by Melissa Gordon
Tiny handprints everywhere,
I’m told I’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Watermelon’s the culprit, it’s clear,
I said go eat that on the lawn!
Bees love our house
This time of year,
And is that a mouse?
Winter’s not even near!
Why is my shoe
Always sticking to the floor?
It’s nothing new,
I just need to clean more.
Where are those wipes?
We’re out again?
Oh for the sake of cripes,
This must end! But when?
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I hear
Here’s my summer cheer:
Pass the watermelon!
All stickiness aside, this week’s column was difficult because my tendency with watermelon is to say, “Who needs a recipe?” Watermelon is so delicious and it makes you feel so refreshed and utterly fulfilled that there’s really no improvement on simply eating it whole. The following recipes do, however, provide a fun, festive twist, perfect for your next backyard gathering.
• 3 cups finely chopped seedless watermelon
• 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
• 3 tablespoons lime juice
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
• 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.
Watermelon Icy Pops
• 5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into ice-pop molds, insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until firm, at least four hours.
• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1½ cups lemonade
• ½ cup fresh mint
1. Puree the watermelon and lemonade.
2. Stir in the mint and serve over ice.