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Get Bowled Over by These Spiked-Punch Recipes

We’re in peak grillin’ and chillin’ season, and the best way to get a party started is with an abundance of booze. Go ahead and spike the punch. It’s perfectly acceptable at an end-of-summer party — unlike when you’re at prom. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spiked-punch recipes.

Try the Sunrise Punch (pictured above) — a rum-based drink that is slightly creamy from coconut milk and stays ice-cold thanks to frozen pineapple and strawberries — and get more ideas for your party with our collections of fruity alcoholic drinks and our best summer cocktails.

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5 Peachy-Keen Savory Summer Dishes

When you have an overabundance of fresh peaches and are suffering from peach cobbler fatigue, try taking the juicy fruit for a walk on the savory side. One of our favorite easy summer dinner ideas is Michael Symon’s Peach and Blue Cheese Salad, aka grilled peaches, peppery arugula and pungent blue cheese served atop a big ol’ grilled steak.

Check out four more peachy ideas below.

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How to Make Pok Pok’s Kai Yaang, the Ultimate Roast Chicken

Chicken doesn’t have to be boring, and Pok Pok’s chef, Andy Ricker, proves that with his cult-favorite dish, Kai Yaang. A whole roasted chicken is brined, stuffed with Thai aromatics like lemongrass, garlic and cilantro, then marinated in soy and fish sauces and basted with shallot oil and honey to ensure maximum flavor.

If you can’t get to Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon, or its outposts in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, you can check out Ricker’s recipe for Kai Yaang here. Then watch him make it with Man Fire Food host Roger Mooking on Tuesday, August 16 at 9pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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Praise Caprese with 6 Twists on Tomato Salad

An easy way to add Italian flair to your next shindig is with vibrant red, white and green food. Transform classic caprese salad  — aka layers of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil — into bite-sized Caprese Salad Skewers (pictured above), sliders, fruit-and-cheese plum caprese and more.

Check out five more of our favorite inventive versions of caprese below.

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Pesto, Change-o: 5 Recipes to Use Up Leftover Basil

When you’re short on time but need to add a punch of flavor, turn to one of our favorite condiments: pesto. The versatile, herbaceous sauce can be spread on sandwiches, tossed with pasta or used to marinate meat. It’s also great for using bunches of leftover basil and other herbs you have sitting around.

Find out how your favorite chefs make pesto with six of our favorite recipes, including Kelsey Nixon’s Every Herb Pesto (pictured above) — mint, tarragon and basil — perfect for topping crunchy crostini.

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6 Sweet Ways to Booze Up Your Watermelon

This summer, be a melon baller by adding booze to your watermelon. Sip on a Watermelon Martini (pictured above) — made with freshly pureed watermelon cubes and melon liqueur — or try one of the other refreshing recipes below.

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Fire Up the Grill for a Mexican Grilled Corn Fiesta

Grilled corn is great — sweet, juicy and crunchy — but Mexican corn is a-maize-ing. Unique flavor combinations like lime butter, queso fresco and a kick of cayenne pepper (pictured above) elevate classic grilled corn on the cob into summer must-haves. Check out more corny recipes below.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Seconds with 4 Microwave Desserts

It’s too hot to turn on the oven, so give your microwave some lovin’. In mere minutes, you can dig into delicious desserts such as Michael Symon’s three-minute chocolate cupcakes (pictured above). Check out three more easy microwave recipes below.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese on the Food’s Greatest Hits Premiere

If you are always looking for new ways to incorporate cheese into meals, let Food’s Greatest Hits give you some fresh ideas. On the premiere of Cooking Channel’s new show, comfort foods are transformed into wacky creations. You’ll get to watch brave volunteers captured on camera as they try remixes like triple-decker breakfast grilled cheese and shrimp-topped savory cheesecake. You’ll also see some familiar faces — like Haylie Duff, Rev Run and Justine Simmons, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, and others — providing commentary about cheese’s rich history and ways you can use it.

If you missed the first episode, check it out in all its cheesy glory below, and watch more of the wacky remixed food on Food’s Greatest Hits every Monday at 10 and 10:30pm ET.

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Call On These 5 Dishes for Your Ghostbusters Party

Strap on your Proton Pack and get ready to extinguish some Ghostbusters-themed appetizers. Ahead of the new movie’s release, we have compiled drinks and dishes inspired by ghoulish villains and ghostbusters alike from the 1984 original and the 2016 reboot. Whether you’re hosting a viewing party of the old-school flick or kicking back at the theater with some snacks in your bag, we’ve got you covered.

For starters, drink some refreshing Mean Green Cucumber Juice (pictured above) that looks just like Slimer, and check out more ideas below.

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