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Tried and True Summer Favorites!

Late last night, as I was waiting for a galette to come out of the oven to take to friends for dinner tonight – Happy 4th of July!! – I started thinking about our favorite summer recipes. To celebrate special occasions or just enjoy al fresco whenever possible.

Happy to share this space with a small round up of some of our favorite recipes during the hot Summer months.

Grilled Shrimp W/ Feta Dill Sauce

Grilled Shrimp Skewers With Feta Dill Sauce from Food & Wine Magazine.

BBQ Chicken

Mama’s BBQ Chicken and Watercress, Walnut, Roquefort Salad (bottom left corner) from Virginia Willis' Basic To Brlliant Y’all (Ten Speed Press).


An ultra simple but nonetheless belly-good classic burger

Fennel, Zucchini, Dill & Arugula Salad

Shaved Fennel Salad, From Heidi Swanson’s Supernatural Everyday.

Quinoa and Fig Tabouleh

Quinoa and Fig Tabouleh.

Thai Burger

Thai Turkey Burgers, from Food & Wine Magazine.

It Was A Very Good Cake

Blueberries and Cream Layer Cake…or what’s left of it if you make it…!

Mixed Berries Sorbet

Mixed Berries Sorbet….So so refreshing!

Happy Independence Day!

All pictures © Helene Dujardin Photography.

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Brian Samuels Photography July 4, 2012 um 3:12 pm

A very happy Fourth to you! These recipes look stellar!

Michaela @ The Gardener's Eden July 4, 2012 um 3:33 pm

Happy Fourth of July. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and inspirational images. M

Cindy Martin July 4, 2012 um 3:51 pm

Wonderful post of awesomeness, Helene! I will def. give these a try! Happy 4th to you and yours! xx

Jeanine July 4, 2012 um 3:53 pm

Ooh, the fig tabouleh looks amazing and right on time – I have a basked of figs that I was just wondering what to do with…

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 4, 2012 um 5:09 pm

Happy 4th and what a great roundup of beautiful recipes & photos!

wendy@chezchloe July 4, 2012 um 5:16 pm

What a gorgeous well-rounded round up! Meat, veggies, gluten free, fat free, sweet tooth… and beautiful photos. I'm an avid quinoa eater- today with lime, cilantro, peppers and grilled shrimp (thx to your photo here). Next quinoa salad will be sporting figs and mint. Can't say I would have thought of that one on my own…Happy 4th.

Anonymous July 5, 2012 um 8:04 am

So impressed! I could maybe do one of those, not all!

Anonymous July 5, 2012 um 8:05 am

Goodness, all the deliciousness! I could maybe do one, not all!

Jaime July 5, 2012 um 11:48 am

Great array of dishes and stunning photography! Happy Independence Day x

p/s – I have that same plate from Zara! 😉

SkinnyMommy July 5, 2012 um 1:57 pm

Everything looks beautiful! Seriously you are such a talented photographer!

Helene July 5, 2012 um 2:13 pm

Jaime: not sure which plate you are mentioning but none of my wares are from Zara.

Thanks everyone!

Riley July 5, 2012 um 6:46 pm

I've made those shrimp skewers more times than I can count! They really are delicious!

La Cuisine d'Helene July 5, 2012 um 7:26 pm

Stunning pictures! Can't wait to try the recipes. Thanks!

Full Flavored Life July 5, 2012 um 11:17 pm

Can't wait to try the quinoa and fig tabouleh. Looks great!

Kim Bee July 6, 2012 um 3:37 am

That BBQ chicken is calling my name.

Unknown July 6, 2012 um 4:04 am

It's a cold Wintery day here, but I'm still wondering which of your Summer favourites I should try first. They all look so bright and packed with flavour.

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy July 6, 2012 um 9:36 pm

That chicken looks incredible!

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Joy April 30, 2016 um 5:41 pm

Hey Helene, I really need to try your grilled shrimp skewers they look delicous 🙂

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