Is there anything more luscious than perfectly ripe fruit in season? The tropical notes of bananas, the heady aroma of a juicy peach, or the sweet-tart flesh of an apple straight from the tree. Fruits are great out of hand, of course, but seasonal fruit can also be a clever way to add sweetness to savory dishes: Diced pear rounds out a chopped salad, grapes perk up a pan sauce for sautéed chicken, apricots play nicely in a stuffing for pork. And when it comes to desserts, well, look out, chocolate: Is there anything that trumps a fresh cherry pie, a golden-brown peach cobbler, or towering strawberry shortcake?

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Summer Sensations: 5 Fruit-tastic Fruit Dips

Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to skip dessert. It just means thinking light instead of heavy -- and what better time to do that than summer, with its wide selection of fresh, ripe fruits? And the perfect accompaniment?

Fresh Fruit Soda Floats

Start with homemade fresh fruit puree and finish things off with a couple scoops of ice cream or a drizzle of half-and-half for a refreshing summer sip.

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Check out our recipes for grilled fruit kabobs!

Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie

This Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie, made with stone fruits like peaches and nectarines, is a refreshing way to enjoy fruit on the go.

How to Make Fruit Smoothies

Learn how to make fruit smoothies, and you'll always have the perfect summer snack solution. These snack/drink hybrids are delicious and refreshing, but the true triumph is in how waistline-friendly they are. Practically any fruit mixture you choose will provide healthy doses of Vitamin C and dietary fiber, not to mention the more specific benefits of individual fruits. Perhaps best of all, these little miracle drinks are super simple to make. When you know how to make fruit smoothies, you can spend the rest of the summer happily sipping away.

How to Make Fruit Smoothies

Learn how to make fruit smoothies and you will instantly have a great breakfast meal or post workout snack. The addition of flavors or fruits allows you to personalize your smoothie.

How to Make Fruit Salad

It's been said that fresh fruit is nature's candy--and with good reason. Fruit is sweet and delicious, colorfully wrapped, and doesn't require much dressing up to become an elegant dessert. While pies, tarts and cobblers all have their place, to truly savor the natural flavors of strawberries, melon, grapes and other fresh-picked "candies," you need look no further than how to make fruit salad.

Bananas Foster over Puff Pastry

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Even better than the classic version, our Bananas Foster is served over a round of flaky puff pastry and decorated with a spoon of cinnamon-spiked sour cream.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Dark Chocolate Dessert Pizza with Fresh Fruit

With fresh fruit, a creamy filling, and enough dark chocolate to make it ideal for Valentine's Day, this dessert pizza will be a hit with your family.

Dessert Tonight: Summer Fruit and Oat Crisp

Use the freshest summer fruit you can to bake up this healthy and delicious crisp for dessert tonight.

Find Your Way to Fruit Salad

I am one of those people who needs to have something sweet at the end of dinner. But normally, on weeknights at least, that sweetness comes in the form of either fruit (clementines and pineapple chunks are my two current must-haves) or dark chocolate. Then the holidays came, and I had a sweet surprise.

Cool Down Dessert: Fresh Fruit Shaved Ice

Long summers call for cool icy dessert like this refreshing shaved Italian ice.

Fruit Cobbler Recipes -- Easier than Pie!

I am trying to get over my fear of pie. Really I am. I'm not afraid to eat it, you see, just to make it.

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Fall Fruit Crumble

Celebrate fall with this gluten-free slow cooker crumble that's brimming with cinnamon-spiced apples and pears.

Toddler Dessert: Layered Fruit and Vegetable Pops

Layered fruit and vegetable pops for a healthy toddler snack or dessert, including carrot-orange, cucumber-watermelon, and blueberry-beet flavors.

Easy Salads & Desserts with Winter Citrus Fruit

Much as I love those little juicy citrus fruits -- clementines, mandarins and tangerines -- I have a hard time telling which is which. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. But all you really need to know is that all of these festive little fruits are in season right now.

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