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The Simple Life

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The Simple Life
Recipes and Food Styling by Lauren Utvich | Photos by Andrew Cebulka | Prop Styling by Angela Hall

August means never having to turn on the oven. Enter our easy dinner plan to beat the heat and impress your friends

Shrimp Dip

Briny and creamy with a light bite from the scallions, this addictive shrimp dip deserves a spot in your fridge all summer long.

Smoked Trout Dip

Don’t even think about using low-fat sour cream—only the full-fat variety will do.

Fancy Saltines

If you don’t already keep saltines in your pantry, you will after making this dressed-up version.

Peaches and Country Ham

Move over melon and prosciutto, peaches and country ham are the Southern version of the classic Italian snack. Ask your butcher to slice the ham as thinly as possible.

Grilled Tomato Toast 

Beautiful summer tomatoes need little more than a sprinkle of salt to shine, but they’re irresistible tossed with fresh basil and piled atop grilled bread.

Grilled Ribeye with Chimichurri

Remove steaks from the fridge about 30 minutes before grilling to bring to room temperature. Leftover chimichurri keeps in the fridge for three days and goes well with anything you throw on the grill, such as fish or vegetables.

Blackberry Jam Icebox Cake

Light, tangy, sweet, crunchy, and salty, this “cake” is everything you want in a summer dessert.