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Tommy Bahama's Cajun Blackened Fish Tacos

Tommy Bahama's Cajun Blackened Fish Tacos

Originally posted 06/26/2013 05:20PM

When you're planning your summer barbecue menu, fish tacos might not be the first dish that comes to mind, but hear us out: These bite-sized starters from Tommy Bahama Manhattan Island's beachy kitchen are perfect backyard fare.

Filled with the sautéed fish of your choice – and topped with an aioli, pico de gallo and spicy Asian slaw – we guarantee they'll be gone before you can bring out your next course!

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Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Originally posted 06/26/2013 05:00PM

Nothing beats a cold glass of lemonade on a warm summer day – except for, maybe a cold glass of raspberry lemonade!

This sweet concoction is simple to whip up, and can be made without alcohol, too.

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Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Originally posted 06/26/2013 05:00PM

When Top Chef season one contestant Tiffani Faison was thinking of opening a restaurant, she realized she wanted a little taste of home. "My mother's from the south and a lot of this food we made at home, or she made at home," she tells PEOPLE. "It's black-eyed peas and collard greens, mac and cheese, fried chicken, that stuff."

That's the basis behind her potato salad, a savory side from her restaurant, Sweet Cheeks Q, that combines all the favorite fixings in one pretty dish. Whip it up for your own backyard bash, or score some points making it for a friend's fest!

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Emeril's Backyard Chicken

Emeril's Backyard Chicken

Originally posted 06/26/2013 05:00PM

To Emeril Lagasse, summer is all about firing up the grill and eating with friends and family. But the renowned chef has some words of caution for his fellow pitmasters. First, buy a meat thermometer. "It's the safest way" to tell if food is done, he tells PEOPLE.

Secondly? Don't marinade, but sauce. "I think people think that barbecue sauce is like a marinade," he says. "But it's really a sauce. People add the barbecue sauce way in advance, then they wonder why it's torched [on the grill.] The sugar molecules completely caramelize, and it turns into a mess." Follow his rules while making his chicken dish, below.

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Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger

Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger

Originally posted 06/26/2013 05:00PM

America's favorite barbecue food isn't always the healthiest: A juicy cheeseburger sitting on a bun with all the trimmings can set you back a lot of calories. But not this burger, from slimmed-down Food Network host Gina Neely (of Down Home with the Neelys), which is served on a lettuce leaf and uses lean ground beef.

If you're worried about how delicious your burger will taste, well, fear not, Nelly tells PEOPLE. "I've removed most of the carbs … but it doesn't sacrifice the burger flavor," she promises. We agree!

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Make Chef Simone Panella's Summer Pasta

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Chef Simone Panella's Pasta Alla Norma Recipe

Originally posted 06/16/2013 02:45PM

Want to dine like the stars? Chef Simone Panella from Brooklyn hot spot Antica Pesa – where the celeb clientele has included A-listers like Madonna, Michael Douglas and Tom Hardy – shares a summer pasta dish for you to wow your guests with.

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Treat Dad with the Pioneer Woman's Hearty Father's Day Fare

Ree Drummond's Hearty Father's Day Fare

Originally posted 06/16/2013 10:40AM

Dads work hard to keep us healthy and happy – so when Father's Day comes around, we owe them a little something extra. That's the thinking behind Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's menu, which features an appetizer, entrées, a side and dessert that will fill his belly – and warm his heart.

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Smashed Apple Cider BBQ Ribs

Smashed Apple Cider BBQ Ribs

Originally posted 06/14/2013 05:00PM

If you're at a summer barbecue, chances are you're eating ribs. But the ribs are only as good as the grill master, and Spike Mendelsohn – former Top Chef star and chef at D.C.'s Good Stuff Eatery – has one darn good recipe for his.

Mendelsohn recently partnered with Mike's Hard to create some summer recipes with the brand's new offerings, including his latest creation, Smashed Apple Cider ribs. Add some spices and a crisp apple slaw to these babies (er, baby backs) and you'll have guests asking for more.

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Jamie Deen's Chilly Banana Pudding

Jamie Deen's Chilly Banana Pudding

Originally posted 05/30/2013 03:00PM

If you're in the south, how do you finish a fabulous barbecue meal? If you're Jamie Deen, you whip up this banana pudding. "It's a classic southern dessert that we've served in our restaurant for 25 years," he tells PEOPLE. "It's simple, everybody likes it. It's great right out of the fridge."

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Jamie Deen's Herb-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Jamie Deen's Herb-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Originally posted 05/30/2013 03:00PM

There are several reasons Jamie Deen (yes, Paula's son), opts for pork over steak when barbecuing in summer. "Kids and adults like it," he tells PEOPLE. "It's been a super-easy go-to for me. It's versatile – some come pre-seasoned, or you can take the time to buy a raw one, make a rub and make it your own – and it's affordable."

Though Deen (who you can see on Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen on Sundays at 10 a.m. ET on Food Network) cautions that pork can dry out on the grill if you don’t keep an eye on it, with this juicy recipe, the chances of that happening are slim. He recommends letting your pork sit in the marinade overnight so it'll produce the "most succulent piece of meat imaginable" the next day – with a crisp, herby crust to boot.

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