Watermelon and Raspberry Salad

Fruit salad is great dessert for hot days like today. Fresh watermelon and raspberry made great taste, and lemon juice add zing into it. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart site.

Watermelon and Raspberry Salad

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Watermelon and Raspberry Salad

Russian Yeast Pie with Buckwheat Flour and Fresh Plums

Our agro tourism season in full swing. We picked up some assorted plums and I made my favorite bake – Russian yeast pie. Plums’ taste go great with buckwheat’s, so I added some buckwheat flour for a little “nutty” aftertaste and it worked great.

Russian Yeast Pie with Buckwheat Flour and Fresh Plums

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Russian Yeast Pie with Buckwheat Flour and Fresh Plums

Baked Tomatoes with Rice, Onion and Parmesan Stuffing

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis show. I used combination of texmati light brown, red quinoa and freekeh for healthy option. Also I added sautéed onion, so mine stuffing became remaining risotto (a little). Usually I made stuffed peppers or cabbage, and I feared that the tomatoes lose shape and became mushy, but this did not happen – the tomatoes perfectly turned out.

Pulp and tomato juice I used for Russian cold sauce with horseradish – khrenoder (2 parts tomatoes and 1 part prepared or homemade horseradish).

Baked Tomatoes with Rice, Onion and Parmesan Stuffing

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Baked Tomatoes with Rice, Onion and Parmesan Stuffing

Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin

Great summer casserole with two squashes and crunchy bread top. Great by itself or like side dish for grilled chicken. Inspired by Jacques Pépin recipe. Whole wheat or Russian rye bread made great taste and aroma. Garlic is optional, but we like our squash with it.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin

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Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin

Mahi-Mahi Fish, Red Cabbage-Mango Slaw and Refried Black Beans Tacos

And one more recipe for fish tacos. It so happened that our family love this kind of  “fast food”. The idea to add black beans appeared spontaneously, but they are very well complemented this dish.

Mahi Mahi Fish, Red Cabbage Mango Slaw and Refried Black Beans Tacos

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Mahi Mahi Fish, Red Cabbage Mango Slaw and Refried Black Beans Tacos