Welcome to the Nominations thread for the July Dish of the Month. For those of you unfamiliar with the Home Cooking Dish of the Month (“DOTM”), our community selects a particular dish for each month and over the course of that month, members report on their preparation of that dish, sharing recipes and pictures, coaching each other through difficulties, and comparing experiences. See the **starred** paragraphs below as to how we define a “dish,” the link to the Index of Prior Dishes, and procedures for nominating dishes.
For June, we’ve been preparing lettuce wraps, as reported here: http://www.chowhound.com/post/lettuce.... There are still 10 days left to June, so there’s plenty of time to contribute to that thread (and you can always contribute to even after the month is over).
What dishes would you like to cook during the month of July? Should we select a dish that features seasonal produce or classic hot weather foods like stone fruits or ice cream? Or, perhaps, a dish that complements upcoming national holidays – Canadian Independence Day on July 1, US Independence Day on July 4, Bastille Day on July 14, or Belgium National Day on July 21? According to this calendar, http://www.holidayscalendar.com/month..., July also features a variety of other special days, including National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10) and National Milk Chocolate Day on July 28, 2016.
**What Makes a Dish**
A dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation. “Chocolate” or “beef” are not dishes. “Chocolate mousse” or “beef stew” are. You don’t have to be terribly specific; you can just nominate “tomato soup.” You don’t have to say “tomatoes chopped and simmered over low heat then puréed and poured into a bowl,” For some dishes, both the ingredients and the technique are implied, such as cassoulet or jambalaya.
**Prior DOTM Dishes**
DOTM has been going strong for over two years. We have covered more than 40 different dishes. We want to avoid selecting a dish for July that is a repeat of a dish done before. You can view the index of dishes here, http://www.chowhound.com/post/links-h.... You are invited to make any of these dishes, and contribute to these threads at any time.
**How to Nominate or Second a Dish**
When you are ready to nominate a dish, or to second another’s nomination, please type the dish in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Nominations are counted by how many times they are written in capitals, so if you’re discussing a dish without nominating, or after nominating, please type it in lower case. Each Hound may nominate as many dishes as he/she likes.
Nominations will be open until Saturday, June 25 at 11AM Pacific time (2PM Eastern time, and 7PM GMT). After the close, the dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting thread where every person gets only one vote. Once the votes are tallied, the winning dish will be announced and there will be a thread where everyone can post reports and photos.
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