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20 Refreshing Drinks for Your Independence Day Party

If you're going to celebrate Independence day by a grill or on the beach, then you're going to need ice cold refreshments. Pull out your blender to prep a pitcher or two of frozen cocktails made with sweet summer fruit, or mix up a batch of sangria to bring along. Don't forget a booze-free option to keep the heat at bay, and be sure to stock up on ice to keep the party going. Here are 20 recipes to get you started. More

Life at Sea: The Pleasures and Perils of Nautical Cooking

Sailing as a form of travel is pretty much like taking your house from place to place, kitchen (or galley, in sailor-speak) included. Your house just happens to be the size of a walk-in closet, and more often than not, it's rocking back and forth or hanging out at a 25-degree angle. Here's how you make every meal count. More

Peruvian Jalea is the Fried Seafood Dish to Rule Them All

I love all kinds of fried seafood, from oysters to Ipswich clams and fish and chips, but if I had to pick a favorite, Peruvian jalea would be one of the frontrunners. A platter of mixed fried seafood including fish, shrimp, and calamari, it's topped with a bright, refreshing, slightly spicy salad of red onions, tomato, and cilantro marinated in lime juice. More

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

While you can smoke well on a grill if you know the tricks, nothing beats a dedicated smoker for succulent low-and-slow smoked ribs, pork, and brisket. You don't have to spend $10,000 on a big black submarine as seen on TV. Whether you want to go with wood, charcoal, gas, pellet, or electric, you can choose from a wide variety of smokers that are easy to use and get great results for under $500. Here are our picks. More

18 Sides and Salads for Your July 4th Festivities

Meat tends to get all of the glory at summer grill-outs, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be accompanied by equally tantalizing side dishes. I'm talking flavorful grilled vegetables, cooling salads, and saucy baked beans. We've got 18 recipes to complete your Fourth of July feast that'll almost make your guests forget about those smoky, savory ribs. More

The Japanese Way to Make Potato Salad

Japanese versions of Western dishes, known as yōshoku cuisine, may look like the originals that inspired them, but the flavor is unmistakably Japanese. Take this potato salad, which derives its unique flavor from Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard. More

Batch up This Savory Summer Party Punch

When I start to think about making a punch, I get really excited. I'm not talking garbage-pail college drinks, but the real thing, historically made with an oleo-saccharum, which is just a fancy phrase for a mix of sugar and citrus peels that's packed with concentrated and complex flavor. This refreshing version calls in earthy gunpowder tea, gin, and both lemons and limes. More

When Vietnamese Sandwiches and Italian Bread Salads Combine: Banh Mi Panzanella

When life hands you stale banh mi baguettes, you really can't make lemonade. Instead, make this banh mi bread salad that's inspired by panzanella, the classic Tuscan dish designed to transform stale bread into a delicious meal, but using banh mi flavors instead. In fact, you don't even need stale bread to make this: Just buy fresh bread and dry it in the oven. More

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