7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert

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  • August 11, 2020

With all that is going on in the world, we are cooking at home more than ever. Finding ways to relax and keep everyone entertained doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple things like a BBQ or movie night gives adults and kid something fun to look forward too, quarantine or not.  

From fragrant Greek Olive Oil to Cookie Dough Ice Cream bites, here are 7 New Summer Food Ideas from Ingredients to Dessert to enjoy. 

7 summer food items from ingredients to dessert

New Summer Food Ideas from Greece

We may not be able to travel to Greece right now but Chef Pano Karatassos is bringing the taste of Greek dishes to home cooks with his collection of classic ingredients. Inspired by his grandmother who taught him the fundamentals of Greek cuisine, Chef Pano traveled throughout Greece to source each product. As Executive Chef of Atlanta’s acclaimed Kyma restaurant, Chef Pano has multiple notable accomplishments to his name including the publication of his debut cookbook, Modern Green Cooking, and defeating Bobby Flay on The Food Network show, Beat Bobby Flay. 

chef pano olive oil new summer food ideasThe basis of so many dishes is this Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete. The flavors are robust and fruity, great in vinaigrettes and used as the finishing touch in many recipes.  Considered to be one of the best in the Mediterranean, Chef Pano’s olive oil is “cold pressed” meaning the olives never exceed a certain temperature during the entire pressing process – around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keeping the olives cooler ensures maximum quality.

Try drizzling your Greek yogurt with this Greek Forest Honey from Mount Olympus – Deeply sweet with malty notes & a dark amber color, the Oak Tree Raw honeydew honey is produced in Greece by artisan bee-keeper, Alexandros Gousiaris. Oak tree honey has a complex taste and is less sweet compared to nectar honeys. Top manouri cheese or simply spread the honey on a warm slice of sourdough to enjoy its sweetness.


The sweetness of Greek Wild Thyme Honey drizzled on Greek donuts called Loukomades. How delicious does that sound?! An exceptional honey harvested from wild thyme, which grows on the dry rocky slopes of the Aegean Islands. Thyme Honey is renowned for its intense, spicy aroma and herbal, savory flavor. Pair with Greek yogurt to bring the creamy and herbal, savory flavors together.


Just Add Beer Sauce & Marinade Mix™

Grilling season is in full force and creating the most flavorful dishes in your unspoken competition with your siblings is one of the many reasons why you need to try Just Add Beer Sauce & Marinade Mix™. It is the only sauce created to mix with your favorite beers. It’s a truly unique gourmet, customizable-condiment and sauce on the market where the flavor of the beer influences the flavor of the sauce creating a new mouth adventure every time. Made with umami-rich ingredients like kombu, tomatoes, and miso — Just Add Beer Sauce & Marinade Mix™ magically mixes with the flavors in beer to create unique, mouth-watering sauces for easy, memorable meals.

These all-natural sauces are vegan, with gluten-free options and no high-fructose corn syrup. Made with global flavors, JAB Sauce & Marinade Mix is fantastic for grilling everything from steak to veggies and everything in between. It can also be used to make next-level dips and marinades for backyard BBQs.

Available in 3 flavors: Japanese Miso BBQ, Mexican Tres Chiles, and Szechuan Black Vinegar. Choose your favorite flavors here.

New Summer Food Ideas for Entertaining

Quinn Movie Night Popcorn Box

popcorn new summer food ideas

Make staying home an experience to look forward too with an evening of fresh popcorn and family fun thanks to Quinn Movie Night Popcorn Box. 

Quinn Movie Night Popcorn Box is a treasure chest of several flavors with activities and games printed right on the recyclable box, perfect for summer movie night with family and friends. The non-GMO organic kernels come in a patented PURE POP® bag made of compostable paper, free of chemicals, plastic and heat conducting susceptors, made with only REAL ingredients.  The patented revolutionary PURE POP® bag sets them apart from other microwave popcorn, as it is the first and ONLY microwave popcorn bag to be completely stripped of all PFOA’s, PFC’s and plastic coatings, and made with compostable paper. Not only did Quinn clean up the bag, but they cleaned up the ingredient list by using organic corn kernels, high oleic sunflower oil, and only REAL ingredients.  It can also be popped in a popper or on stove top!

This treasure chest contains 9 bags of delicious popcorn, and 9 packets of oil and seasoning (3 packets each of Real Butter & Sea Salt, Aged Parmesan & Rosemary, and White Cheddar & Sea Salt).

Now you can look forward to a movie watching marathon with homemade popcorn! Order your popcorn box now


Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese

beer cheese new summer food ideas

Wine pairings are a given. Let’s not leave out beer and cheese as perfectly aligned flavor profiles though. Thanks to Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese, you can have them both in one delicious product. You are undoubtably familiar with this Kentucky staple, as it was developed over a half a century ago. Hall’s is a favorite of the famous and infamous and is enjoyed by royalty to real folks and everyone in between. Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese, made with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and a bit of spice, is savored as a simple appetizer or as an ingredient in numerous recipes.   

Try all three of the varieties: Benedictine Cheese Spread, Hot-n-Snappy Beer Cheese, Original Snappy Beer Cheese here


SkinnyDipped Almonds: Lemon Bliss

lemon almonds new summer food ideasWhen a craving hits and you can’t decide if you want sweet or salty, then you need to try these SkinnyDipped Lemon Bliss Almonds.  These creamy yogurt-coated almonds have a bright lemon flavor with just the right amount of sweet-tart. These unique, thinly-dipped nuts have more nut than yogurt and more protein that conventional covered nuts. They are low sugar, Non-GMO and gluten-free. The perfect better-for-you summer treat any time of day.

Available on Amazon, SkinnyDipped.com and in retailers like Target, Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods and Albertson’s.


New Summer Dessert Ideas

Bubbies Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites

bubbies ice cream new summer food ideas

You may know Bubbies for their delicious Mochi treats. But you need to know that they’ve just launched their Bubbies Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites. Each bite delivers rich and creamy super-premium ice cream, wrapped in mouthwatering cookie dough. Available in 4 scrumptious varieties including Brownie Batter, Strawberry Sugar Cookie, Birthday Cake, and Vanilla Chocolate Chip. These perfectly portioned treats are gluten-free, Non-GMO and the perfect way to mindfully indulge in your favorite frozen treat. No spoon or bowl required.

Bubbies Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites are available at Sam’s Club, Wegmans and select stores like Target, Safeway, Albertson’s and HEB.


NEXT UP: 7 Summertime Spirits, Cocktails and Mocktails

Did you see the earlier posts in the summer food series:

6 Thirst Quenching Beverages to Stay Healthy and Hydrated this Summer

9 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

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