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The Cookstr Weekly: Last-Minute Quick Summer Meals

August 17, 2012

Breathe in those last gasps of summer, and fire up the grill or hit the farmers’ market for some quick and easy dishes. Toss together an effortlessly put-together salad, add the rest of the season’s produce to your favorite pasta, or stick some meat on the grill while it’s still warm enough to eat al fresco: Kathleen Sloan’s McIntosh’s New Australian Grilled Chicken makes a simple and satisfying meal with just a handful of ingredients. All of the recipes here are done in thirty minutes or less, which means plenty of time to relax and enjoy the rest of the season. Before diving into autumn, with all of the slow-cooked goodness, long-tended roasts, sumptuous casseroles, and nights of entertaining that fall brings, it’s worth taking advantage of seasonal ingredients that only need a few minutes of prep to serve. 

More Quick Summer Recipes from Cookstr:


“Cafe de olla is a sweet, heavily spiced brew, usually taken hot in the morning with sweet rolls and in the afternoon with crunchy cookies or a pastry. This refreshing dessert drink, served over ice, features cafe de olla’s welcome kick of caffeine. Cafe de olla is also great as a float, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Piloncillo is raw cane sugar, molded and sold in cones. It has a mild molasses flavor; raw sugar or brown sugar may be substituted.” 


– Deborah Schneider



At the risk of overstating it, get those summer tomatoes while the gettin’s good! Stale, crusty good white bread is a must for this recipe, as well as fresh basil and plenty of garlic. 


“This Tuscan soup is delicious – it’s a soup everyone should try. Just thinking of it makes me salivate! It’s a family-friendly soup – babies and grandparents (both without teeth!) can eat it with gusto. I’ve added roasted cherry tomatoes to my recipe but it also works really well just with tinned. The great thing is that it only takes 20 minutes to cook, so go for it!” 

– Jamie Oliver

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