What's the Foodie's Equivalent of "No White After Labor Day"?

Though foods don't necessarily fade out of style, they do fall out of season.
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If you've ever decked yourself out in an all-white outfit in October in a defiant act of who-ever-decided-I-couldn't-anyway, then you aren't alone. Though fashion worshipers may call wearing white after Labor Day an extreme and unforgivable faux pas (because how dare you), it's one of those rules that either you follow or you don't. Around here, we have our own issues when it comes to accepting that (sigh) summer is over and we have to move on with our lives. Though foods don't necessarily fade out of style, they do fall out of season. There are a slew of foods that are on the summer-only list, though no food police is ever going to come after you if you eat them in another season. These are the dishes you should cook outdoors before Labor Day comes and goes (and they look mighty fine next to a pair of white jeans, might we add).

Once you put your rickety charcoal grill into storage, your chances of chowing down on a hot dog nosedive. That's because hot dogs just  taste better when they're all juicy and char-marked — especially when you toast the buns on the grill too. Fire up the grill one last time for Bobby Flay's  Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish (pictured above) before you put your hot-dog-eating pursuits on hold until next year.

Bobby Flay's Perfectly Grilled Corn as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Nibbling corn straight off the cob just doesn't have the same appeal when you're doing it inside and the heat's on. Plus, it's going to get a whole lot harder to find good, juicy corn as we creep closer and closer to fall. Work this seasonal beauty into your Labor Day cookout menu by cooking up Bobby's  Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Cheeseburger Kebabs.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

We thought skewers on the grill were as summery as they could get, until these  Grilled Cheeseburger Kebabs came into our lives. They've got all the elements of the all-American favorite, threaded onto skewers.

If your summer has been anything like ours, boatloads of zucchini and summer squash have found their way into your CSA boxes and onto your plates. Before this in-season crop fades away until next year, cook up Ellie Krieger's better-for-you  Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.

Photo by: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

You might eat tomatoes year-round in all kinds of ways (in pasta sauces, in salsa and as a last-minute addition to your family's salad bowl), but the kind of tomato we're talking about here can only be eaten fresh — and that means summer is the only time you can hope to partake of it. Before peak-of-summer tomatoes fade away for another season, do as Ina Garten does and bring the juicy gems into a vibrant  Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad.

FNK PEACH STREUSEL SLAB PIE, Food Network Kitchen, Allpurpose Flour, Unsalted Butter, Confectioners’ Sugar, Peaches, Light Brown Sugar, Lemon, Cornstarch, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Almonds

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

At any other time of year, peaches are rock-hard and far from juicy, better used as a stone for throwing than eaten as a sweet fruit. Before it's too late and we're back to that reality, bake them into a fetching, crowd-pleasing  Peach Streusel Slab Pie.

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