Jul 19

Best “How to” Tips for Summer Cooking


From turning on the grill to peeling peaches and grilling corn, this post is filled with my favorite “how to” posts for easy summer cooking.
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Summer is in full swing and the farmer’s market stands are overflowing with corn, peaches and zucchini. Whether you’re firing up the grill, preparing to make a peach pie or whipping up a batch of guacamole, there are a few kitchen skills that will help you to throw together meals with ease. This post is filled with some of my best tips and tricks for making summertime cooking virtually painless. Heck, even enjoyable!

Grilling Tips

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There’s no reason to relinquish control of the cooking tongs once grilling season hits. How to: Grill Like a Girl…My Best Tips, which includes How to: Turn on a Gas Grill…Barbecue 101 will have you flipping burgers like a pro in no time.

Knife Skills & Sweet Pineapples

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Whether it’s the middle of winter or the height of summer, nothing speeds up dinnertime prep like good knife skills and a sharp knife. How to: Hold & Cut with a Chef’s Knife – Knife Skills 101 will give you the skills you need.

If you like grilled pineapple as much as I do, but hate wrestling with the spiky fruit, head to How to: Choose & Cut a Pineapple. It will make your life easier. I promise.

Peaches & Avocados

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Oh, how my husband wishes I used How to: Peel a Peach to make a summertime peach pie, but my ineptitude with pie pastry leaves that dream unrequited. Nevertheless, it’s always good to know how to deal with these stubborn fruits.

While I may be a failure in the pie department, I can whip up avocado recipes with my eyes closed. How to: Prepare an Avocado comes in handy every time.

Corn & Mangos

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There is nothing that epitomizes summertime more than a lightly charred ear of sweet corn. Eat it straight or top the salad with the kernels. How to: Grill Corn shows you how to achieve tender, smoky corn with little effort.

Mangos are one of the most baffling fruits to prepare, but the flesh of this exotic-tasting fruit can make the most amazing sorbet or fresh tasting slaw. Check out How to: Cut a Mango to navigate your way around that pesky pit.

Now go raid that farmer’s market and get cooking!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan July 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Love this round up!! It is always nice to now how to do things the right way and these post are so helpful!


2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl July 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Funny you say that – we are off to the farmers market momentarily!! Gorgeous photo of the mango btw.


3 carrian July 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

I love each of these!


4 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

Great tips and making me want to bbq right now!!


5 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love seeing another girl grilling…I’ve always done it and I just love conjuring up new things to do on my grill. So the upside down cake wasn’t perfect…guess I’ll have to try, try again!

Great tips Dara; something anyone can learn something from.


6 A Canadian Foodie July 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

A great idea for a post!


7 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

Great tips!!


8 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective July 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

Great tips, Dara! Thanks for sharing!


9 Annalise @ Completely Delicious July 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

Such wonderful tips! And those peeled peaches have me dreaming of a peach pie too! :)


10 Carla @ Carlas Confections July 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

LOVE these tips! Now I just need a grill 😉


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

Great tips for all the summer fruits and veggies!


12 Nutmeg Nanny July 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I love this post! Such useful tips :)


13 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

I need to study these tips like my Bible this summer lol


14 Frank @Memorie di Angelina July 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

Your husband lets you take over the grill? What is society coming to… ? (jk of course ;=))


15 Nessa July 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Awesome post!


16 Jess S. @ Floptimism July 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I loved this post so much that I featured it on my Weekend Wrap-Up post this week on my blog . Thank you for such a helpful post! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. I hope you had a great weekend!



17 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Great tips. I need to try grilling corn soon. I know you can make pie crust. Let’s make it together one day.


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