Cooking Channel’s Summer Bucket List

Cooking Channel Summer Bucket List

Cooking Channel's staff share the dishes on their Summer Bucket List.

We can’t help it: Cooking Channel’s staff is experiencing serious end-of-summer denial. Before we sing so long to summer, we’re reminded of the fantastic summer we’ve had — and the few things summer won’t be complete without accomplishing. And since we’re Cooking Channel, can you blame us for focusing our Summer Bucket List on summer’s most iconic dishes?

Good news:  There’s still just enough time left to knock these items off your Summer Bucket List, and we’ve got the perfect recipes to help you do it.

Heirloom Tomatoes
Editor Mandy can’t get enough of this season’s bounty of heirloom tomatoes. The sweet yellow varietals are her fave. Try mixing different types together and add sweet watermelon and salty feta for a summery spin on classic tomato salad. Get our list of Summer’s Best Farmers Market Finds for more inspiration.

Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Once you go heirloom, you'll never go back.

Lindsay, our Editor, is a self proclaimed peach-a-holic. And what better way to enjoy summer’s sweetest stone fruits than baking them into a warm, cream biscuit-topped cobbler? (Finished with a scoop of the best vanilla ice cream, of course.)

Nealy’s Southern Peach Cobbler

Nealy's Southern Peach Cobbler

Honey is the perfect sweetener for this summertime dessert. Nealy reminds us that "everyone knows a cobbler isn't a cobbler without creamy vanilla ice cream."

Cameron, Editor and lover of all things summer, was determined to boil her own lobsters this summer…and she’s done it! “It was traumatic – there was a point where I thought the lobsters might live in my apartment indefinitely.” Yikes. Perhaps next time she’ll shell out for de-shelled lobster at the seafood market and toss with fresh fettuccine to make this simple summer dinner.

Chuck’s Lobster Fettuccine Recipe

Chuck's Lobster Fettuccine

Green peas and chives add freshness to this perfect summer meal.

Grilled Meat
Roberto, our Photo Editor and cocktail enthusiast,  is a big beer lover and a grilling fiend. He’s planning on combining his passions this Labor Day Weekend. WATCH: Beer Can Chicken How-To.

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer Can Chicken recipe

Protein + Grill + Beer = Summer

Editor Michelle thinks it just wouldn’t be summer without gazpacho, and I don’t blame her. Gazpacho is arguably the freshest and lightest way to utilize summer produce. While gazpacho is a perfect weeknight meal, the addition of one secret ingredient to this special recipe makes this soup perfect for this weekend’s festivities: vodka.

Watermelon Vodka Gazpacho

Watermelon Vodka Gazpacho Recipe

Weeknight summer soup + booze = Labor Day party soup.

Funnel Cake
Bridget, our Production Manager,  knows the summer would not be complete without the sweet king of the boardwalk, funnel cake. Head to the boardwalk in Bridget’s home state of Jersey, or check out this recipe you can make yourself this weekend, to the delight of the child in everyone and the chagrin of your soon-to-be powdered sugar covered outfit.’s Fair Funnel Cake Recipe

Funnel Cake Recipe

Get ready to be covered in a dusting of powdered sugar glory. So worth it.

Potato Salad
Iowa native and Site Manager Alison refuses to let summer go by without having her grandmother’s famous German Potato Salad. But since Alison’s nana in Iowa might not be able to accommodate all of our requests, we’ve got incredible potato salad recipes perfect for your summer picnic.

Our Best Potato and Pasta Salad Recipes

Potato and Pasta Salad Recipes

Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. Need we say more?


Homemade Hand-Churned Ice Cream
After one last lobster-roll-and-steamers marathon, Maine native and Site Director Mark is craving hand-churned homemade ice cream to cap off his summer. If you share his enthusiasm for homemade frozen desserts (and you should), try this recipe for a vanilla bean ice cream base with plentiful mix-ins from Zoe Francois (who doesn’t mess around when it comes to sweets). BONUS: No ice cream maker is required.

How To Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Base

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Base

Homemade beats your grocer's freezer aisle every time.

Lobster Roll (aka Prelude to Ice Cream)

Ben's Lobster Roll Recipe

Fresh lobster needs little else but a perfectly toasted bun and plenty of melted butter.

Site Manager Mike would like to squeeze in “4 to 30 more milkshakes before the vernal equinox. I’ve definitely had a few this summer but there are so many flavor combinations I have yet to try.” I wonder if he’s tried salted caramel or any of our Best Shakes and Smoothies Recipes.

Salted Caramel Milkshake

Salted Caramel Milkshake

Kelsey's Salted Caramel Milkshake is not for amateurs.

Editor Sara is hell-bent on trying pop-bar‘s popGelato pops, and who could blame her? She seems extra jazzed about the chocolate dipped option, but since she’s a pro in the kitchen, I think she should whip up a batch of these:

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Pops

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Pops

Make these easy frozen confections and floor everyone - yourself included.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
For me, the ice cream cookie sandwich, a.k.a. chipwich, is the pinnacle of summertime food perfection. Let’s break it down: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chewy, slightly under-baked, heavy-on-the-brown-sugar chocolate chip cookies. And while we’re at it, why not add some candied bacon, sea salt and brown butter?

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Brown Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich

Brown Butter and Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich


What’s on your Summer Bucket List?