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Devan Grimsrud

Managing Editor at Kitchen Stories

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No matter where you spent it, one thing’s for sure: the summer of 2020 will go down in history as a time of upheaval, when the world was put through a crisis and (one can only hope) came out better on the other side. The global pandemic forced many of us to spend our spring—a time typically filled with chilly morning walks and watching plants shake off winter and begin to bloom—indoors, isolating from others and adjusting to our “new normal.” There were things to keep us occupied of course, from Netflix’s Tiger King to the yeast and flour shortages that had just about everyone (myself included) hopping on the sourdough train.

While many lighthearted moments were shared and acts of kindness from afar were helping communities around the globe, this spring and summer were also filled with darkness, intense struggles, and pain for many of us. But in those times of sadness and despair, food can provide comfort like nothing else can. Whether it takes the form of a slice of seasonal streusel cake or a hearty scoop of rich and creamy potato gratin, we know that food is not just fuel—it can mean so much more.

In light of this moment, we wanted to highlight some of our most-cooked recipes of the summer—ones we’re likely never to forget.

German rhubarb streusel sheet cake

German rhubarb streusel sheet cake

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Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

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5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

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Rigatoni with broccoli and sausage

Rigatoni with broccoli and sausage

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Buttery chicken and tomato pasta

Buttery chicken and tomato pasta

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Cobb salad

Cobb salad

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Loaded smashed potatoes

Loaded smashed potatoes

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Creamy turkey and bell pepper over rice

Creamy turkey and bell pepper over rice

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Internet-famous frothy Dalgona coffee

Internet-famous frothy Dalgona coffee

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Make sticky cinnamon buns with Ruby

Make sticky cinnamon buns with Ruby

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Reverse puff pastry veggie pizza

Reverse puff pastry veggie pizza

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5-ingredient one-pan tomato braised cod

5-ingredient one-pan tomato braised cod

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5-ingredient stewed white beans and zucchini

5-ingredient stewed white beans and zucchini

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Make no-knead bread with Christian

Make no-knead bread with Christian

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One-skillet steak and asparagus with creamy tarragon sauce

One-skillet steak and asparagus with creamy tarragon sauce

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Gingered strawberry-rhubarb pie with crumb topping

Gingered strawberry-rhubarb pie with crumb topping

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Roasted white asparagus with spring vegetables

Roasted white asparagus with spring vegetables

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Zero waste roast chicken

Zero waste roast chicken

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Meatless meatballs with tomato sauce

Meatless meatballs with tomato sauce

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One-pan crispy chicken and eggplant stew

One-pan crispy chicken and eggplant stew

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Vegan mac and cheese

Vegan mac and cheese

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BLT pasta

BLT pasta

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5-ingredient lemony chickpea and tahini tagliatelle

5-ingredient lemony chickpea and tahini tagliatelle

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Summer tagliatelle with zucchini and lemony breadcrumbs

Summer tagliatelle with zucchini and lemony breadcrumbs

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Pasta salad with roasted corn and basil dressing

Pasta salad with roasted corn and basil dressing

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Which recipes have you relied on throughout this unprecedented summer? Let us know in the comments, or upload them to Kitchen Stories for the whole community to enjoy.

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