Happy Fourth of July!

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Have a safe and enjoyable weekend with good food, family and friends!

For a little inspiration, here’s a visual of summertime eats that I’ve made throughout the years, most recipes are found in my recipe index, feel free to email me if you want one in particular.

 

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Fresh Watermelon Cake

watermelon cake

Here’s a fun and creative way to serve up your next watermelon, carve it into a “cake”!

Who doesn’t love watermelon, it’s a summer staple usually always present at cookouts and parties. This “cake” is made with sweet refreshing watermelon that has been carved and shaped into a cake, it gets frosted with fresh whipped cream and is decorated with fresh summer berries, this could be the perfect red, white and blue cake for your Fourth of July party.

I’ve seen this done online and I couldn’t wait to try it myself, I was skeptical about putting the cream on a wet surface but all you do is pat the melon down really good with paper towels after it’s cut, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and quick it was to put it all together.

I actually made this early in the morning, had it all frosted and garnished, stuck it in my fridge and pulled it out later in the evening and it was flawless, everything stayed in tact, in fact the cream set up so nice and firm and it was so easy to cut into nice wedges, even leftovers the next day were perfect!

watermelon

Find yourself a nice round seedless watermelon, you’re going to be cutting the top and bottom off so pick a size according to how many guests you’ll be serving.

ingredients for watermelon cake

The first thing I recommend doing is whipping your cream, you want very stiff peaks and then refrigerate it, get it nice and cold. Have all your berries washed and ready to go. You can garnish your “cake” with whatever you want, berries, nuts, sprinkles, slivered almonds, coconut or other fruit of your choice, make it your own and be creative!

watermelon cake

The trimming was easier than I thought, after you remove the top and bottom stand it upright and start slicing the dark outer green rind off all the way around and make sure you see none of the light green rind underneath showing either, take your time and start trimming and shaping it to look like a cake.

watermelon cake

When you’re done trimming it put it on top of the platter you’ll be serving it on, don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped.

watermelon cake

The whipped cream will hide all the imperfections and so will all your added fruit and garnishes.

watermelon cake

It’s unexpected, impressive and a guaranteed show stopper when you bring it out to the table and no baking required!

Happy Summer and Happy 4th!

Fresh Watermelon Cake
 
Refreshing, unexpected and a beautiful way to serve a watermelon, transformed to look like a cake. It's healthy and delicious too!
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Ingredients
  • 1 whole seedless watermelon
  • 3 cups of heavy whipping cream ( you'll probably have some extra)
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar or other sweetener like stevia
  • assorted fresh berries and other garnishes of your choice like nuts, sliced almonds, coconut, sprinkles, etc.
Instructions
  1. First whip your cream with the confectioners sugar and vanilla, whip until you get nice stiff peeks, then refrigerate bowl.
  2. Wash and dry the whole watermelon.
  3. With a sharp knife slice the top and bottom off.
  4. Standing upright begin removing the dark green rind all around.
  5. Keep trimming the sides removing the light green rind underneath and trimming it into a nice cylinder shape.
  6. Wipe and pat dry the cylinder with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  7. Place shaped and patted dry melon on serving platter.
  8. Spread cold whipped cream all over with a rubber spatula, top and sides.
  9. Garnish with berries or other things of your choice.
  10. At this point you can refrigerate it until ready to cut. I placed the whole platter into my fridge and didn't cover it, but if you had a cake plate topper that would fit over the top, that would be fine too but not necessary.
  11. If you have some of the "cake"remaining after cutting just refrigerate soon after so the whipped cream doesn't melt down, especially on a hot day.

 

 

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Summer Carrot Ribbon Salad

summer carrot ribbon salad

Thin ribbons of rainbow colored carrots are the star in this salad, they add crunch and beautiful vibrant colors of purple, yellow and orange. This salad is perfect for a hot summer day, it’s garden fresh, healthy and light.

carrot ribbon salad ingredients

This is a different version of a rainbow carrot ribbon salad I made a couple of years ago, here.

This time I added crunchy radishes, Persian cucumber ribbons, red onion, yellow and red pepper strips, arugula, a handful of toasted hazelnuts, and for a little heat, thin slices of jalapeno.

carrot ribbon salad ingredientssummer carrot ribbon salad

I like to keep the dressing nice and light by either using a simple vinaigrette or one of my favorites, olive oil and fresh lemon juice whisked together with a little parmesan cheese or another favorite of mine I’ll post in the recipe section.

summer carrot ribbon salad

For a fabulous light summer meal add some grilled shrimp or fish on the side, then you won’t feel guilty about a nice sweet dessert!

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Summer Carrot Ribbon Salad
 
A colorful,crunchy, light and healthy summer salad using the freshest produce of the season!
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of rainbow carrots, made into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  • ½ red onion, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow and red pepper cut into strips
  • 2 or 3 Persian cucumbers, made into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  • 8 radishes, sliced thin
  • a large handful of arugula or fresh spinach
  • 1 small jalapeno, thinly sliced ( optional)
  • a small handful of toasted hazelnuts, slightly crushed
  • CREAMY LEMON PARMESAN DRESSING
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of good mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan
  • a pinch of salt and cracked pepper
  • Whisk everything together, taste for seasoning.
Instructions
  1. Gently toss all salad ingredients into a bowl, place on a nice platter, then drizzle dressing over the top when ready to eat.
  2. LIGHTER LEMON PARMESAN DRESSING
  3. All ingredients as in the creamy version, minus the mayonnaise, whisk together and drizzle on top os salad ingredients.

 

 

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