A Summer Party & Ginger Lime Honeydew Skewers (Recipe)

While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, Jaime and I spent some time putting together a menu for a summer party.  We wanted to serve a summery menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres that would minimize–albeit not entirely eliminate–our oven use during the party.  We hosted the first of what we hope will be many gatherings in our new home this past weekend.  Here is what made our final menu–displayed on my DIY chalkboard:

Chalkboard menuThe sesame chicken, stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto rolls all required baking, but we baked these at the very beginning of the party and then turned off the oven and kept them warm in chafing dishes.  We served some of our favorite recipes at this party and I plan to share many of the recipes here on this blog. Continue reading

Having trouble picking a watermelon?

Sorry I can’t help you with that as I haven’t mastered the art of watermelon picking myself, but I can tell you what I do when I cut open a watermelon and discover that it is not so sweet. I pour a can of 7UP or Sprite (or ginger ale in a pinch) over the sliced melon and chill the melon. The soda imparts a sweetness to the watermelon and adds a very subtle lemon-lime (or ginger) flavor to the melon.

Source: Watermelon Slices by Petr Kratochvi

Do you have a tip for selecting a good watermelon? If so, I’d love it if you would share your tip in the comments.