Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad

watermelon heirloom tomato wholeNothing says summer like watermelon and heirloom tomatoes, those oddly-shaped multicolored orbs, bursting with flavor. Cut them up and you have a veritable painting on your plate. Mix with sweet watermelon and sprinkle a little salt, maybe a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on the tomatoes. Simple. That’s it!

watermelon heirloom tomato salad

Caprese Fruit Salad

Caprese Fruit Salad

This is a delicious summer fruit salad masquerading as a caprese salad.

I got the idea when I visited the SF Giants Baseball Stadium (AT &T Park) Organic Garden with our CHEFS students. After the garden tour, they gave each of us a delicious strawberry wrapped in a basil leaf.

Cut summer fruit: Strawberries, stone fruit such as plums, apricots and /or peaches. Mix in ciliegine, little balls of fresh mozzarella. Tear basil leaves and sprinkle over the fruit and mozzarella. Drizzle a little olive oil over the fruit and cheese.

caprese fruit appetizers

Make caprese salad appetizers by threading a piece of fruit, basil and half a ciliegine on a toothpick. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. I mixed in a bit of blood orange infused olive oil with the regular oil.

 

Autumn Salad with Pomegranate, Fuji Persimmon, Strawberries and Nuts

early autumn salad

I make this salad in early Autumn, when Pomegranates and Fuji Persimmons are appearing and there are a few decent strawberries left. As the season progresses, you may not find the strawberries, but the sweetness and fall colors of the persimmons and Pomegranate seeds still brighten this salad. I added a handful of raw shelled pistachios and sliced raw almonds for delicious flavor, texture and protein. Throw them together with mesclun (mixed lettuce greens) or baby spinach. It’s fine undressed or with a bit of blue cheese dressing.

Green Fruit Salad for St. Patrick’s Day

Green fruit is not necessarily unripe fruit. I made this green fruit salad for St. Patrick’s day and decorated it with the little shamrocks that were growing in my front yard.

Ingredients:
½ honeydew melon

4 kiwi fruits

5 green apples. I recommend pippin apples. The granny smith ones are too tart.

1 green anjou pear

1 bunch green grapes

Peel melon and kiwis. Cut fruits up and mix together. Garnish with shamrocks (clover).

Valentine’s Heart’s Passion Dessert

Passion fruit is aptly named for the day of love

The fruit is unremarkable on the outside,

but cut it open, and inside is a gorgeous  red and white fruit filled with green juicy seeds

surround it with strawberries dipped in melted chocolate

or present it with passion fruit sorbet topped with a heart-shaped chocolate truffle and chocolate dipped strawberries

Thanksgiving Recipes

I am delighted to share my posts for a Thanksgiving feast. I am thankful that you have taken the time to read my posts and perhaps tried out the recipes. Happy Thanksgiving! Roz

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Chunky Kabocha Soup with Appeal

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Two Autumn Fruit Salads: Sweet and Spinach

Light as a feather cream biscuits

Fruit juice sweetened, no sugar Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Low fat creamy garlic mashed potatoes

Rosemary and olive oil cornbread

Abuelita Luz’s Camote con leche (Yam Pudding)

fluted pie crust

pie crust

DSC03214Pumpkin Pie

pie slice

Drunken Pecan Sweet Potato Pie

Pretty in Pink Pomelo Fruit Salad

The pomelo is the grapefruit’s grandma, originating in Malaysia. It looks like a giant grapefruit, but is not as sour.

The pomelo half looks like a big pink flower. The peel is very thick compared to the grapefruit and the sections are more uneven, so it takes a bit more time to section it.

A pink pomelo is more sour than the white. But the pink grapefruit is sweeter than the white. Well I got two pink ones, to make a pink fruit salad with strawberries.

1 pink pomelo

1 pink grapefruit

10 strawberries

Halve pomelo and grapefruit, and section fruit, removing fruit. Halve strawberries and mix together.