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I asked a friend the other day, “Can you eat too much Summer corn?!”

Rhetorical question.

It’s a long weekend in the US, and that means it’s time to break out the grill and the picnic basket.

Now you have the perfect excuse to hit your local farmer’s market. Along with grilling Summer corn, you can freshen up your table with Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic vinaigrette. (And no judgment if you want to keep that big bowl of potato salad for traditionalists.)

Are you stumped about what to serve your vegan friends? Check out the elegant grilled artichokes & polenta with blistered tomatoes and pesto. You may end up converting the steak lovers at your party.

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet ending to the meal, set up do it yourself s’mores. Yes – I’m talking about the graham cracker concoctions from your childhood days. Sunset magazine has you covered with 12 different gourmet varieties. Perfect for the kids and the kids at heart.

Enjoy!

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