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Summertime = Watermelon

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Posted by Rita A

One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of summer fruit. It is so enjoyable biting into the best tasting watermelon you found all summer. The sweetness, the juice, the moment of summer. I never really cooked with a watermelon and was wondering what kind of interesting recipes I could find. I found them!

Watermelon Pizza from The Washington Post.
This recipe for Watermelon Pizza uses a pre-baked crust, brie cheese, basil, seedless watermelon chunks and Parmesan cheese. It becomes an savory sweet pizza. Easy enough to make. Will I try it? Maybe.

Summertime Watermelon Waldorf Salad from the RecipeZaar by Sherrybeth.
3 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup celery, sliced finely
1 cup seedless grapes, cut in half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup coleslaw dressing
1/4 cup almonds, toasted (sliced or slivered)
1. Stir together watermelon, celery, and grapes in bowl.
2. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving, stir salt into coleslaw dressing.
4. Pour mixture over fruit and stir until coated.
5. Sprinkle with almonds.

I like this recipe. It sounds very refreshing and tangy at the same time. It could become a family favorite. Definitely a must try.

For Dessert:
Sicilian Watermelon Pudding (Gelo di Melone) from
This recipe makes a thick pudding garnished with whipped cream, pistachios, citron and chocolate, dusted with the cinnamon. Brave to have chocolate with watermelon not sure about trying this recipe but I do like the idea of the thick watermelon pudding. I might change the garnish.

Quick and Easy Watermelon Pie from
1 9-in. graham cracker crust
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. lime juice
2 C. watermelon balls
4 oz. container refrigerated non-dairy topping, thawed
Fold together milk and topping. Add lime juice. Fold in watermelon balls, reserving about 5 balls for garnish. Pour into graham cracker crust. Place remaining watermelon balls on pie to garnish. Chill for 2 more hours before serving.
My feeling on this recipe, you can never go wrong with sweetened condensed milk. Simple preparation, not too fancy ingredients, I will try this recipe.

To find a ripe watermelon, look for a melon that is nice looking, meaning free of dents, bruises, cuts, etc. Check under the melon - if it has a yellow or light bottom, it should be ripe. If it's stripes are found all around the melon, pass on it. It's just not ready yet.

You may see people at the market tapping on watermelon. What exactly are they listening for? The are checking for signs of hollowness. It is sounds hollow, its ripe. Not hollow, unripe.

Look for a heavy melon. Watermelons are made up of mostly water, so an ideal melon should be heavy for its size.

Summertime sweetness is found in the flavor of watermelon. Enjoy one today!