Some Fun Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Some Fun Watermelon Recipes for Summer

We all think of watermelon on a hot summer day, usually after a barbecue - most likely in the form of a cold slice. Kids love it because it is naturally sweet, juicy and delicious! July 4th weekend is approaching, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different ways of serving watermelon to change it up a bit and make it more nutritious, colorful and interesting. This first idea is a variation on the watermelon, basil tomato salad combination that has been popular lately, but with a fun &…
Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

My son is getting married this September in our backyard in the Hamptons. (Yes, another wedding!) We are planning to create the menu and prepare the food ourselves this time. I know....that is quite an undertaking, what are we thinking?! But with grown children who are all great cooks, I really think we can do it. We need to plan the menu ahead carefully. Then pre-cut the ingredients and store them together in the fridge so that they are easily arranged right before it starts. Dressings & dipping sauces will need to be…
Ratatouille Pizza

Ratatouille Pizza

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish consisting of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash & herbs. It's a great combination using vegetables often found in summer gardens, so I decided to try this combo to top one of my "doctored up" store-bought pizza crusts. I have tried many other combos such as Mexican Pizza and Butternut Squash Pizza which have been big hits. (you can find them in an earlier post on my blog)  This Ratatouille Pizza has potential to be just as delicious! Ingredients: 1 - 2  12" frozen cheese…
Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad with Feta Cheese & Herbs

Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad with Feta Cheese & Herbs

I love tomatoes, especially the beautiful colors of heirloom tomatoes. I cannot wait to pick them from my own garden this summer! But my local market had a wonderful selection now, so I decided to create a salad with the tomatoes, some sliced beets, radishes & fresh herbs, just to get into the summer mood. First wash your tomatoes and radishes and then slice them. After peeling and slicing the beets, simmer them in a pan until tender. While the beets are cooling, you can make a vinaigrette to pour over the salad…
Rhubarb, Red Plum & Strawberry Ginger Compote

Rhubarb, Red Plum & Strawberry Ginger Compote

You may have noticed Rhubarb in your markets lately because it is one of the first "fruits/ vegetables" to be available in the spring. (The growing season is April - June) I had been seeing those beautiful pinkish red stalks at the farm stands and I have been wanting to use them in some way. I remember a sweet & mushy rhubarb pie as a child, but it never made a great impression. So I googled recipes and found "compotes" which seemed like a great way to use it. (A compote is fruit stewed…