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June's Featured Ingredient is: 


Nothing says ‘Summer’ to me more than watermelon.  When you hear the word,  what’s the first thing that pops into your head?  The moment you cut into it, it releases the most intoxicating aroma. So without further ado, let me share with you the watermelon recipes I’m testing and experimenting with!

Watermelon Three Ways:

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Canapes

Watermelon Vinaigrette

hand mixer

June’s Featured Kitchen Utensil: 

The Rasp Style Microplane Zester

rasp style microplane zester

I love this kitchen utensil!  There are all shapes and sizes of graters. The ‘Rasp Style’ refers to the long, skinny shape as seen here.  It often gets called a ‘microplane’ which is the company who first invented & patented it. 

 I use it for grating parmesan on pasta, zesting citrus, fresh nutmeg, garlic, shallots & fresh ginger. It produces a delicate yet  impactful effect on whatever it is added to. 

zesting an orange

 Culinary Tips, Techniques, & Trivia...

Have you ever come across a recipe that instructs you to “butterfly” the chicken breast? 

chicken filet
Chicken filet

Here’s what that means: You’re simply going to take your knife and begin to slice the chicken breast starting at the thickest part  but not go straight through.  Stop about a ½” before the end of the other side.  You want to be able to ‘open’ the chicken breast like you would a book.

Chicken filet

Reason for doing this? This creates a chicken breast that is essentially the same thickness, thus enabling even cooking.  Many recipes for chicken cutlets begin this way.  This also provides you with a ‘pocket’ to stuff the chicken. An easy way to impress those you’re cooking for!

It's 5:00 somewhere!

Watermelon Margaritas

Nothing screams Summer more than Watermelon with the exception of an ice cold Margarita.  So I combined both and created this refreshing Summertime cocktail that is easy to make!


watermelon cocktails
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