Cutting Up Watermelon

Cutting Up Watermelon

Summer is watermelon time. Since cutting up watermelons can be a pain if you don't know what you are doing, here is how to do it: I just tried this method and went from having a whole watermelon to cleaning the juice off the countertop in under 5 minutes.   I prefer gorging myself with watermelon for breakfast and dessert, but if you want something different, try adding feta, mint, lemon zest, and olive oil for a fantastic salad.

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Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Amanda and I love apple picking. We go out in our flannel shirts, pick apples, eat cider donuts, sip hot apple cider, then come home and make apple butter and bake apple pies. It makes for a wonderful weekend. This year we picked Macoun (cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black) and Empire (cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious) apples. A half-bushel of apples (pictured above) is enough for two pies, two batches of apple butter, and a few apples left over to eat. We start making the apple butter around 7pm…

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Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Here is a drink for your next bonfire or fall outing. Not only does apple cider make this drink festive, but it includes Campari (which if you are a regular reader, you know I love), spicy rye, and a good vermouth. It also scales well. You can easily make a large batch for your next party. Credit for this recipe goes to Serious Eats. I merely scaled it for one, made it, and took photos of it. Orchard Boulevardier 3 oz Apple Cider 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz…

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Melon Granita

Melon Granita

Granitas are a perfect way to use up ripe, in-season fruit and make a refreshing dessert. I bought a golden honeydew at the grocery store, but didn't get around to cutting it up and eating it until it was so ripe that it wouldn't last long after being cut up. I settled on making a granita, an Italian ice-based flavored dessert that has varying consistencies across Italy. I searched through David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop (one of the best frozen dessert recipe books out there) and came across this recipe for…

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