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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:30 am | Updated: 1:18 am, Thu Apr 16, 2015.

After what seemed like an endless winter doesn’t a cookbook called Endless Summer sound really appealing right about now? Endless Summer is the new cookbook from Katie Lee who is one of the hosts of the Emmy-nominated cooking show The Kitchen on Food Network. Browse the pages of this cookbook and start thinking about burgers, hot dogs, desserts and fresh seasonal berries, as the days begin to get warmer and being outside is a pleasure.

In Endless Summer, you’ll find recipes for burgers topped with tomato, lettuce, bacon and a homemade ranch dressing, served on toasted buns. Also included is a recipe for hot dogs served like they are enjoyed in Lee’s native state of West Virginia. She stopped by the Rachael Ray show recently and made these hot dogs served with a warm chili spooned on top of the hot dog, with chopped onion, and a cool, crunchy cole slaw and yellow mustard. Take a look here for inspiration to start planning warm-weather meals with these chili-topped hot dogs.

You’ll also find recipes for grilled lamb chops and dessert ideas like a lightened-up lemon cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and berries.

Are you looking for ways to boost the meaty flavor in your hamburgers? Replace half the meat in your hamburger, meatball or taco recipe, with cooked button or cremini mushrooms. Mushrooms contain umami compounds which enhance the flavor of the meat. The ratio of meat and mushroom delivers a burger with fewer calories, less cholesterol and saturated fat. The addition of mushrooms helps keep a burger, meatball, or meat filling, from drying out and gives the meat a salty addition of flavor.

Read all about it in this piece from Stephanie Eckelkamp.

You can’t have a conversation about grilling without including an expert on the topic like Elizabeth Karmel and her site Girls at the Grill. The grill is not just a man’s piece of cooking equipment. You can find handy and practical tips for preparing meals on the grill over on Karmel’s site.

You can take a look and see what Sara Moulton learned from Karmel about grilling. Karmel shares how she would meet women who were  competent home cooks, yet they were intimidated by the though of using a grill. It’s Karmel’s mission to get women to step up to the grill with confidence. The recipes from the episode where Karmel appeared on Sara Moulton’s cooking show can get you inspired to start planning your outdoor dining.

Grill season is a welcome way to start enjoying the warmer weather and spending time with friends and family. Here’s to an endless summer!

Alice Knisley Matthias is a mom of two boys who love to trade weird-but-true facts. She writes about food, family, education and garden. She loves to cook and to grow fresh herbs, and believes in an organic lifestyle for her family in the kitchen and the garden. Her work has appeared in Eating Well, Highlights for Children, Boys’ Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, What to Expect, Cook n’ Scribble and an America’s Test Kitchen Cook’s Country Cookbook. She is the author of herbinkitchen.com and a regular blogger for KIDS DISCOVER. Find Alice on Twitter: @AKnisleyMatth