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hi guys..I need some recipes for summer dishes, especially that I can prepare for my birthday party in July. I love fruit salads and also I thought about baking something but with use of fresh fruits. What do you think? What is your favourite recipe?
 
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Dolmas....blanch harvested grape leaves in a pot of water that has been boiled and taken off the heat source for ten minutes then dunk the blanched leaves in ice water and set aside on a paper towel...finely chopped onion 1 cup 2 cloves of shredded garlic a handful of pine nuts and a handful of freshly chopped dill sauteed in a pan until translucent and toasty..set aside start long grain rice in a pot 1 cup par boiled 2 cups chicken stock 1 pinch of salt and a tsp of butter set to med high let it boil until finished...once all your ingredients have been cooked heat a dutch oven to med with a splash of olive oil in the bottom...while dutch oven is heating ..mix the rice and sauteed ingredients ..add a squeeze of lemon fresh chopped mint and a cup of crumbled feta ..mix thoroughly..then add a spoonful of the mix into the center of a blanched grape leaf roll the grape leaf like a burrito and repeat until all your grape leaves are wrapped.. fill the bottom of dutch oven with the wrapped grape leaves  and cook 15 minutes one side then flip and cook again for 15 minutes...make sure you keep the dutch oven closed between flipping ...once finished set aside the dutch oven let it cool and serve.
 
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My sister makes something vaguely reminiscent of tuna salad using canned salmon mixed with sliced apples, hard boiled eggs, celery, cucumbers, dill relish, sweet relish, mayonnaise, and mustard. It's really good. Also consider serving this or regular tuna salad inside halved bell peppers instead of a bread or crackers.

Sliced apples and pears dipped in lemon water make a great substitute for crackers on a cheese platter also.
 
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Clafoutis

It is a French tart.  I like to use fresh apple or pears though any fruit will work.

I make mine really simple: 4 eggs, 1/2 each of sugar, flour and milk.  Melt 2 T butter in pie pan and add to other ingredients.  Arrange desired fresh fruit in a pretty design in the pie pan.  Pour egg mix over and bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes until brown.

Mine looks something like this without the crust:



Here is a recipe for a more elegant one:

Chef John's Blueberry Clafoutis


   1 pint fresh blueberries
   1 1/4 cups milk
   2/3 cup white sugar
   1/2 cup all-purpose flour

   3 large eggs
   1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Generously butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
Pour blueberries into prepared baking dish.
Blend milk, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt in a blender until batter is smooth. Pour batter over blueberries and gently shake to remove any air bubbles.
Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and center is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool until clafoutis deflates and is just warm.


 
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