For your next get-together, throw together something that's fresh, easy, and fun: melon, mozzarella, and jamón skewers. With cantaloupe and Spanish jamón Serrano, this sweet-savory combination on a stick will please even the toughest of crowds. The best part? It comes together in mere minutes. Watch our video for more details.
What happens when we combine two of our favorite things, Champagne and cupcakes? Find out when host Brandi Milloy joins Dannielle, co-owner of Sin City Cupcakes, in the kitchen to create an exclusive POPSUGAR cupcake. Watch as we learn the secret to an ethereal cupcake batter (hint: the lightness comes from two unique ingredients), then see how to build layers of fruit flavor with a tart kiwi filling and a melon-vodka-infused frosting. Check out our video, then see the recipe below.
While honeydew is categorized as a Winter melon, it's actually at its tasty peak during the Summer months. The sweet, refreshing flesh of honeydew pairs perfectly with the warmer weather, and because of its cooling effect on the palate, it's one of the favorites at the farmers market that I look forward to all week long.
When choosing, make sure to select honeydews that are nearly spherical and feel heavy, with a waxy skin. After you cut your melon, make sure you remove all the skin and scoop all the seeds out of the pumpkin-like center. Whether you cut it into cubes, slices, or take a melon baller to get a little fancy, this sweet tasty fruit is one of the best early-Summer treats straight from the Earth. Looking for a little recipe inspiration? Keep reading for honeydew melon recipes.
I love fruit as is, but I'm always looking for ways to make things more creative — especially since the mister is not as big of a fruitoholic as I'd like. He's much more likely to eat one of my fruit dishes over a plain apple or banana. I'm big into making smoothies and homemade fruity popsicles, and now I'm putting them onto a stick. Fruit kebabs are fun to make, and are huge hits at any party or dinner I've hosted. Something about food on a stick just makes people giddy.
To make your own fruit kebabs, get an assortment of different fruit and cut into bite-size pieces. After that, all that's left is to skewer! You can use standard kebab skewers to do so. I love arranging mine on a plate and serving them with a healthy dip like my homemade maple cinnamon yogurt dip, or peanut butter and honey dip. And, believe it or not, fruit kebabs taste great on the grill too. My favorite fruits to grill are peaches, pineapples, apples, and pears. Bust these out at your next barbecue — they're sure to be a hit!
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While I've had the classic pairing of pork and apples, and the more unconventional combination of pork and peaches, I've yet to try pork with melons. However, this enticing recipe brings the two ingredients together expertly with Jamaican jerk seasoning and honey.
One can only imagine that the spices provide a nice heat and the honey adds a subtle sweetness. Serving this meal on skewers appeals to children and makes it fun to eat, so get the recipe when you read more
Although not as widely known as peanut butter and jelly, or salt and pepper, I consider melon and prosciutto to be a classic flavor combination. There is something about the sweet juiciness of the melon that so wonderfully complements the salty porkiness of the prosciutto. Throw some fresh mozzarella in the mix and you've got an appetizer that is insanely divine to eat!
This recipe serves the trio on a skewer, making it the perfect crowd-pleasing cocktail party bite. A drizzle of thick basil oil takes the easy and quick-to-prepare brochettes to a whole new level of deliciousness. Sound like something you might enjoy? Get the recipe and read more
Refreshingly light, crisp, and juicy, melon is the perfect Summer food. You can make a mouthwatering fruit salad by mixing the different varieties, or enjoy them one at a time with some cottage cheese. I was curious to see how the many melons compare nutritionally, so I made a handy little chart. To find out which melon has the most potassium, and which has the least amount of sugar, keep reading
This CNN host was all grins, giggles, and flattery when she pitched the show over to the news correspondent on location. But instead of directing our attention to the reporter, she sent us flying headlong into the wonderful world of produce aisle boob slang. It was an honest accident, I'm sure.
Get ready to see many more melon-colored nails this spring. Check out Kristen Bell promoting her new movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. While her fingernails are a quite bright, there are tons of varying raspberry and fruit-punch colored polishes to choose from. Here are three of my favorite juicy melon-colored nail lacquers.
L'Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish in Mango Get Em ($4.99) is a quick-drying, toluene- and formaldehyde-free polish that claims to last seven days without chipping. It also contains a strengthening pro-keratin ingredient and results in a high-shine finish.
For two other melon-colored nail polishes, read more
Have you heard of Trophology? It is the study of food combining. Since foods digest at different rates you should avoid certain food combinations and some foods should just simply be eaten on their own. I have a friend who is really into trophology and she insists that melons of all kinds be eaten solo.
Her reasoning about melons goes like this - melons are really easy to digest since they're mostly made of water. Food combiners believe that melon should be eaten separately or only with other fresh fruits. When eating melons with other types of foods, like whole grains, dairy products or meat which all take longer to digest, the melon has to hang out in your stomach while the other food is digested. This holding pattern causes the melon to ferment and then cause gas pain and/or flatulence.
The only info I could find on this is from food combining websites - not so scientific data. So you can believe this and eat your melons on their own, or forget about it and enjoy your cantaloupe and cottage cheese. Personally I've never had a problem, but I guess ever body is different.