Top 10 Coolest Summertime Recipes


Well a kitchen flop happened. Womp, womp. But it’s okay…it’s okay! These things happen from time to time, just a part of trying weird stuff in the kitchen.

A sweet ombré situation was attempted yesterday, unfortunately the situation didn’t result in utter deliciousness. Not to worry ’cause it will…oh it will! I’m determined. Tweaks will be made, adjustments will happen here and there. Maybe an all around color change? I’m thinking red to pink to white, instead of blue to turquoise. Thoughts…?

Let’s think of this like a group recipe testing situation. Collaboration between you and me! I like this!

In other news, I figured it was time to dig deep down into the archives of A Cozy Kitchen and break out some summertime recipes. Like any normal person, I definitely play favorites. Let’s explore!

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Marshmallows all brown and toasty thrown into the blender with ice cream and yogurt. HELLO! This screams summer.

And totally add the super common, overly-used stripy straw. They’re still cute!

Listen. This is a weird pizza, I know. But trust me when I tell you that it’s weird in the best way possible.

Lemon, smoked salmon and créme fraiche! So good! The lemon slices are super thin, giving this pizza the perfect amount of tartness. Throw in the cold salmon and creamy créme fraiche? WHOA! Total show-stopper.

Cornmeal crusted fried pickle chips. Fry them up, serve them with a cold beer. The end.

I made this Mixed Berry Pie in about an hour and a half. I was on my way to a BBQ and was more concerned with curling my hair than making pie dough from scratch.

If you, too, find yourself in this predicament, make this pie. It was delicious and my hair and outfit looked nice. WIN!

Classic Icebox Cake

Five ingredients needed and no hot oven required. This cake takes about 30 minutes to assemble. I feel like I made this about a dozen times last summer.

Homemade Ding Dongs

These things take a little bit of effort. But oh man…if you show up to bbqs with homemade ding dongs, everyone will love you. It’s just a fact.

Fried Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Gooey, fried cheese topped with fresh pesto and served with thick slices of tomato. Heeyyyy!

Heirloom BLT Pizza

If your garden is giving you a crazy amount of tomatoes, this pie is for you.

Heirloom tomatoes not required, just thrown in for a bit of prettiness.

Watermelon Gin and Tonic

This is basically my go-to drink–a gin and tonic–all summer-fied. This watermelon syrup is easy. Buy good gin. Buy good tonic. It makes all the difference!

Go summer, go!

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  • Reply Jade Sheldon May 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    You are KILLING me. I want each and every single one of these things RIGHT NOW.

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou May 16, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I have to try that pizza…lemon, salmon and creme fraiche. The most unlike toppings for a pizza but I bet it’s delicious!

  • Reply marissa @ the boot May 16, 2012 at 2:36 am

    such a good little round up. i must have the watermelon gin and tonic in my life asap!

  • Reply Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 16, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Awesome round-up of recipes! I will have to try all of these, starting with that fried mozzarella. Yum!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 16, 2012 at 4:08 am

    So many yummy looking things here. I wish this was a menu and I could just order everything right now. *sigh*

  • Reply Miss K May 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Such great photos! Would love to try everything…

  • Reply Blog is the New Black May 16, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Iw ant them all, esp the fried mozz salad!

  • Reply Emily @ She Makes and Bakes May 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I love almost everything on that list. Yay Summer!!!

  • Reply Margarita May 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Heirloom tomatoes are so special… I just love how I can eat it like a piece of fruit and just sprinkle salt on top. Those would never make it on a pizza for me, I’d just eat it raw. I love the lemon, smoked salmon, creme fraiche pizza… That looks really lovely!

  • Reply Jen May 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I love posts like this! I immediately want to make the pickles and fried mozzarella. Immediately.

  • Reply Rachel@FoodFix May 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Wow…I am bookmarking a bunch of these…really cool ideas. Love the fried caprese, the ding dongs (after school favorite of my youth!), The ice box cake looks amazing…and the gin and tonic just the thing…mmm. Lovely photos!

  • Reply Foodloveandhappiness May 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Oeh those home made dingdongs! And the fried mozzarella salade looks great, gonna try it!

  • Reply Katie May 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    That watermelon G&T sounds amazing! I actually have watermelon juice in the fridge at the moment; do you think that could be subbed for the watermelon syrup, or should I reduce it down to a syrup?

    • Reply Adrianna May 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I would for sure reduce it down to syrup just so the flavor is more concentrated. If you don’t feel like messing with that, I bet it won’t taste terrible. 🙂

  • Reply Liza in Ann Arbor May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    They all look good but you got me with watermelon gin and tonic. Oh yeah! Gin and tonic = summer for me.

  • Reply Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Love this look! They all look so delicious!

  • Reply Evi May 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Great suggestions! They all look so yummy. Summer is about to start here, so I’ll definitely be back! =)

  • Reply Val @ Tips on Healthy Living May 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    The lemon and salmon pizza is such an amazingly simple idea. Totally doable on a week night too. Trader Joe’s herb pizza dough has been a lifesaver and these toppings would be perfection on it.

  • Reply Abbie May 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t even handle this list. I want to make every single thing (except the pizza, which looks delicious but still makes me nervous.)

  • Reply Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I think my father would sing with glee if I made him homemade ding dongs lol. I’m eyeing the toasted marshmallow shake…

  • Reply kamran siddiqi May 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Adrianna– gosh, can I just have one of everything? Especially those cupcakes and that GORGEOUS pie?

  • Reply Lisa May 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I remember when you posted the icebox cake last year….I haven’t been able to find the wafer cookies….any thoughts?? Love the rest of the list – can’t wait to try the g&t…currently breast feeding my newborn, but this drink will be at the front of the list for later! 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna May 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      It depends where you live. I live in LA and found them at Gelson’s. Lemme do a little searching around on the internets and I’ll post a link!

  • Reply Barb Bamber May 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    What a collection of spectacular recipes.. I’d be happy trying just one and look at how many you have to tempt us!

  • Reply olivia May 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Those home made ding dong’s are calling me name!

  • Reply Liz May 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Love the lemon pizza…

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Holy moly. I want to eat/make just about every single thing on your list here.

  • Reply Adina May 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    WOW. I want all of these. In my stomach. Right now. And I’m thrilled that you make pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts because they’re so gosh darn expensive … I also just saw a recipe for pesto with cilantro and almonds! I bet it’d be delish on the salad, too.

  • Reply Melissa Klotz May 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Good tonic definitely does make a difference. I tasted a bunch at the Natural Products Expo last March — very eye-opening!

  • Reply Liz May 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Okay, I know I’m getting a little comment-happy, but this is the second time the following has happened to me:

    I prep and kneed and blend and bake until it’s finally time to chow down. Then I take the first bite and BURST OUT LAUGHING because I can’t believe how unbelievably delicious the thing that I’ve just created is.

    Last night I made the Watermelon G&T and your Fig, Bacon and Goat Cheese Pizza ( – no figs at the store, so I substituted with dates. And I ate and laughed and ate some more. THANK YOU –

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Oh hey! This is awesome!

  • Reply Hallie May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m obsessed with your coca-cola cupcakes. I threw a ‘diner’ dinner party with meatloaf sliders, sweet potato fries w/ sriracha mayo (duh) and those cupcakes for dessert. Yowza, it was great but the cupcakes were the best part. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Reply Adrianna May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm


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