By Allrecipes Magazine

Sea, Surf & Scallops

By Karyn Spencer

Historic lighthouses, fresh seafood, and picturesque marinas dot the coastline of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Take a long weekend to explore this 100-mile stretch along U.S. Highway 1, with jaunts along State Highways 146 and 156, to get you closer to the water. Starting in New Haven, Connecticut, weave east through New England towns with charming downtowns, stately homes, and stone fences. Then head to the shore, a collection of Atlantic Ocean inlets and bays with sandy beaches and lapping waves, and wrap up the trip in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Best of the Northeast Top Summer Recipes

1. Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler

"This recipe works great with other cobbler fruit and is an excellent light dessert that isn't too sweet! Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream." — Jen

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2. Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

"My family has been using this very simple and delicious recipe for sausage, peppers, and onions for years and years now. For an extra kick, try using half sweet sausage and half hot sausage!" — GIGI9801

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3. Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

"I live on Cape Cod so have sea scallops often," says Turbos Mom. "I've tried tons of recipes and yours is the best."

Photo by: Kim Cornelison

4. Sangria! Sangria!

"The BEST sangria recipe I've been able to hone to perfection! If you like a sweeter Sangria, use ginger ale in place of club soda." —HJACOBY

Photo by Christine Englert Denk

5. Stuffed Zucchini

"This is good served with French bread and a salad." —LTHASKINS

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6. Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

"Cool, delicious cucumber salad. For a pretty salad, peel only half of each cucumber, leaving strips of skin on each. Don't make the vinegar solution first and then chop the cucumber because it's important that the vinegar solution be hot to ensure proper flavoring." —JSCHMAND

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7. Chef John's Gazpacho

For a little more texture and color, we used heirloom cherry tomatoes and chopped them instead of sending them all through the blender.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison

8. Ratatouille

"This terrific dish is loaded with succulent Mediterranean vegetables." — LYNETTE MARIE

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9. Marinated Tuna Steak

"This mixture of orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic gives this marinade a wonderful taste." — LINKYJ

VIDEO: Marinated Tuna Steak

10. The Perfect Basic Burger

"Nothing beats a simple hamburger on a warm summer evening! Ground beef is blended with an easy to prepare bread crumb mixture. Pile these burgers with your favorite condiments, pop open a cool drink and enjoy!" — Lindsay Perejma

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Check out our collection of recipes from Connecticut and Rhode Island.