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5 Summer Recipes From Katie Lee You Can Cook All Year Long

5 Summer Recipes From Katie Lee You Can Cook All Year Long

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“All September, I try to squeeze out every last drop of summer,” says Katie Lee, a cohost of the Food Network’s The Kitchen. “Produce is at its prime, so I use cooking to hold onto the carefree spirit of sunny days.”

That’s what her new Endless Summer Cookbook is all about. It’s filled with fresh, vibrant, and easy-to-prepare dishes that are as perfect for a simple weeknight meal as they are for a laid-back, spontaneous dinner party (Katie’s favorite kind). “It’s the best time of year to cook for family and friends because the season naturally lends itself to more casual entertaining,” she says. “You don’t have to be fancy—you can be outside, keep it relaxed. And because the food tastes great at room temperature, you can do most of the work in advance.”

To keep you in the summer mood, Katie created these original recipes, which make the most of the season’s bounty. Even better, the dishes are so versatile that you can keep enjoying them well into winter by swapping in your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless, just like that carefree feeling. (And before summer ends, make the most out of your barbecue with Fruit-Centric Grill Recipes for a Sweeter Cookout.)

Whipped Ricotta and Honey Dip

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Lemon-Cucumber Salad with Feta and Couscous

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Lentil Salad with Nectarines and Avocado

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Grilled Salmon With Tomatoes and Capers

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Plum Skillet Cake

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