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Summer Kitchen Tips for Sensational Seasonal Cooking

As the temperatures start to rise, it’s the perfect time to liven up your kitchen game and impress with some sensational summer cooking. Whether you’re firing up the grill, whipping up refreshing cold dishes, or putting those seasonal produce gems to use, these kitchen tips and tricks will have you making a serious splash this summer.

Grilled Mains and Sides

The grill is the summertime kitchen rockstar, so make sure you’re maximizing its full potential. One pro move is to use wood planks or cedar wraps to infuse your proteins like salmon, chicken or even Brie cheese with incredible smoky flavors. Just soak the planks in water for an hour before using.

For out-of-this-world smoky vegetables, grab a bundle of hardy herbs like rosemary or thyme and toss it onto the hot grill grates to smolder. Then quickly grill veggies like peppers, zucchini or eggplant over the herb flames. Finishing them with a drizzle of any one of our ultra premium extra virgin olive oils completes the magic.

Cooler Apps and Dip Delights

When it’s scorching outside, cool refreshing appetizers and dips are absolute lifesavers. For ultra creamy hummus or white bean dips, make them extra creamy by using UP olive oils to blend everything into a satiny smooth consistency. Be sure to change up the flavors of your hummus and dips by picking a new D’Olivo flavored olive oil each time.

Herbes De Provence Hummus

Creamy White Bean Dip Recipe

Another crowd dazzler is a colorful summer crudité platter with high impact dipping sauces. Get saucy by blending fruity ingredients like mangos, pineapple or berries with Greek yogurt, lime and a hint of honey for vibrant, healthy dippers bursting with flavor.

Fruit Desserts for the Win

With a kaleidoscope of sweet fruits in season, you’ve got a million delicious dessert possibilities. For next level cobblers or crisps, toss your fruit with a splash of fresh orange or lemon juice to make the flavors exponentially brighter and more dynamic.

When making chilled fruit soups or gazpachos, use an immersion blender to partially blend some of the fruit, leaving plenty of delectable chunks and texture throughout. Nothing’s sadder than a boring, homogenized puree.
Another pro move for fruit tarts and pies is heating a sugary jam glaze in the microwave until bubbling, then brushing it over the top for a bakery-level glistening finish primed for oohs and ahhs.

Apple Crisp Recipe

Bubbles Up

It would be unthinkable to talk summer cooking without mentioning the most refreshing summertime sipper: chilled bubbles! Next time you’re whipping up a batch of homemade lemonade or punchy sangria, toss in a splash of one of our delicious champagnes, sparkling wines, or cavas for some extra fun.

Spice Up Your Veggies

No list of summer cooking hacks would be complete without mentioning UP extra virgin olive oil – the healthy, flavorful workhorse you need in your corner. Use it to marinade, drizzle or simply add a masterful finish to all your sizzling proteins, vegetables and even fruits. Again, flavor variety is your friend here so try pairing our oils with our fun selection of balsamic vinegars.

Extra virgin olive oils are full of potential so be sure to tap into it by making herb and olive oil-based dips, dressings, pico de salsa and marinades. Or make it the star in baked goods like olive oil cakes, cookies and savory loaf breads. Truly, extra virgin olive oil is the signature ingredient that will put your summer cooking in the big leagues.

With these pro-level tips, you’re ready to seriously raise the bar on all your summer cooking adventures. Get sizzling, get blending, and never let the summer fun leave your kitchen!