5 Delicious, Gourmet Summer Recipes

Summer: the season of fresh berries, beach picnics, lobster shacks.

Between pricey farmers’ market produce (though we can help you make the most of your farmers' market), travel and dining out, make room in your schedule—and on your terrace, if you have one—for dining in.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by summer’s bounty, and it's even easier to spend a lot of money going out with friends.

We've made a five-piece dinner plan perfect for summer entertaining, so you don't even have to think about it (these recipes are also great on their own if you're cooking for yourself).

We'll keep you out of the kitchen as much as possible.

Spend your afternoon outside, then come in just in time to toss the salad and get the chicken going. You can butter and season the garlic bread ahead of time, and repurpose the extra baguette for the hors d’oeuvres, a crostini that makes great use of a budget amount of brie.

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Giveaway Alert!

Four lucky readers will each win two tempting cookbooks for their kitchen: Ed Levines "Serious Eats" and Anne Burrell's "Cook Like a Rockstar." To enter, go to our Facebook giveaway page and tell us what your favorite summer food is!

  • Mathildacooks

    Hmm, the recipe here does not match the title…if it is a fennel, raisin and walnut salad…then why is there no fennel, raisins or walnuts in the recipe?

    • amkade

      Hi Mathildacooks,

      Thanks so much for the catch! Big Girls Small Kitchen has so many great recipes that someone must have gotten spun around at some point in the editing process! Stay tuned–we’re hard at work to get you the correct recipe for fennel/raisin/walnut salad. It should be up shortly! 

      Thanks again.


  • Dee S

    The giveaway for the cookbooks is not working…

    • Sheila

      I couldn’t get it to work either.

  • marie

    Do I have to be on facebook to enter the giveaway?  Apparently yes, because I couldn’t get it to work otherwise.