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The ultimate summer feast: Fried chicken, potato salad and grilled stone fruit

Chef and restaurateur Erin French joins TODAY Food to share three recipes from her cookbook The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine.

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Make cornflake fried chicken with blueberry sauce for a gourmet picnic

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Make cornflake fried chicken with blueberry sauce for a gourmet picnic

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She demonstrates how to make cornflake-crusted fried chicken with sweet and sour blueberry sauce, a tangy potato salad with shallot vinaigrette and summery grilled stone fruit with blue cheese and sweet honey.

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Great fried chicken is all about balance. The meat should be tender and juicy while the coating is crisp and crunchy. This recipe achieves both with a flavorful, tenderizing brine and a crackling flour and cornflake crust.

Perfect Potato Salad
Perfect Potato Salad
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The key to a perfect potato salad — as with all cooking — is having the best ingredients. When you stumble upon the most precious baby potatoes, it's time to make potato salad. Then, instead of making a heavy, mayonnaise-y salad, toss just-tender potatoes with olive oil, shallot vinaigrette and a mix of whatever fresh green herbs you can get your hands on.

Grilled Stone Fruit with Blue Cheese and Honey
Grilled Stone Fruit with Blue Cheese and Honey
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When you can't decide between a dessert and a cheese course, make this dish. It's a little savory, a little sweet, and perfectly balanced. It's just the thing when the grill's been fired up all day but you're not quite ready to let those hot coals go.

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