For your 4th of July party

red, white and blue mess

If youre in the U.S. or anywhere in the world celebrating the 4th of July tomorrow, I hope you're having better weather than we're having here, where it's cold and rainy! If you're having a party, here are some useful recipes from the archives:

Japanese potato salad, which in my opinion is the best kind of potato salad - rich tasting, not too vinegary. With homemade mayonnaise it's heaven - though be careful to refrigerate it properly before serving, and to eat the leftovers (if there are any) as soon as possible.

For a much lighter, refreshing salad (no fat added!), Scandinavian cucumber salad goes very well with the rich flavors of grilled meats. It's sort of like a fresh relish. Serve this very well chilled.

By saving calories with the salad you can then splurge on the Red, white and blue mess for dessert, which looks quite spectacular and even feels sort of virtuously healthy because of all the fruit.

Happy 4th!

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