Seasonal Sundays (Week 28) Melon Season!

Grab an extra cantaloupe, a watermelon, even a honeydew because there's life beyond slices and wedges. Today I'm sharing seven long-time recipes, some classics, some on the unusual (in a good way!) side. Don't let summer pass by without trying one or two or more recipes, it's time to lean into summer melons.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

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We eat year-round, of course, but for the next couple of months, the fresh choices are almost overwhelming! Who needs chocolate? unless skewered into a big watermelon boat like Two-Bite Brownies? or pasta? unless it's outnumbered by summer vegetables like Garden Pasta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette? or ??? when there's such an abundance of fruits and vegetables?!

Who needs a farmers market or a farm stand (although, of course, do!) when grocery stores stock bin after bin of produce, often just-harvested and local?

It's a heady time to be a seasonal cook, yes?!

So for the next few weeks, count on me to tempt you with fruits and vegetables, suppers and sides and soups (yes! summer soups!) and smoothies and salads and and and and ...

First up: melons! (Oh boy. Soooo many !!!!!! )

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: No doubt, this week's melon choice is inspired by a hefty watermelon carried to the country last Sunday, perched carefully in cold, fast-moving river water to chill, cut into hefty wedges to the delight of kids and grown-ups and, um, dog, alike. Three fun and feisty girls ages four to seven (great-grand nieces!) returned to the food table again and again for "Just one more, please-please, Auntie Al!" FYI the photo is a from a stock photo service but oh, that's the right age and those are the right eyes.

In Praise Of ...

  • ... an electric juicer (affiliate link) when juicing a dozen limes for cherry limeade, it extracts so much juice so much faster, works on lemons too, of course!
  • ... movie and TV recommendations which include "where in heck" to find them, so many choices anymore, #RememberWhenNetflixWasTheOnlyOne?
  • ... the idea of "come over for [insert idea]" from Cup of Jo, I adore this idea, so quick and casual and impromptu ... maybe popsicles? ice cream sundaes? leftover cake?

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.


Cantaloupe Salad with Feta & Basil, another easy summer recipe ♥, just sweet summer melon in an almost-savory salad, just five ingredients. Make it for lunch, make it dessert. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Cold & Creamy Cantaloupe Soup ♥, a simple chilled summer soup of ripe melon and milk, brightened with a little lemon zest.

Summer's Best Melon Ball & Blueberry Salad, another Summer Easy recipe ♥ Beautiful Color. Great for Potlucks & Light Weeknight Meals. Weight Watchers Friendly.

How to Sweeten Lemonade with Fruit Not Sugar, summer experiments with ♥ using pineapple, watermelon and more.

Fruity Gazpacho ♥, an unusual savory-sweet, vegetable-fruit soup that's good as an appetizer, an entrée, even a dessert. Positively fresh and delicious.

Mexican Fruit Salad ♥, a light and simple fruit salad with a surprising mix of spices and fruits.

Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad ♥, an unusual and refreshing salad, a bright mix of chopped fruits and vegetables tossed with no more than salt and pepper and a little cinnamon. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. No Added Fat.

Melon Recipes ♥, sweet & savory, intriguing fruit salads and so much more.
  • THE COLLECTION Melon Recipes including cantaloupe (muskmelon), honeydew and watermelon, sweet and savory both.
  • SO ORGANIZED! By Ingredient, Kitchen Parade recipes listed ingredient by ingredient, so much easier than search.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Scalloped Potatoes & Beets, another creative vegetable side dish ♥ Just four ingredients + pantry staples. Beautiful color!

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the oatmeal, salad dressing and sautéed greens on repeat this time of year.

St. Louis Pork Steaks ♥, the St. Louis tradition except tender, juicy and not doused in bbq sauce.
  • THIS WEEK We got our wires crossed and my husband thought he was doing dinner for four instead of just dinner for us. So when I emerged from an "afternoon project," he had these on the grill. This is such a great way to cook pork steaks!
  • THE RECIPE St. Louis Pork Steaks A St. Louis tradition cooked in a contemporary way instead of dousing with bbq sauce.

Charcuterie for Two ♥ Practical tips and ideas for convivial meals for special occasions and celebrations.
  • THIS WEEK He also put together an ever-so-pretty tray of four different cheeses and four summer fruits, nectarines, apricots, raspberries, blackberries. It was really interesting to see which combinations brought our cheesy-fruity nuances. I couldn't believe we went through it all! I know, I know, it's hardly a "recipe" but wow, talk about "Summer Easy". We'll definitely do the fruit-cheese board again soon.
  • THE HOW-TO Charcuterie for Two Practical tips and ideas for convivial meals for special occasions.

Baked Bacon ♥, how to cook bacon in the oven, so easy, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too!
  • THIS WEEK We can't do brunch for the twin grandsons without a piiiiiile of bacon. It never fails to elicit grins!
  • THE RECIPE Baked Bacon How to cook perfect bacon in the oven.

Fried Bread, for the best toast ever ♥ How to toast bread without a toaster, crisp and golden.
  • THIS WEEK Gotta fill those boyzz up! This time we used a loaf of sourdough from Whole Foods.
  • THE RECIPE Fried Bread (Skillet Toast) Slices of hearty bread, toasted in a pan until crisp and golden. (PIN This)

Five-Minute Fruit Salad ♥, it's all in the presentation.
  • THIS WEEK This really added to that impromptu brunch, just fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries and a few small cookies.
  • THE RECIPE Five-Minute Fruit Salad It's all in the presentation! (PIN This)

Summer Poke Cake with Strawberries & Blueberries ♥, so fresh and festive all summer long.
  • THIS WEEK It's crazy but I can't quit this cake (which you've seen recently as a Canadian Flag Cake) and mixed up the third one in as many weeks for a July 4th party where people ... just graaaavitated toward it. And a few days later, when we had a $30 cake from Whole Foods that came highly recommended (and indeed, was pretty good), my husband said, "I like yours better" and you know what? Me too!
  • THE RECIPE Summer Poke Cake with Strawberries & Blueberries A fun, festive cake for summer. (PIN This)

Just Updated!

Cucumber-Mango Salad, another favorite summer salad ♥ with tiny spikes of honey & hot sauce.

Southwestern Chicken Taco Salad Plates, another Quick Supper ♥ No cooking, just assembly. Summery and adaptable.

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