Halibut Fried Fish Sandwich

This April 6, 2017 photo shows a fried halibut fish sandwich in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder/Katie Workman via AP)

I love a deep-fried, puffy-battered fish sandwich, with a tempura-like coating, but I’m not doing that at home. That’s for an indulgent summer seafood shack lunch, or if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in a British pub.

A rose may be a rose, but varieties vary

This undated photo shows blossoms of Strawberry Hill rose in New Paltz, N.Y. From breeder David Austin comes Strawberry Hill rose, which is one of many modern shrub roses that captures the look and fragrance of old-fashioned roses with today's sought-after repeat-blooming and disease resistance. (Lee Reich via AP)

Seeing gardens awash in rose blossoms this time of year is undoubtedly what prompted my sister-in-law to call me for suggestions on what roses to plant. We’ll see if she can sustain her enthusiasm until early fall or spring, either of which would be better times for planting.

Keep cool with fresh fruit blended with ice

This June 19, 2017 photo shows glasses of icy agua fresca in Coronado, Calif. This dish is by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Balmy weather calls for ice-cold sweet treats; fruity drinks are a natural part of the summertime poolside landscape. But those drinks are often loaded with sugar, boasting 40 or more grams in even a reasonably-sized drink.

Greek Tabbouleh Salad

This August 2015 photo shows a Greek tabbouleh salad in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Todd Coleman via AP)

This is a Mediterranean twist on a classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad, with very approachable flavors. It can be served as a side dish or a main course, and even as part of a creative appetizer or meze spread.

Meat and potatoes can be made healthier as a dinner salad

This June 12, 2017 photo shows a meat and potatoes steakhouse salad in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Generations of Americans have grown up heralding meat and potatoes as the classic dinner of choice. Who doesn’t love the taste of that time-honored combination, filling our bellies with the comfort of a juicy, fatty steak and fluffy, carby spuds? Just thinking about it is enough to make us pine for the 1950s when this was considered a healthy meal.

Serve Salmon with Pepperoncini Lemon Sauce

This May 30, 2017 photo shows salmon with crispy skin and pepperoncini lemon sauce in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Throughout New England, the traditional entree of choice for dinner on the Fourth of July was salmon served with a side of peas. This happy pairing capitalized on the region’s seasonal bounty — it just so happened that the salmon were running and fresh peas were at their peak at the very moment America paused to celebrate its birthday.

Kitchen backsplashes get sleeker

This undated photo provided by interior designer Jenny Kirschner shows a kitchen designed by Kirschner. Kirschner used a sleek and surprisingly affordable Ann Sacks ceramic mosaic tile to give this kitchen backsplash a simple and timeless beauty. (Izik Mishan/Jenny Kirschner via AP)

The kitchen backsplash — that surface behind the stovetop or sink that protects the wall from damage during cooking and dishwashing — has long been used to add color and beauty to an otherwise utilitarian space.

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