Contributed By Marissa Bognanno, Professional Chef & Zumba Instructor, and Author of The Boot Blog

For me, the best thing about summer isn't going to the beach, or swimming in the ocean, or riding my bike outside, or catching fireflies. It's eating, preferably barefoot, the freshest bounties that summer has to offer. (A beer in hand is welcome also, duh.) Yes, it's those late-night, mosquito-invaded conversations over pie, and it's most definitely that feeling you get when you're full and happy and surrounded by everyone you love and the fire's roaring. Here are my top ten summer recipes of 2012 so you can cherish the tidbit of summer that's left.
1. Green Bean Salad
2. Nectarine Basil Sangria
3. Fresh Peach Crostata
4. Super Fast Guacamole
5. Easy Melon Italian Ice
6. Baked Zucchini Chips
7. Mediterranean Pasta Salad
8. Guide To Fresh Basil
9. Mango Soda
10. Lemon Zucchini Orzo

Now it's up to you, hit me with your favorite summer recipe of the year. Mine was definitely the zucchini chips! 

P.S. All of these recipes are vegetarian, except for the Mediterranean Pasta Salad which has some tuna that you could totally omit if you wanted. 

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