How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, knowing how to pick the perfect watermelon is an essential culinary skill. With some sleuthing and a little luck, you’ll be enjoying slice after cool slice of nature’s summer candy. Examine the skin. Ideally, the whole melon will be a deep green. Most melons will develop a light spot while sitting […]

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How to Choose a Cantaloupe 

Picking the perfect melon can seem mystifying, but with these simple steps you will come away with a real winner nearly every time. Smell the stem end. All melons have a stem end as well as a blossom end. The stem end should smell fragrant and like a bowl of fresh cantaloupe. If it smells green it’s likely underripe. An […]

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Tropical Shave Ice

Two friends of mine posted photos of themselves in Hawaii on social media today. I immediately felt jealousy and a craving for shave ice. Not the kind with sticky syrup in every color of the rainbow, but the kind made of tropical fruit with a big scoop of ice cream at the bottom. This sauce is the perfect topper for […]

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Have you read the children’s book, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear?  The sneaky fox goes to great lengths to get just half of a juicy strawberry and I certainly don’t blame him.  A fresh-picked berry is nature’s perfect treat. They are unique in taste and structure, being the only fruit to bear its […]

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Cranberry Peach Smoothie

Last night’s smoothie was so great I had to share it!  It was born of a need to decrease the freezer content. Putting something new in the freezer has become a joke around here, with all the food preservation and freezer meals we have crammed in there.  So, we are going to work on using ingredients and meals we already […]

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Tropical Peach Smoothie

Monday mornings (or any weekday mornings for that matter) very often call for breakfast through a straw around here.  We are still a little groggy from the rude awakening of the alarm clock, and not moving quickly enough for a leisurely breakfast.  Enter: the smoothie.   If you do the smoothie right, it is a balanced breakfast that can be […]

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Lime-Infused Honeydew

Honeydew will always remind me of my Grandma.  She was tiny, maybe  5’2″, and petite featured.  She was an Iowa farm wife during most of my dad’s childhood, which means she was amazing in a kitchen.  I remember sitting around as a child while the adults lounged in chairs, after their third gourmet meal of the day, and tried to guess […]

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