With summer officially underway, backyard barbecues are in full swing and we want to do our part to help families create the perfect soiree for their warm weather get-togethers.

But first, we need a little help from you.

The E-T is asking readers to submit their favorite summer recipes to be included online and in Sunday's cover of Lifestyles.

We are looking for salads, appetizers, desserts, main courses and cool drinks - anything that gets your summer started.

Send recipes to news@empiretribune.com by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Feel free to include photos of the recipe or the chef in action.