The Best Summer Side Dishes

The Best Summer Side Dishes

Farm-fresh favorites.

Summer is finally in sight, and we can’t wait. From backyard cookouts to church potlucks and Fourth of July celebrations, summer is full of opportunities to show off your cooking skills using the season’s freshest produce. These side dishes showcase farm-fresh tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, peaches, and more of your favorite fruits and veggies. Whether you need a quick coleslaw recipe to bring to a last-minute neighborhood block party or you want to have the most beautiful summer salad at the Labor Day cookout, these are our best recipes to show off. With plenty of no-cook and five-ingredient options, these are also the easiest ideas ever. So go ahead and send out the e-vite for your annual cookout—These are our favorite summer side dishes that use the most of the season’s bounty.

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30 Father’s Day Cakes That Will Make Dad Feel Special

30 Father’s Day Cakes That Will Make Dad Feel Special

Because he loves cake. He loves it hard.

Father’s Day doesn’t often get the attention it deserves, largely because our fathers can be so delightfully low maintenance. Take a trip to the ballpark, buy him a chili dog, and he’s in hog heaven. But why not go the extra mile? Here’s something about Southern dads: More often than not, they have a sweet tooth that cannot be rivaled. It’s practically an unspoken law in every house. “Do not bake a warm batch of cookies when your father’s in smelling range. They will not make it to the bake sale.”

This Father’s Day, delight your dad’s sweet tooth with one of these Father’s Day cake ideas. From classic Southern cake recipes to delicious new ones, these picks are sure to please your papa. Try a new riff on an old-school treat, like our Peach Upside-Down Cake, or a super Southern crowd-pleaser, like our Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundts. Whether he’s a glutton for chocolate or a sucker for citrus, your dad will absolutely love one of these 30 Father’s Day cakes. (Go ahead and get his second slice ready to go.)

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30+ Graduation Party Recipes

30+ Graduation Party Recipes

Earn your honors.

Graduating, whether from high school, college, or any graduate school, is a huge deal that deserves to be celebrated. Celebrating is something Southerners have never taken issue with, especially when there’s ample homemade food involved. These are the best graduation party food ideas to show your grad how proud you are of them. Everyone will be happy with party classics like ham biscuits and deviled eggs, and you can mix in new favorites like roasted broccoli salad and our latest spin on potato skins. You can’t forget dessert when you talk about festivities, because every party needs to end on a sweet note. Instead of ordering one, try a homemade chocolate chip cookie cake, or send your grad off to the real world with a decadent Texas sheet cake. Whatever recipes you choose for your graduation party, be sure your graduate feels the love. These ideas will end the school year on the best note.

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17 Spectacular New Recipes to Welcome Spring

17 Spectacular New Recipes to Welcome Spring

From best-ever Easter brunch recipes to crowd-pleasing spring side dishes.

Here at Southern Living, April has come to cover something big: South’s Best. We’re talking about all the special places in the South that you, the readers, love enough to cast votes for. (Over 65,000 of you, to be exact.) And in the South, many of our favorite places are food-related. Obviously. From the South’s Best Barbecue Joints to the South’s Best Restaurants, it’s clear that we’re always on the hunt for something good to eat.

This April, alongside our South’s Best Awards, we’re featuring a similarly crowd-pleasing collection of delicious new recipes. Since Easter is just a hop away, we started with five brunch recipes that are sure to be a hit at your celebration. When we say it’s the only brunch menu you might ever need, we aren’t exaggerating. We’re sharing our best company-worthy quiche, hashbrown casserole, French toast bake, Tex-Mex skillet dish, and a casserole take on classic shrimp and grits. (See? Best menu ever.) We rounded out our savory side with spring-ready sides and mains. Get ready to head back to your roots, literally, with spectacular side dish recipes for some of your favorite spring veggies: carrots, turnips, radishes, and beets. Two easy weeknight recipes later, one sheet pan and one skillet, and you’re set.

To end the month on a sweet note, try any one of our fruity surprises: a strawberry-rhubarb crisp, fresh strawberry gelato, or jam-topped hazelnut financiers. But leave just a little room to make our show-stopping layered dream: the Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake. When you see it, you’ll understand. Without further adieu, dive into April with these 17 sensational spring recipes.

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Incredibly Easy Easter Appetizers

Incredibly Easy Easter Appetizers

Even the Easter Bunny might drop by to try these recipes.

Even though the main dish is the star of the show at Easter dinner, every Southern hostess knows you’ve got to have appetizers to welcome your guests. That doesn’t mean that you should spend even more time and effort in the kitchen than you already are, though. These easy Easter appetizers will look beautiful and taste incredible, but no one will know how easy they are. With classic Easter appetizers like deviled eggs and ham biscuits, the whole crowd will be pleased. For the easiest Easter appetizer, go with recipes with short and sweet ingredient lists, like our bacon bow ties and spicy pimiento cheese sausage balls. It wouldn’t be a gathering without a good cheese or dip, and we’ve got plenty of recipes that will fit right in as Easter appetizers. While you’re planning out your Easter menu, don’t forget the appetizers! These are the easiest Easter appetizer recipes to get them on the table. Your guests will love you even more for it.

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