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My dad lived in Washington state when I was a teen, which meant I spent many summers picking cherries and berries with my stepmom and sisters. Most of the fruit would be baked into pies and cobblers, but there was always a post-pick bowl of berries and whipping cream to celebrate the haul.

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Baking is less about feeding oneself and more about having a hobby, and I tend to gravitate toward dead-simple recipes I can throw together on a whim. Though I have absolutely nothing against perfectly executed pastry, it takes a certain amount of patience to make such, which is why I bake my bounty of summer fruits into cobblers rather than pies.

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Rhubarb rarely gets a starring role in desserts, with most recipes relying on strawberries to temper its raw, unpleasant sourness. This classic pairing, while tasty, makes very little sense to me. Rhubarb shines when gently cooked, but a hot oven destroys everything that's special about a ripe strawberry - so why do we insist on cooking them together?

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There is no such thing as a “girly” drink. There are sweet drinks, bitter drinks, fruity drinks and stiff drinks, but the gender of a drink will always be fluid. Even pink drinks (which the unimaginative are quick to label as “girly”) are just that — pink. Just as colour is not indicative of gender, it’s also fairly divorced from flavour.

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Peaches can be a bit clingy, especially when it comes to getting them off the pit, but there are a few things you can do to make this juicy task a little easier.

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Video: My love for mangoes is deep and eternal, but there is no denying that they are slippery little buggers, which makes them a pain to peel. Fortunately, there are two easy ways to peel the gorgeous, golden fruit, neither of which require any single-use, fruit-specific tools.

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We all have opinions on the best apples, but these are the correct opinions. My qualifications: I have eaten a lot of apples. I’ve been lucky enough to taste antique varieties of apples and experimental research varieties of apples. If you would like to know the best grocery store apples, I can tell you about them. If you want the truly best apples, these are harder to find, but I can tell you which ones to look for.

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You can get some pretty good apples right now, but sometimes even the most beautiful, promising looking crisp fruits can be a little too tart or a little too bland. This is, without a doubt, very disappointing, but don't let it ruin your day. All your ho-hum apple needs is a sprinkling of salt.

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Usually, when I think of blueberries, I think of muffins, pie and Blueberry Morning - a cereal I was obsessed with from ages nine through 12. These are all good things, but I urge you to reconsider the blueberry, and smother steaks, chops and wild game with this juicy, surprisingly balanced pan sauce.

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I'm a confirmed lemon freak. I love their bright acidity and subtle bitterness in applications both sweet and savoury and firmly believe that a squeeze of lemon ties any dish together; I buy them in shocking quantities, usually keeping up to 3kg in my crisper drawer.

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Nothing is dreamier than a frozen banana in a smoothie and for bakers about to embark on a banana bread or muffin, nothing is easier than having frozen bananas on hand. But the internet is full of bad advice about how exactly to freeze these lovely fruits.

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There's no arguing that pie is the most noble form any summer fruit can assume, but there are times I want a fruity dessert that doesn't require the heating of my oven (or kitchen). In such moments, I turn (once again) to booze and make some stupid-easy but still sophisticated-tasting wine-soaked fruit.

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Picking your own strawberries is a dangerous game. What starts out as good, clean fun plucking berries from their bush quickly escalates into a manic race against everyone else at the patch to pick the most and the best berries, leaving me with scratched limbs, stained lips and way too many berries.

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Cherry pits may seem like one piece of kitchen refuse that has no second life, but as Stella Parks of Serious Eats points out, the little bit of fruit that clings to the stone has the ability to infuse flavour and colour into all sorts of tasty treats.