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Welcome, Summer!

Have you ever walked into the grocery store only to instantly become inspired to try a new recipe, reference your cell phone to search for it, (in theory this seems simple) but then that terrible moment happens when 6% battery and a spotty Wi-Fi connection starts to absolutely crush all of your hope? Talk about stressful.

Thankfully, this crisis narrowly escaped me as I fled the store with 3% battery and ingredients for a must-try dessert–a cool, creamy, and only 5-ingredient recipe for peanut butter pie.

Welcoming this tasty pastry to my dinner table means only one thing: Summer is officially HERE! This afternoon, I plan on soaking up the lengthy period of incandescent summer daylight and then indulging in another large (and delicious!) slice of Trish’s Peanut Butter Pie.

It’s that magical time of year where the days seem longer, the backyard barbecues are frequent, and the carefree, yet somehow still ambitious attitude to try new things, kicks in. If trying a new recipe (or 10) is on your to-do list, let these Summer Cookout recipes inspire you:

Start with this cool cocktail. Fresh blackberries, cucumber slices, and lime juice create an ultra-summery, fruity escape. Recipe: Blackberry Cocktail

For an easy appetizer, try this simple salsa. The sweet-hot vinaigrette adds a nice kick and pairs beautifully with tortilla chips or spooned over your favorite grilled entrée. Recipe: Roasted Corn Salsa

If you like broccoli salad, mix it up and turn it into a favorite pasta salad with the addition of grapes, pecans, bacon, and a creamy mayonnaise dressing. Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Brine this chicken in buttermilk, shallot, and spices for a mouth-watering main dish that's perfect for summer barbecues and family gatherings. Recipe: Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

This iconic campfire dessert gets a makeover with homemade graham cracker and marshmallows. Your entire family will go crazy for these gooey, chocolatey, mouth-watering morsels. (If you're starting to drool, it's alright, I nearly did too.) Recipe: The Ultimate S'more

What's on your summer recipe bucket list? Tell us what you're excited about cooking!