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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 7, Sunday

Turkey and Green Bean Pasta Salad
Stone-Fruit Clafoutis

Cooking time:  60 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          This is a colorful pasta salad, quickly stir-fried. Clafoutis is, basically, a sweet popover pie.... Very easy.

Turkey and Green Bean Pasta Salad

Total time: 25 minutes
      I used Heirloom Tomatoes in the salad, the yellow and red Ananas.

Turkey and Green Bean Pasta Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Stone-Fruit Clafoutis

Total time: 60 minutes
    I made this with purple, green and yellow plums but you can use any fruit you like.  Traditionally the French use cherries - un-pitted.  Peaches and/or nectarines would be wonderful.... and even berries would work.  To pit stone fruit, make a cut, vertically, (through stem end) all around the pit and twist lightly.  If the fruit is 'freestone' the halves will come apart easily.  If they are 'clingstone' the halves will not budge and you'll have to cut wedges off the stone.  My purple plums were freestone, my green ones were not.

Stone-Fruit Clafoutis Ingredients:

Note:  You will need enough to lay, nicely, around the bottom of your baking dish.  My plums were small and I used about 20 of them.  With larger peaches or nectarines you would probably need 10.  If they are really large quarter them to lay better - you don't want them higher than the sides of the baking dish.

slice clafoutis Instructions:

Note:  It's easier to put the baking dish on a baking tray before you pour the batter over.  It's easier to handle and if you spill it's on the tray! The center will just barely jiggle when it's done.

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, large bowl, quiche or pie plate,
whisk, pot for pasta, colander, medium skillet, large
bowl

Turn on oven, 400F (200C)
Melt butter, either in pan or micro, set aside
Butter baking dish
Pit, halve fruit, cut into quarters or slices if large
Arrange fruit in dish as you prepare it
Whisk sugar, eggs
Add butter, whisk
Add flour, whisk
Add milk, vanilla, whisk
Pour batter over fruit and bake; time for 30 min.
Put water on high heat for pasta
Cut turkey

Top and tail beans, cut
Slice onion
Sauté beans, onion
Remove beans, onion to large bowl
Sauté turkey
Remove turkey to bowl with beans, onions
Cook pasta
Make vinaigrette
Add a bit of vinaigrette to beans/turkey, stir
Snip herbs, add to bowl
Chop tomato, add to bowl
    Pour a glass of wine and go admire the sunset
Pasta done? drain, rinse, drain, add to bowl
Add a bit more vinaigrette, stir gently, taste, adjust Check clafoutis, remove when done
Serve salad
Done?
Slice Clafoutis and serve