy, fast side dish that’s perfect for summer potlucks and barbecues! Salty Kalamata olives and feta cheese balance fresh, sweet tomatoes, while cucumbers add a crunchy texture. Skip the deli counter pasta salads, which are usually loaded with mayonnaise and lacking in flavor. This greek pasta salad recipe will soon become a staple in your kitchen arsenal!

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How to Make Buttermilk Substitute

Have you ever found yourself craving a hot stack of buttermilk pancakes or a fresh, buttermilk biscuit, only to realize you don’t have the most important ingredient on hand? Or perhaps your recipe only calls for one cup of buttermilk, and it seems wasteful to purchase an entire carton. I have a solution! Learn how to make buttermilk substitute at home with this quick tutorial. Homemade buttermilk can easily be swapped with commercial versions to use in baked goods. 

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