Spring is here for a little while longer, but all Texans know that our summer heat starts by the end of May. Nestled between the rumbles of spring thunderstorms, you’ll get muggy mornings and downright hot afternoons before June even rolls around.
Why not cool off at home with a few of our favorite summery recipes straight from the SampleHouse cookbook? Filled with fresh, light warm-weather flavors, these recipes will send your tastebuds straight to the beach.
Tangy and tart with no hot oven in sight, this lemon mousse is the perfect spring and summer treat. The best part? You probably already have all the ingredients on hand. With just a single bowl and a few hours in the refrigerator, this recipe delivers all the fun of summer without any of the work. Take one to the family barbecue, birthday parties or even just to brighten up the break room fridge — it’s that good. Or just keep it all to yourself and enjoy some by the pool. Get the recipe here.
Perfect Mai Tais
Speaking of the pool, an afternoon in a chaise lounge under the sun calls for the perfect Mai Tai. Sweet and strong, this Mai Tai is easy to make in large batches for parties and somehow tastes even better when paired with a plate full of fish tacos. Top with a pineapple wedge and a little umbrella for guests, or just stick a few straws in the jug. We won’t tell. Get the recipe here.
If you’re hosting a barbecue or attending one this summer, check out any one (or all) of these seriously smoky and oh-so-Texas barbecue recipes. From classic pulled pork to spicy baked beans and savory German potato salad, our collection of barbecue recipes can help you master the main course or be the side dish superhero. Just don’t forget to pick up one of our signature Texas-themed serving bowls, utensils or platters to make your dish perfectly Texan. Get the recipes here.
Let kids and adults share the fun this summer with a few of our favorite popsicle recipes. For the little ones, make a batch of fudge pops for a birthday party or a slew of firecracker popsicles for Independence Day. For adults, throw a batch of Perfect Mai Tais in some popsicle molds or try your hand at some cold cucumber margarita honeydew popsicles. Get all the popsicle recipes we love here.
Keep things light on calories and full of flavor with this crunchy and cold summer salad, which makes the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful piece of fish or grilled chicken breast. This salad is easy to throw together and will quickly become your go-to on those hot, busy weeknights when turning on the stove is simply out of the question. Get the recipe here.