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Zucchini and Eggplant Bread Salad
Zucchini and Eggplant Bread Salad

This salad makes a great light dinner or picnic fare, as well as an easy work lunch. Full of roasted vegetables like zucchini and eggplant and bursts of capers, roasted red peppers and Manchego cheese - everything is tied together with crisp bread pieces and sharp pickled onions.


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Calabacitas
Calabacitas

Calabacitas literally translates to "little squashes." In this recipe, any soft skinned squash is simply sautéed with corn and jalapenos then blanketed in cheddar cheese. Serve with grilled chicken or fish or as a side dish with enchiladas or tacos.


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3 Ways with Wine Spritzers
3 Ways with Wine Spritzers

There is a point every August when temperatures hover around triple digits and your daily agenda is stocked with indoor, air conditioned activities. Just the thought of going outside fills you with dread. This is the same time that the thought of grilling another burger or barbecued chicken leg seems like a chore. When this happens, no-cook salads replace heavier summer fare like hotdogs and grilled sausages and lighter, more refreshing alternatives to hot weather drinks like micheladas or sangrias are on the brain.


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Cucumber Mint Spritzer with Torrontés
Cucumber Mint Spritzer with Torrontés

Torrontés, a popular Argentinean export, is a great pairing for this light and refreshing summer mix. Dry and crisp, it allows the flavors of cucumber and St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur, to cut through the wine. It’s a perfect beverage for lounging in the cool summer twilights pool, lake or beachside. 


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Rosé Peach Spritzer
Rosé Peach Spritzer

Rosé, or rosado in Spain, Argentina and other vino-producing countries, is the perfect summer wine to pair with light salads or spicy barbecue sauces. Rosé makes a great base for some of the freshest flavors of summer, like sun-ripened peaches.


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Strawberry Basil Smash with Cava
Strawberry Basil Smash with Cava

If you have never tried cava, Spain’s take on bubbly wine, you should. Its production method mimics that of traditional champagne from the Champagne region of France, but the price tag is generally more wallet friendly. Sweet, ripe strawberries, pungent basil and tangy balsamic elevate this brunch-ready cocktail.


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3 Grilled Latin Pizzas
3 Grilled Latin Pizzas

Latin pizzas, bursting with farm-fresh summer ingredients, may not be the first thing you think to throw on the grill, but maybe they should be. Pizzas work just as well as burgers, hot dogs or steaks on the grill, and the flavor profiles you can create are limitless. Homemade dough grills up to a perfect combination of chewy and crisp, with big fluffy air pockets. A trip to your local farmers market or delicatessen will yield anything you could need to impress your guests.


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Tapas-style Pizza with Serrano Ham, Toasted Almonds and Honey
Tapas-style Pizza with Serrano Ham, Toasted Almonds and Honey

Salty jamón, crunchy almonds and a hint of sweetness from dried prunes and honey top this sweet and savory flatbread making it a great addition to any tapas-style backyard get together.


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Grilled Zucchini Pizza with Cilantro and Queso Fresco
Grilled Zucchini Pizza with Cilantro and Queso Fresco

Zucchini is in its peak of ripeness over the summer, and it makes a perfect topping for pizza after a quick grill over the wood fire. Feel free to experiment with whatever squashes you find at your local market.


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Fresh Corn and Cotija Cheese Pizza
Fresh Corn and Cotija Cheese Pizza

A combination of fresh summer corn, sweet basil and tangy cotija cheese, this pizza embodies all the flavors of a Mexican summer.


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