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By Hannah Muehlberger

It’s no secret that the Barefoot Contessa lady herself, Ina Garten, is a brilliant chef and knows what she is doing. As parties and get-togethers are slowly becoming more common and safe, you’ll want to present your best and make a great comeback from all of those months in quarantine. Luckily, this Food Network star has some delicious summer recipes that will keep you busy and have everyone who tries them be impressed. And whether it is just for you and a plus one, or for a fancy dinner party that won’t include boxed macaroni and cheese, these summer recipes from Ina Garten will be the highlight of your season.

1. Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

Do not be fooled by the simplistic title, this delicious Ina-classic is not only simple but will wow your guests. Made with delicious buttery herbs, lemon, and a white wine sauce. You can serve this chicken with some roasted veggies and some rice or classic mashed potatoes.

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2. Grilled Salmon Sandwiches


A more casual dish, these sandwiches are quite a step up from your average fish sandwich. The salmon sandwiches are made with a creamy sauce made of sour cream, mayonnaise, capers, dill, and basil.

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3. Summer Rosé Sangria

For a nice refreshing beverage to add to your next get-together, in addition to wine and fruit, this sangria also shakes it up with some cognac, Grand Marnier, and pomegranate juice. This sangria will help pull together whatever dish you create for your crowd.

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4. Red Berry Shortcakes with Honey Yogurt

A little more advanced for some, the extra intricacy with this dessert is sure to pay off for a nice, beautiful Summer dessert. With fresh berries and crunchy, light, buttery shortcakes, and an added tang from Greek yogurt and just a sweet bit of honey, these shortcakes are sure to be a hit.

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5. Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

Another classic on this list, this shrimp scampi is one that you will want to make time, and time again. A decadent pasta dish with fresh seafood, this summer dish is not only delicious but easy to make.

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6. Lemon Bars

How could a list of summer recipes not include lemon bars? This summer classic is always a good dessert for any summer occasion. Whether you have some by the pool, or you bring them to a nice dinner party, these fan favorites are perfect for any age and any summer party.

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7. Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

A fancy, yet simple appetizer, these fresh summer hors d’oeuvres have delicious cherry tomatoes with shallots and garlic. This dish also has delicious whipped feta with cream cheese all topped on french bread.

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If you’re at a loss for what to make for that fancy dinner party, or for just a summer get-together for your friends. And since you probably haven’t cooked for a lot of people in about a year, no need to worry about being rusty on your kitchen skills. These recipes are simple, satisfying, and will have your guests wanting more. Enjoy!



The Ina Garten Dishes We’ll Be Making All Summer



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