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Triple Bow Punch

Triple Bow Punch

Originally posted 05/16/2013 01:05PM

Stongbow Hard Cider isn't too sweet on its own, but when it's all dressed up with cucumber, strawberries and fresh mint – plus a little lime juice – it turns into the perfect warm-weather drink.

"Punches are easy to make for groups," mixologist Rob Krueger, of Brooklyn's Extra Fancy, says of his cool cocktail. "The Strongbow Hard Cider [in this recipe] gives it a dry, crisp, refreshing taste that’s good for summer parties."

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Green with Inn-vy Cocktail

Green with Inn-vy Cocktail

Originally posted 05/16/2013 12:00PM

Who needs red, white and blue on Memorial Day, when you can have a delicious green cocktail that's as revitalizing as a dip in a pool?

"It's great for summer," says mixologist Aisha Sharpe, who serves up cocktails at New York City's Nolita-based cocktail bar Mother's Ruin, of her Green with Inn-vy drink, "because it's a perfect combination of fruit with the melon, vegetables with the cucumbers and a refreshing taste of Inniskillin Vidal and mint to top off the drink."

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Paul Wahlberg's Patty Melt

Paul Wahlberg's Patty Melt

Originally posted 05/16/2013 12:00PM

Ready for flavor? Because Paul Wahlberg (yes, Mark's brother), says his cheesy patty melt is "wicked good" thanks to its "flavor combo."

The chef, owner of Boston eatery Wahlburgers, punches up his patties with a mayonnaise-mustard blend and flavorful dill pickles.

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Martha Stewart's Strawberry Icebox Pie | Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart's Strawberry Icebox Pie

Originally posted 05/16/2013 12:00PM

Talk about all-American: A strawberry and whipped cream pie created by Martha Stewart is just about as patriotic as one can get. And this icebox edition, from Stewart's book Pies & Tarts, is "simple enough for a weeknight" or "fancy enough for special events," she says.

Make sure to visit your local farmers' market for fresh berries, and save the prettiest ones for garnish!

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Trisha Yearwood's Summer Coleslaw | Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood's Summer Coleslaw

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

According to Trisha Yearwood, coleslaw recipes vary by region. "There are more varieties of coleslaw than there are shades of pink," she writes, jokingly.

The slimmed-down country star's favorite, though, comes from her mama, and instead of relying on sugar for sweetness, it uses salad pickles. "I think that lets the flavors of the carrots and cabbage shine through," she says.

Yearwood suggests making her dish the night before you serve it – "to let all the flavors meld together," she explains – and hopes it brings your family as many memories as it has hers.

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Angelo Sosa's Grilled Corn

Angelo Sosa's Grilled Corn

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

To chef Angelo Sosa, grilled corn is "the epitome of summer," he tells PEOPLE. His version is just that – buttery and salted – but with an Asian twist, the Top Chef alum's signature.

The recipe does call for Sriracha; If you can't find it in your local grocery store, you can order it online at Amazon.com.

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Katie Lee's Award-Winning Burgers | Katie Lee Joel

Katie Lee's Award-Winning Burgers

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:00AM

Katie Lee's burgers are so special that they have two names. The first, Logan County, for her home state of West Virginia, and the second, award-winning, because, well, they've been recognized for their yumminess!

The recipe is pretty straightforward (and doesn't require a grill), though some yellow onion and grilled bread put this all-American favorite over the edge.

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Al Roker's Pulled Pork Sammies | Al Roker

Al Roker's Pulled Pork Sammies

Originally posted 05/16/2013 10:00AM

When Al Roker was cooking up a storm at the 2012 South Beach Food and Wine Festival, he found that his pulled pork was super-popular with diners. The Today weatherman's favorite way to serve it? "With collard greens, cornbread and coleslaw," he tells PEOPLE.

If you don't have all the savory sides, you can still slow-cook a batch of Roker's delicious dish. Just be sure to give yourself some time!

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How Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day: Grilling (Not Sleeping) | Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day Grilling (Not Sleeping)

Originally posted 05/28/2012 12:45PM

So much for a lazy summer day.

While marking Memorial Day (and the unofficial start of the season!) with her son, Felix, Elizabeth Banks wasn't taking advantage of her time off.

"Doesn't my kid realize it's a holiday and he can sleep in?" the Hunger Games actress, 38, who welcomed her little one in 2011 via a surrogate, Tweeted Monday. "Dude, it's Memorial Day. Chill out and re-laxxxx. #babies."

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Anything on a Stick! And More Fun Celeb Chef Tips for Memorial Day Eats

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Memorial Day: Cat Cora, Padma Lakshmi Share Healthy Eating Tips for Summer

Originally posted 05/28/2012 08:30AM

Memorial Day marks the start of the summer grilling season, and what better way to spend the holiday that with your family and friends – outside.

Celebrity chef Cat Cora – and star Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates – says including your children in your meal planning can lead to fun and, most importantly, healthy dining experiences.

In Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living from America's Best Chefs, by PEOPLE senior editor Allison Adato, Cora is just one of many celebrity chefs (including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless) with nutritious tips to share.

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