Bucket List: 20 Foods to Eat Before Summer Ends

Bucket List: 20 Foods to Eat Before Summer Ends
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Bucket List: 20 Foods to Eat Before Summer Ends

Check out 20 foods to eat before the end of summer!

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Corn on the Cob

Freshly husked, smeared with butter and sprinkled with salt is perfection on its own, but before the summer ends you need to try Elote which is Mexican street corn. Traditionally it's smeared with mayonnaise, sprinkled with Cotija cheese, and dusted with Ancho chile powder, and it's heavenly.

Try this Corn on the Cob with Curry Mayonnaise and Chile Salt.

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Fish Ceviche

Light and refreshing, this is a go-to summer appetizer. This popular South American dish can be prepared in a variety of ways but is usually made with a white fish.

If you want to make it at home, try this Scallop Mango Ceviche or Yellowtail Ceviche.

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Drunken Watermelon

Cut a hole in the top of the watermelon the same size as your vodka bottle top, place the bottle opening in the hole, then turn upside down and let the bottle empty it's contents into the melon. Refrigerate for at least an hour and it will be ready to go.

For other ways to use watermelon before summer ends, try this Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint or Watermelon Gin Fizz.

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Roadside Hot Dog

Your summer road trip will be a lot better if you stop for a roadside diner hot dog. Top it with mustard, chili, pickles, hot sauce, whatever -- just do it for the experience. (If you're not planning a road trip, pretend with a street dog!)

Making hot dogs at home? Get creative with your frank with these 13 Incredible Hot Dog Toppings.

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Ice Cream Cone

Ice cream is good all of the time, but it's even better in the summer when the weather is hot. Once you get your cone, we suggest stepping out into the sunshine for maximum enjoyment.

If you want to make it at home, try this Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream.

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Barbecued Ribs

A rack of ribs is the holy grail of backyard barbecue foods. So how should you eat them? We suggest leaving your table manners inside and doing it the ol' American way: with your hands.

Fire up your grill and try this Grilled Short Ribs with Smoky Blackberry BBQ Sauce or our Smoky Beef Ribs with Sriracha BBQ Beer Sauce.

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Caprese Salad

This is one of the most simple yet delicious salads, and there is no other time of year when you will find tomatoes this sweet. Take advantage of the season's produce and make a killer caprese salad with lots of basil and moist mozzarella. Yum!

Try this Caprese Salad recipe.

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Campfire S'mores

Spend at least one night this summer roasting marshmallows around a campfire, because what's a summer without a gooey chocolate-y s'more?

You're probably familiar with how to make a classic s'more, but if you want to get creative try these Banana Nutella S'mores, or learn how to Roast a S'more in a Mason Jar.

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A Fruity Cocktail

Find a rooftop, or a balcony, or even a lawn chair, and soak up that sunset with a refreshing, fruity adult beverage.

Try this Watermelon Gin Fizz.

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Clam Bake

It's a New England tradition but it should be enjoyed by everyone. On America's Northeastern beaches, it involves digging a hole, lining it with rocks, and baking the clams on a bed of seaweed. But if you can find a grill (or even a stovetop), you can have a clam bake just about anywhere!

For other clam recipes, try these Clams Broiled with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan or Clams and Beans.

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Epic Burger

With all of the barbecues a burger isn't hard to come by in the summer, but why not try making a burger everyone will remember at your next backyard shindig? Your guests will be impressed.

For some fresh spins on the classic, try these Chianti Burgers with Caramelized Onions or Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers.

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Perfect Picnic

Has anyone ever asked you to go on a picnic in the middle of December? We didn't think so. Grab a blanket, a nice bottle of rosé, and pack some Focaccia Reubens, Marinated Olives and Feta, Orzo Salad, and Rocky Road Brownies, because you only want to eat the best on your picnic!

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Italian Ice or Snow Cone Stand

For some, the quintessential summer treat is Italian ice. For others, it's a snow cone. So take your pick! The difference? Italian ice is made by churning the fruit juice with the ice, and snow cones just get the flavoring poured over top.

You can even make a version at home with this Watermelon Slush.

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Farmer's Market Vegetables

Get 'em while they're fresh. Zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, corn, green beans, and peas are just a few of the vegetables you'll want to get before summer ends! The possibilities to prepare these are endless.

You can try a Summer Market Salad, Summer Vegetable Crepes, or Tilapia and Summer Veggie Packets.

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Low-Country Boil

Not to be confused with the New England clam bake, a low-country bowl is the South's version of a a seafood feast. Shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes, and Old Bay are staples, but feel free to add crawfish and crab legs into the mix!

Try this Peel and Eat Shrimp or these Cajun Crab Croquettes.

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Chilled Glass of Rosé

This one is probably a given, but if you haven't sipped on a glass of crisp wine this summer, do it! If you've never been a fan of rosé, drink it on a summer evening and we guarantee you will change your mind!

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Get your hands on a frozen popsicle before the summer ends. If you really want a throwback experience, chase after the ice cream truck and score one of those fun cartoon character pops!

Or if you're feeling adventurous, try Chunky Peach Pops or Chocolate-Raspberry Yogurt Pops at home.

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A Seasonal Brew

Check this one off the list at your local brewery. Most breweries will have a summer ale that is light and refreshing.

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A Funnel Cake

If you are heading to a summer fair, don't leave without tasting this delectable concoction of fried cake batter and powdered sugar!

No summer fair? No problem, you can make it at home with this Funnel Cake recipe.

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Lobster Roll

The best are those made with sweet claw and knuckle meat, with a modest smear of mayo and a sprinkle of lemon butter. Make sure you do your research on this one because not all lobster rolls are created equal!

Try this Homemade Hot Buttery Lobster Roll.

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Everyone has a summer bucket list, but what everyone should have is a summer food bucket list. A food bucket list consists all of the culinary items and experiences that you and your taste buds deserve to indulge in before the leaves turn and the tan lines fade.

While some of these items are perfectly accessible in Fall, Winter, and Spring, they probably won't be as enjoyable then. Who wants to slurp down a snow cone when it's snowing? Sip fruity cocktails over a crackling fire? Swap out the Thanksgiving turkey for a hot dog platter? You get the point. Certain foods go with certain seasons.

So put down whatever you are eating, and pick up these quintessential summer foods because the clock is ticking and you need to make your meals count. We hope you have an appetite because you simply cannot wait till next summer for these!

Check out the the slideshow above for 20 quintessential summer foods that need to be on your bucket list!

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