Like any good Southerner, I love watermelon… Mmkay, you know what? In the spirit of exhaustion and honesty this post-Music Fest week, Imma be real with you: I’m not really a fan.
I’ve choked it down at every Fourth of July catfish fry, I’ve tried it with salt (and if salt can’t help me, honey, I don’t know what can), and I’ve even had the vodka-soaked variety and frankly, I’ll leave it.
But as with so many things I’ve traditionally disliked, The Chef has found a way to make it not only palatable but actually good. Bacon, tomatoes and cheese have a hand in that, but the watermelon itself actually gets a dose of personality here, so go on and get out and proud and pretty with this one. You won’t be sorry.
2 cups watermelon, diced and seeded
2 cups assorted tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp toasted pecans
crumbled goat cheese (or mozzarella or blue cheese)
3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
- Get mixy and then serve atop spring greens. That’s all folks.
Continuing in the delusional vein that spring has just about sprung, The Chef brings you an easy salad dressing that will make you feel downright seasonal. This is another one that can double as a seafood sauce, so feel free to get creative up in herr-ah if you like.
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
salt to taste
3/4 cup of peanut oil
3/4 cup of veg oil
- Mix all ingredients except the oils. Allow the flavors to marry for at least 5 minutes.
- Slowly whisk in oils until all has been added and the vinaigrette is smooth and thickened.
- Serve on any spring salad or use it as a dressing for fish. Makes 2 cups.
While it will undoubtedly unnerve JR that we are prematurely posting a drink that is obviously a spring/summer beverage
on this cold, nasty day, sometimes you need a ray of sunlight at the end of the tunnel to get you through. (Geez, mixed metaphors much? I am NOT on my A-game today folks.)
The Chef says this recipe is a St. Simon’s classic. Sounds to me like Sneaky Punch
‘s slushy Southern cousin. And that simply cannot be bad.
2 6oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 6oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup lemon juice
2.5 cups bourbon
1 2-liter of 7up/Sprite
- Mix all ingredients.
- Freeze for 8 hours.
- Get slushed.