Great potato salad all about how, when you season it

This June 1, 2015 photo in Condord, N.H., shows potato salad made with basil mayonnaise and seasoned with vinegar and salt. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

I’m not a fan of potato salad that tastes like a bunch of spuds smothered in mayo. I want more. At the very least, I want to taste the potatoes. Trouble is, potatoes are pretty bland if not properly seasoned. They also need to be seasoned at the right moment during the cooking process. Here’s how to make that happen.

Classic macaroni salad, not updated even a little

We reached all the way back to the “Mad Men” era for inspiration as we crafted this classic July Fourth side dish. It’s macaroni salad in all its tangy, comfortingly mayonnaise-rich, decades-ago glory. This is pasta salad as your parents — or more likely your grandparents — remember it. You won’t be able to stop shoveling it onto your plate.

Learn to master grilling veggies you’d normally roast

This June 8, 2015 photo shows grilled vegetables with tahini sauce and spicy panko in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

I love grilling vegetables because doing so concentrates their natural sugars and amps up their flavor. During the summer, the usual suspects are zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and corn. They’re all delicious this way and — Bonus! — they all become tender in an agreeably short amount of time.

Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

FILE - In this March 5, 2013 file photo, Martha Stewart arrives to court in New York. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. has signed a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands Group Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million, according to a statement released Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart single-handedly changed the game for home decorating and cooking in the late 1990s, becoming the “it” designer for all things domestic.

Time to enjoy the classic fried fish sandwich of summer

This June 8, 2015, photo shows pan fried po'boys in Concord, NH. this versatile and crazy delicious poboy that fries up on the stovetop in a flash. This versatile and crazy delicious poboy fries up on the stovetop in a flash.(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Need a break from the grill? Probably not, but it’s still good to remember that there are classic summer foods that don’t need an open flame to be delicious.

Shrimp and quinoa combine for easy, robust summer salad

This June 1, 2015, photo shows quinoa shrimp salad with avocado and pomegranate molasses in Concord, N.H. This recipe features ingredients that pack big, bold and filling flavor, without requiring a whole lot of time or labor. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The secret to a hearty summer dinner salad? You’ve got to stick with ingredients that come together in little time.

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