For most Southerners, July is about one thing: letting freedom ring. This patriotic month is about celebrating summer in general, but especially the Fourth of July. Make things festive for the Fourth with our fruit-speckled, colorful desserts. It’s hard to choose between the five mouthwatering options, including a patriotic Cherry Flag Pie and refreshing Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake. Dive further into this balmy month with five flavorful salads that’ll fill you up and cool you down. No matter what you’re tossing on the grill, these salads will pair perfectly; and you’ll never go wrong with the Spicy Grilled Corn Salad that’s packed with fresh summer ingredients and finished with a spicy kick.
Sample a fried-and-true summer menu of you guessed it: fried catfish, Mississippi-style. Chef Nick Wallace gives every recipe you need for a finger lickin’ catfish fry with your family and friends, from his bright Watermelon Salad to his savory Cheddar-Caramelized Onion Bread to his signature Fried Delacata Catfish. Get your ballots ready—because we posed a big question this month concerning the classic Southern spread, pimiento cheese. What exactly goes into the best pimiento cheese? Whip up these four delicious variations of our basic pimiento cheese, infused with bold flavors like chipotle and horseradish, and see which twist wins out. It’s time to celebrate a month full of patriotism, porch parties, and pontoon floating.