Watermelon started showing up at least a month ago, but now the last melons are being harvested. We received a (blessedly) tiny one in our farm share this week, and I’ve been staring at it wondering what to do. I feel like as long as I have it, this fantastic summer won’t end. As we’ve mentioned before, we’re coming out of a rough few years filled with struggles, ridiculous busyness, and stress. But this summer we’ve traveled, vacationed, and enjoyed a more relaxed pace in life. I’m afraid that once the fall begins, and really it has, our lives will return to swirling chaos. And so here we are with one last summer watermelon, promising at least one more summer dish, and one last evening of summer bliss. read more »
I’ve been pretty behind in things this summer. I do have a great reason, but I still can’t help feeling summer has slipped by. And now the weather has turned from muggy and sweltering to perfectly pleasant. Bright blue skies and crisp shadows mean that fall is near, and it’s time to frantically enjoy summer before it ends. Canning, freezing, berry picking, fig, blueberry, and tomato eating are among the late summer tasks on my agenda.
And before the apples, greens, cabbage, and squash start rolling in, here’s a colorful summer salad brimming with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, and fresh tarragon–perfect for picnics and outdoor parties. We used a yellow watermelon here, but regular watermelon will do just fine. This salad has lots of white pepper, and I love the subtle kick it lends. Head over to Babble.com’s Family Kitchen for our recipe.