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A Tisket, A Tasket, 5 Recipes Fit For Your Labor Day Picnic Basket

Prepare for a lazy Labor Day picnic with a basket full of easy, portable snacks. Before you lay out your blanket at the park, make Instagram-ready Macaroni Icebox Salad — 16-ounce mason jars filled with refreshing ingredients — and the four more basket-worthy recipes 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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Add Asian Flair to Grilled Ribs with These 4 Recipes

Change up your grilling routine by trading barbecue sauce for soy sauce with these four flavorful Asian-inspired ribs recipes. Double up on Korean marinades, and make your own kimchi with Tyler Florence’s Bulgoki (pictured above), or spice things up with more ideas below.

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Meat Your Dream Burger with Our Grilling Personality Quiz

Devouring juicy burgers by the pool is living the dream, but picking which one to make isn’t. Match your foodie personality with our favorite burgers below and find out if you should grill up a classic burger (pictured above), a cheese-stuffed patty or some other befitting burg.

Want fries with that? Get our favorite french fry recipes, too.

For the Foodstagrammer

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Use Your Zoodle: 3 Italian-Inspired Squash Recipes

If you’re craving a hearty pasta but don’t want to weigh yourself down with a bowl of carbs, transform your favorite Italian dishes with spiralized zucchini noodles — aka zoodles — instead.

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5 Ways to Make Your Picnic Slawsome

Grab your picnic basket and cabbage of choice — it’s slaw season! Nothing is better than a refreshing salad on a summer day. Make an unbeetable slaw with roasted cumin seeds and cilantro dressing (picture above) or fire up the grill for slaw with a smoky kick.

Check out four more picnic picks below, which are just a handful of our favorite summer side dishes.

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Dig Into The Great American Food Feud with Animated BBQ Brawls

This summer, Brooklyn chef Shannon Ambrosio is taking on the best Southern pitmasters on Big Bad BBQ Brawl, but before we watch him battle ‘cue kings, there’s another food fight to check out.

Get a taste of the battles in The Great American Food Feud, Cooking Channel’s new animated shorts featuring actual BBQ brawls.

In the first episode, Texas BBQ Ribs have a bone to pick with the Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwich. Who will hosts Tom Mato and Grace Poupon announce as the winner of this sizzling fight? Watch below to find out.

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