Summer is in full swing, and I could not be more thrilled about it this year. I plan to kick off the month with a family cookout at my house for the Fourth of July, which also happens to be my grandma’s birthday. There will be burgers and dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, ice pops for the kiddos, and a flag cake dotted with fresh berries.
Farmers markets and gardens are bursting with all the summer favorites right now. Blueberries, stone fruit, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers are in their prime. And tomatoes and sweet corn are popping up as well. There’s always so much I want to make with July’s bounty of produce, but never enough time. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way. At the top of my bucket list for the month is a simple summery vegetable gratin, chocolate-kissed zucchini bread, blueberry cobbler, and zucchini melts.
Does anyone else’s motivation for weeknight cooking come to a screeching halt during the hot days of July? This month calls for extra-easy, low-effort dinners. And bonus points for the ones that don’t heat up the kitchen even more. Grilled shrimp skewers, Italian subs, cold sesame noodle salad, and slow cooker pulled pork are some of the favorites I’ll be keeping in my meal plan this month.
Did you know that July 18 is National Ice Cream Day? I didn’t make homemade ice cream at all last summer, so this year I’m making up for lost time. I just popped my ice cream maker bowl in the freezer, with the goal of making at least two batches this month. I’ll start with two-ingredient watermelon sherbet (all you need is watermelon and sweetened condensed milk!) and also plan to make chocolate ice cream with crushed Oreos mixed in. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, do not fret: There are still several ways you can make ice cream without a machine.
From potato salad and ice cream to zucchini fritters and slow cooker pulled pork, here are 31 of our favorite ideas for recipes to cook and bake throughout July.