If there were ever a glimmer of hope in the dog days of summer, stone fruits would be it. As you trudge through thick humidity and glaring sunlight, the thought of sweet peaches, pluots, nectarines, plums, even cherries—yes, cherries are also a stone fruit—waiting for you at home can inspire you to keep going.
Often, the best way to enjoy stone fruit is all by themselves, with the delicious juice dripping down your hands—or in desserts. But we also put them to use in cocktails, salads, and other savory dishes. We're bringing back 18 of our all-time favorite recipes that celebrate the summer harvest that the heat, however unbearable, brings: