Where have I been? For the last two weeks I have really been busy. I took a trip to south Georgia with a good friend of mine and I came back with three and a half bushels of peas. That was a job! Then I took a beach trip with my two younger sisters. We had a great time and I did not want to leave the sand, water, sun and the peace. It was so relaxing! Now with just two weeks left and I will be a working girl again. But I am not blogging about the end of the summer yet. I’ve got two weeks!!
I love summer for so many reasons. Free time, no stress, tomatoes, okra, blueberries, peas, basil, watermelon, squash and the list goes on. There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold piece of sweet watermelon. As a child I spent many hours in the backyard eating watermelon with juice running down my chin and spitting black seeds as far as I could. Then running through the sprinkler to get off all the stickiness or squirting each other with the hose. What fun! But now I am all grown up. Really.
Here is watermelon that is more sophisticated. Fresher. A little salty. Clean. Easy. A perfect appetizer for a summer meal. I was quite surprised about the wonderful flavor of something so simple. Now you try it. Choose a sweet watermelon and pair it with your best summer tomato. When I made these the summer tomatoes were not here, but now no excuse. Basil, there is no better summer culinary herb. I love the strong sweet pungent smell of the leaves even as you break them . Choose the smallest leaves, put it all together on a skewer and sprinkle with kosher salt. Summer on a stick!
I got this great idea from here. Check out some of the others. Another favorite is the sweet red peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Yum!
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