Cool Summer

Cool off with a light and easy summer dinner. From a refreshing gazpacho to cool summer sides and salads, these dinner recipes are made in the shade.

Lemon Chia Fresca


Serve this bubbly and refreshing Mexican beverage the next time you make tacos, enchiladas or burritos.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

The spices that infuse this ice cream are the same ones found in the best pumpkin pies. Splendid as an accompaniment to cake, this ice cream is spectacular on its own too.

Chocolate Toffee Crunch Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Having homemade ice cream ready and available is simple. Aficionados choose an electric ice cream maker that uses ice and rock salt to freeze the milk and cream mixture.

Total: 30 mins

Electric Lemonade

Better Homes and Gardens

Bright, sweet, and aromatic, this effervescent cocktail will help you cool down and relax on even the hottest of summer days. When buying lemons, choose those that are firm, plump, and heavy for their size. Skin should be smooth and vibrant, with no tints of green (a sign that the lemon is underripe).

Total: 25 mins


Family Circle

There is nothing like a pitcher of refreshing lemonade on a hot summer day. Garnish this kid-favorite recipe with lemon slices.

Easy Topped Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Butter pecan ice cream becomes the frosting on simply made cake mix cupcakes. It's an easy summer dessert that is dressed up with your favorite sundae toppings.

Crunchy Buttermilk Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade ice cream is topped with crunchy caramel corn in this fun summer dessert recipe.

Cardamom Ice Cream

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The aromatic spice, cardamom, adds a flowery sweet taste reminiscent of ginger but more subtle to this custard-style ice cream.

Melon Icebox Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

We paired cantaloupe and apricot flavored gelatin; honeydew with Melon Fusion gelatin; and for a pink color use tropical fusion gelatin and top with watermelon.

Marigold Sipper

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this orange-flavored drink with Signet marigold sprigs to accompany summer snacks.

Banana Split


Bananas, ice cream, fruit toping, and fudge topping are layered into a frozen dessert that won't melt as fast as the classic version.

Coconut Lemonade

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Take lemonade to the tropics with a touch of coconut syrup and fresh berries. It's a refreshing summer drink for outdoor parties.

Caribbean Milk Shake

Midwest Living

A pina-colada-flavored wine cooler is blended with ice cream to make this easy frozen drink.

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

Better Homes and Gardens

Appeal to kids of any age with this pie that features a peanut-butter-swirled ice cream filling and crunchy peanut crust.

Carrot Lemonade

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Packed with vitamin A and C, this is a great drink to have on hand. Make a double batch and store in the refrigerator up to one week.

Easy Swirl Cheesecake

Family Circle

You'd never believe that a cheesecake this pretty would be so easy to make.

Eggplant Rolls

Better Homes and Gardens

Japanese eggplant are long, skinny, and a brilliant purple color. When roasted they become soft and tender. In this vegetable recipe, the eggplant gets a boost of flavor from olives and feta cheese.

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