Once we turn the page on the calendar to June, one thing is clear: Summertime is finally here! It’s time to draft that mental bucket list of all the things you want to do (and cook!) in the season of warm weather (and with vacation top of mind).
For us Kitchn editors, it’s not summer until we get our fill of lots of good eating. We think there’s no better moment to go to the farmers market, buy tons of vibrant fruits and vegetables, and come home and fashion yourself something really simple yet really delicious, like a rhubarb crisp, a jam-packed salad, or an easy but elegant strawberry sundae. Once the grill is on, it will stay on for steak kebabs, hot dogs, and chicken cutlets. Bow tie pasta salad and potato salad are on deck, too, because no cookout can survive on — or be as fun with — meat alone.
The warm weather hasn’t discouraged some of us from planning to crank on the oven to bake, especially when the end result tastes like sunshine (hi there, piña colada cupcakes). For those of us who can’t bear that thought? Many frozen hot chocolates are on the horizon.
If you’re looking for snacks to take with you on an upcoming road trip, why not prepare a tray of crunchy homemade Chex mix or mix up a slab of joy-inducing Rice Krispies treats? We’ve also got Father’s Day to think about, and juicy chicken sandwiches, big skillet frittatas, and loaded pizzas should fit the bill for a brunch and lunch that shows Dad some love.
It’s safe to say that June can and will be absolutely delicious. Here are 30 of our favorite ideas for recipes to cook, drink, grill, and bake throughout the month ahead.