The time of picnics, barbecues, beach outings, ripe tomatoes, and fresh cherries is drawing to a close—but it’s not over yet. Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer with five great menus featuring grilled meats, light pastas, the season’s best produce, and plenty of picnic-ready favorites.


A Middle Eastern Picnic

Get outdoors with a colorful picnic spread composed of fragrant dishes from the Middle East. Recipes like spice-rubbed chicken and stuffed grape leaves are all easy to make ahead and taste great chilled—just add fresh bread for a beautiful, portable feast. See the menu for a Middle Eastern Picnic »

A New England Seafood Cookout

With lobster, oysters, fresh corn on the grill, and more, a menu of classic coastal New England delights is perfect for entertaining outdoors. See the menu for a New England Seafood Cookout »

A Celebration of Pesto

Late-summer tomatoes and fresh basil combine in myriad ways; this menu, a four-course pesto feast, celebrates our favorite way to showcase them. See the Celebration of Pesto menu »

A Summer Market Dinner

Savor the tail end of summer with a simple, colorful menu full of gorgeous August produce: sweet corn chowder, pasta tossed with a kaleidoscopic mix of summer vegetables, light-as-a-cloud raspberry brûlée, and more. See the Summer Market Dinner menu »