Despite instinct, dodging your stove area in the summer like a ball coming at your face is unwise—because some of the season’s best recipes require heat: a hot, hot oven. But don’t waste your time with just okay recipes that you sweat for: Save that sweat for the really good ones.
Here are 15 recipes that are really, really worth turning the oven on for, even on the hottest day of the year:
How far would you go for a damn fine piece of pie? Tell us in the comments.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).