11 Foods You Have to Make Before Summer Is Over

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired August 05, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

It’s August and that means we’re in a race to the finish to enjoy every last moment of summer before school starts and the fall chill creeps in. So we’re counting down our 11 favorite summer recipes that you have to make while you can still enjoy the warm weather!

No. 1: BLT Ranch Burgers

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Katie Lee’s simple, summery BLT burger will be the hit of any BBQ. Katie accessorizes her beef patty with bacon, homemade ranch dressing and a toasted bun.

Tip: Add Worcestershire sauce to your ground beef when you make your burger patties, because as Katie says, it will make your meat taste “meatier.”

No. 2: Watermelon Frog

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For your last summer fiesta, why not bring this clever and cute Watermelon Frog fruit salad? Click through to watch a step-by-step demonstration.

No. 3: Katie Lee’s All-American Potato Salad

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Katie Lee's potato salad recipe is everything you look for in this favorite of American side dishes. The mayo and Dijon dressing, fresh herbs and lemon juice make this the perfect accompaniment to your burgers and dogs.

No. 4: Jessica Alba’s Pops

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Jessica Alba’s juice pops are healthy, and super fun and easy to make with your kids. Your kids won’t mind eating them, either.

No. 5: Richard Blais' Chili-Spiced Corn on the Cob

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This to-die-for spicy corn on the cob is Richard Blais’ delish take on the corn you would find at a food cart on the streets of L.A., with the delectable addition of a prosciutto wrapper.

No. 6: Grant’s Watermelon Ice Cream Pops

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Grant’s adorable DIY watermelon ice cream pops are the perfect item to add to your “Summer Bucket List.” They are the perfect snack to munch barefoot on the porch during the last days of summer.

No. 7: Grilled Pinwheel Steaks and Roasted Broccoli

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You have to try this flavorful, juicy steak before summer is over! Roll skirt steaks with lemon zest, herbs and spices, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, tie, slice and grill. Delish!

No. 8: Berries and Cream Parfait

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Take advantage of the plentiful, fresh summer berries while you can, and make this beautiful and delicious parfait. It makes for an elegant presentation if you have any August gatherings to attend!

No. 9: Andrew Zimmern’s Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

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This delicious lemonade combines the tartness of lemon, the brightness of mint and the mellow taste of cucumber for a virgin beverage the whole family can enjoy. Add your favorite liquor if you want to make it adult-only!

No. 10: West Virginia-Style Hot Dogs

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When you think of regional hot dog recipes, usually New York or Chicago-style comes to mind. But Katie Lee is bringing you West Virginia-style dogs! Her dogs are slathered with a delicious homemade chili sauce, yellow mustard, onions and cole slaw -- delish! Katie says, “If you make this for your neighborhood block party, you will be the hero of the neighborhood.”

No. 11: Grilled Guacamole

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Grilling the ingredients brings out bonus flavor in this otherwise-classic guacamole recipe. So fire up the grill while you still can and make some guac your family and friends won’t soon forget!

What dish makes you think of summer? Share in the comments.

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