Valerie’s Summer Party Must-Haves

Perfect for any summer bash, these seasonal dishes and desserts will surely have your guests coming back for more.

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Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Rob Pryce

Photo By: Melissa Libertelli

Photo By: Melissa Libertelli

Photo By: Melissa Libertelli

Photo By: Melissa Libertelli

Photo By: Melissa Libertelli

Fried Clams with Tartar and Cocktail Sauces

A simple flour mixture flavored with seafood seasoning brings a tasty, crispy crunch to these fried clams.

Get the Recipe: Fried Clams with Tartar and Cocktail Sauces

Frozen Fireworks

Pick up a couple push-pop molds to pull off these red, white and blue sweet treats, featuring store-bought sorbet.

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Honey Rosemary Snack Mix

"This one is a keeper!" says one of our fans, "The sweet, salty and fresh rosemary combination is great."

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Ready in just 30 minutes, this top-rated pasta salad is dressed up with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and sliced salami for a hearty combo.

Get the Recipe: Antipasto Pasta Salad

Mom's Perfect Sub Sandwich

Valerie’s Mom’s perfect sub sandwich wouldn’t be complete without a combination of three classic Italian meats: prosciutto, capicola and Genoa salami.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Perfect Sub Sandwich

Chocolate Marble Love Cake

Valerie’s marble love cake gives you the best of both worlds with layers of chocolate and vanilla cakes. She finishes it with a rich and creamy vanilla icing for over-the-top decadence.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Marble Love Cake

Zoodle Panzanella

Use up the extra zucchini in your garden by making zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), and try them in Val’s refreshing panzanella with a bright vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Zoodle Panzanella

Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Arguably summer’s best sweet treat, the classic s’more gets an indoor upgrade with these fuss-free dessert bars.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips

Valerie says soaking your potatoes in vinegar before frying helps them turn out super crispy.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips

Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Pickle Slaw

Marinating the chicken thighs in a pickle brine helps tenderize the meat and adds a welcome boost of tangy flavor.

Get the Recipe: Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Pickle Slaw

Herby Couscous

Fresh summer herbs steal the show here. Val likes a mix of basil, dill, chives and parsley to deliver bright flavors.

Get the Recipe: Herby Couscous

Crisp Romaine Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette

A dollop of mustard transforms Valerie’s simple salad dressing.

Get the Recipe: Crisp Romaine Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette

Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing

Valerie tosses traditional spring roll ingredients like carrots, bean sprouts and rice noodles with fresh lettuce to create a satisfying salad.

Get the Recipe: Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing

Salmon Burgers with Spicy Quick-Pickled Vegetables

Skip the salmon in a can. Here Valerie prefers fresh salmon to make her patties, flavored with peppers, onions and ginger.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Burgers with Spicy Quick-Pickled Vegetables

Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Celery-Blue Cheese Slaw

Thanks to store-bought buffalo sauce and a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken, these simple sliders are ready in just 25 minutes, perfect for a last-minute party dish.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Celery-Blue Cheese Slaw

Lamb Burgers with Charred Tomatoes and Feta

Bold spices like cumin, coriander and oregano deliver a big boost of flavor to these moist lamb burgers.

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Grilled Corn with Smoky Butter

Don’t worry if your grilled corn gets a bit charred in some spots. Valerie says that’s exactly what you’re looking for!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn with Smoky Butter

Pasta Salad Alla Norma

Sweet eggplant, juicy cherry tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese combine to create an Italian-style pasta salad you’ll love.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Salad Alla Norma

Chipotle Barbecue Ribs

A backyard barbeque isn’t complete without ribs, right?! The chipotles in adobo add smoky and tangy flavors to the homemade barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Barbecue Ribs

Mini Bell Pepper Poppers with Bacon

Stuff halved mini bell peppers with a creamy mixture of cheddar and bacon for the ultimate snackable appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Mini Bell Pepper Poppers with Bacon

Kale and Carrot Slaw

Add this fresh salad to your cookout lineup to balance the richness of the burgers, hot dogs and macaroni.

Get the Recipe: Kale and Carrot Slaw

Frozen Watermelon Pops with Dipping Prosecco

Cool down with these refreshing frozen watermelon pops served in glasses of prosecco for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Pops with Dipping Prosecco

Olive and Celery Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

You’re only 10 minutes away from the easiest side salad ever.

Get the Recipe: Olive and Celery Salad with Roasted Red Peppers