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Tastemaker Feed: Star of the Potluck

Are you ready for a cookout? Earlier this week, we shared a ton of great stuff – info, tips, and tricks – to help you in your summer get-together adventures. From hosting to attending, we’ve got you covered.

Now, we’re diving just a bit deeper with some inspiring recipes. Make or bring any of these simple, delicious bites and we’re preeeetty sure people will be singing your praises all night.

First, something simple: charcuterie.

Charcuterie [pronounced shar-COO-ter-ee] is a little tough to say, but so, so easy to make (and eat). Simply put, it’s a platter of meats and cheese, with other favorites (like pickled veggies, olives, fruits) sprinkled in.

Blogger Yvonne put this delicious app together as a “single serve” platter (i.e., for me, myself and I), but you could easily up the serving size to share at a party. Best part? You can easily buy all of the ingredients at the store on the way to the party, then plate it with style for that #profesh look.


Next up, tostadas (or tacos, our faves).

These are a host’s dream. A platter with different ingredients that guests can easily mix and match themselves? Sign us up. These tostadas from blogger Jessica call for shrimp in a delicious marinade, but you could easily swap it for a protein of your choice (chicken, steak, pork, tofu, mushrooms…). The real sinker is the strawberry salsa, which is a mix of berries, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Hosts, prep the ingredients for these summery treats and set up a heart-eye-emoji-worthy buffet to wow your hungry guests.


Third, a classic take on a classic side dish: pasta salad.

Light pasta salad with a delish vinaigrette dressing is the ultimate compliment to any cookout dish. This confetti pasta salad recipe from blogger David features the perfect equation for noms: pasta + tomatoes, peppers, spinach, celery, dill, + feta and lemon dijon dressing = YUM. Hosts and guests can make this ahead of time and refrigerate until party time, or throw the dish together in less than 20 minutes. We’re sure this will get devoured.


And finally, a summery dessert: strawberry banana smoothie popsicles

Cue the “ooohs,” “ahhhhs,” and silent drools (that’s us). These refreshingly fruity pops from blogger Jazmin have only 3 ingredients (strawberries + bananas + coconut milk), and a couple of steps (slice + blend + pour + freeze). After dinner, as the sun sets, grab these out of the freezer and pass them  outamong friends. We imagine this will be especially good if you need a few minutes of silence…because no one will be speaking while savoring this smoothie pop.


Which of these treats will make you the showstopper at the next cookout? Let us know in the comments, and share your favorite recipes for summer parties, too!

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Yadiel Ortega

The Tostadas and the Strawberry Bannana smoothie popsicle looks very good. Looking forward to making this with my family!

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Laurie Kramer

Love the pasta salad recipe!

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Robin Hall

I’m so excited about these totally new (to me) recipes. Looks great.

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Pat

The pasta salad sounds yummy and easy, my favorite.

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Pat Anderson

Delicious pasta that is so easy to make. Yummy.

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marc

i like hotdogs

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Pat

Cant wait to try these recipes for the summer

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Sue huey

Refreshing fruity pops caught my eye. Perfect way for my kids to stay cool in the Arizona sun.

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Pauline Gorczycki

I’m missing two five dollar gift cards how can I go about getting it.

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Robin Detsch

Great ideas

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Laurie Miller

The tostados and strawberry banana pops look very tasty!!

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Judith Hewitt

I would like to make the pasta salad. I make a pasta dish that has pasta, salami, peas, green onion, sliced black olives with a ranch dressing.

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Carmen

Batido de fresa banana y leche de coco tremendo postre. Congelado mejor.

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Jazmin

These all look so yummy! Thanks for including my smoothie popsicles 🙂

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Michelle Baker

I would definitely try the smoothie pops. I also love to make angel food lush cake which is a big hit with everyone in the summertime. Very light, and it’s chilled, just makes a great dessert. I sometimes cut the cake into pieces and turn the cake into a trifle. You just need an angel food cake, very easy to make yourself, crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding mix, cool whip, and i use blueberries and strawberries. You can easily find the exact recipe online.

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Jenny Patrick

All of these recipes look great. I make the meat and cheese tray but didn’t know the fancy name for it.

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BG

Love the smoothie pops, we make all kinds of fruit ice pops. Throw any fruit into the blender with Greek yogurt and freeze!

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jennifer Baker

My next Cook-Out dish will probably be grilled shrimp maybe grilled shrimp with barbecue sauce or grilled garlic and lemon and butter on the grill and some prawns with some corn wrapped in foil with garlic and butter on it and some peppers wrapped up it with the corn and some grilled vegetables like peaches and watermelon wrapped up in foil as well it’s amazing

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Derrick Yarbrough

Everything looks great. I will make a few of these recipes soon!

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Jane Lasser

i would love to make the pops. Everyone loves fruit!

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marijo

Recipes look amazing and cannot wait to try

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Tamara Widener

Them popcicles!!!

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Judith Gustafson

All of them but really want (and will) make the fabulous dessert. In fact, I will make it today!

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Donna stewart

The salads and desserts looked really good.

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Tracy

Pasta Salad

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brandi

Those pops look sooo good! Gonna have to try those!!

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Kaysee

Will definitely be making the strawberry banana smoothie pops for my son if anything! He will love them!

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Natty

I love charcuterie but had no idea that’s what to call it and I thought i was a foodie!! Super cool article! Thanks!

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Lupita

I’ve made the pasta salad before but never with the feta I have always used parm. I will have to try it with the feta.

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Dana

Charcuterie, pasta salad, Popsicles who can choose, just take then all!

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cindy

love the smoothie pops and the light pasta salad cant wait to try

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Annie

These salads look great i am sure going to try out these delicious recipes

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Katie

Those smoothie pops look incredible! I can’t wait to try them to help beat this summer heat ☀️

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Felica Ansley

Looks So Refreshing

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