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10 Foodie Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Celebrate the best of summer food with these all-new warm weather recipes and ideas.

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Upgrade your water.

Place
fruit 
in a pitcher with coconut water instead of tap water—try combos like orange and blueberry or raspberries and lemon, or just lime or strawberries. Chill and serve with ice.

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Make one-ingredient ice cream.

Banana soft serve, you had us at hello. If you haven’t tried
this great idea yet, well, all you need are a few frozen bananas, a food processor, and you’ll have ice
cream!

Get the recipe »

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Serve magical layered drinks.

Fun with science: Beverages with more sugar have a higher density,
so they’ll sink to the bottom of the glass; beverages with less sugar will
float on top. By layering different densities, you can create art in your
glass. Sweet drinks like Hawaiian Punch or Gatorade go on bottom. Then layer on fruit juice, sparkling water, soda, and alcohol as desired.

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Have a breakfast pop.

Skip the smoothie and cool down with these, especially when it’s 90 degrees by 9am. Spread a little honey on top of frozen pops, then
dip in granola for an all-in-one breakfast treat.

Get the full instructions
here »

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Put strawberries on Bruschetta.

We love tomatoes, but give strawberries a chance—they’re
fantastic tossed with a little balsamic
vinegar and basil, then spooned on goat cheese-topped bread slices.

Get the recipe »

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Grill your lettuce.

Heads of romaine lettuce take to the heat
just as well as juicy burgers—and the char adds a smoky, rich note.

Freeze a root-beer float.

Mix root beer, sweetened condensed milk, and milk in a cup, then stash in the freezer until ready.

Get the full directions here  »

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Swap zucchini in for pasta.

Use a
vegetable peeler to remove outer green coat, then peel long, thin strands of the flesh. Toss the strands with pesto as here, or with a mix of chopped tomatoes,
salt, and olive oil for a light, fresh take on a bowl of pasta.

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Get creative with tomatoes.

Panzanella is a classic Italian salad that’s long been the
domain of juicy, ripe tomatoes—it’s a mix of the red beauties, day-old bread,
and olive oil, salt, and herbs. But paninihappy.com’s Kathy Strahs made Panzanella better, with firm grilled cheese cubes instead of bread. You can also add chunks of bacon and lettuce and call it a BLT salad.

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Too many tomatoes? Try watermelon.

Sweet, sweet watermelon shines with a
little salt: Try watermelon gazpacho or a
watermelon, olive, and feta salad. Or simply sprinkle a little sea salt on your
next slice.

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