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July 17, 2012 - 11:12am

It’s already started: just the other day I ran into my neighbors as they were admiring their garden. “Looks like we’ve got a lot of zucchini coming in,” one of them said. “Would you like some?”

Yes, I would. It seems like everyone has zucchini to offer this time of year—it’s one of the most easy-to-grow garden veggies out there and a staple of supermarkets, farmers’ markets and backyard gardens alike. Finding ways to use it all is one of summer’s delicious challenges.

It’s a challenge I’m always up for. Zukes have a mild, grassy flavor that pairs well with almost anything. They’re great raw in salads, grilled, sautéed or stuffed. You can even cook the blossoms! At about 70¢ a pound this time of year, they’re amazingly cheap too. While they are low...

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July 13, 2012 - 11:41am

I love eating a perfectly tart slice of fruit pie on a warm summer evening. If there’s a scoop of vanilla ice cream with it, all the better. Fresh fruit pies are a delicious way to make use of the season’s newly picked strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, blueberries or nectarines, but the crust needs to shine just as much as that amazing summer fruit.

Because of this, I was excited to watch EatingWell’s expert Test Kitchen staff develop 6 essential tips and techniques for making perfect, healthier pie crust for our July/August issue. Whether you’re a pie novice or seasoned pro, keep these ideas in mind when you’re making your next pie to help your crust come out fresh, flaky and delicious—ice cream optional.

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July 3, 2012 - 2:58pm

Sweet corn is one of summer’s simplest, purest pleasures. A fresh-picked ear, grilled to caramelized perfection and lightly buttered, offers incredible, complex sweetness, an intoxicating texture and plenty of nutrition benefits to boot.

But many people have convinced themselves that sweet corn is bad. That’s a shame. It’s easy to take a few real nuggets of fact and use them to come to a distorted conclusion about this super-delicious summer veggie.

New Study Results: Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse for you than sugar?

In Barry Estabrook’s feature in the July/August issue of EatingWell, “Sweet Summer Corn,” he set the record straight about this misunderstood vegetable. Here are some of...

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June 25, 2012 - 12:47pm

Has this ever happened to you? You’re planning a summer get-together with friends—just something casual, maybe a picnic by the lake or a backyard cookout—when someone asks you to stop by the supermarket to “pick up a few things.”

Don’t Miss: 15 Tricks to Save Money at the Grocery Store

It’s easy for a backyard picnic to get expensive. Fortunately, there are a few equally easy ways to control costs. We talked with eco-expert Pablo Päster about whether “eco-friendly” picnic items are worth the extra expense for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine and did some price comparisons of our own on which popular cookout foods will set you back the most. The...

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June 18, 2012 - 10:11am

While chicken is a delicious mainstay of many people’s cooking year-round, it’s always had a special place in my summer food line-up. Juicy, grilled chicken breasts, pulled chicken sandwiches, fried chicken drumsticks, whole beer-barbecued chicken—summer chicken recipes are some of my all-time favorites.

Don’t Miss: How to Grill Chicken to Perfection Every Time

Here are some of EatingWell’s best healthy summer chicken recipes—whichever you pick, you can be confident that you’re cooking a meal packed with summer’s best flavors!

Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad
This sesame chicken and noodle...

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