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Watermelon, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

I saw a recipe that intrigued me: a salad of watermelon, cucumbers, and avocado. I tried it and was disappointed. It asked for a combination of balsamic vinegar and watermelon: the result was a color disaster with the bright watermelon color immediately transformed to “old tomato red.” The flavor was too simple, lacking the depth…

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Watermelon Gazpacho from Austin

On Wednesday, we were in Olive, New York. It was snowing a bit. The daffodils held their heads up nobly. Suzen searched for the car keys and escape. Today, Saturday, we are in Austin. No immediate threat of snow. Suzen is basking in the heat. But to offset the 90°, our daughter-in-law Michele supplied a…

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Grilled Flank Steak with Spicy Pepper and Watermelon Salad

I cling to summer. It seems the shortest of seasons. Winter must be six months longer. And while I do love my snowshoeing, I can wait. I treasure the idea of enjoying grand summer meals for just another month or two. I can’t win this war of the seasons. But we can all still win…

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Watermelon Salad with Tomato, Goat Cheese and Pistachio

Here’s a salad filled with favorite flavors, but I doubt you’ve ever seen them combined this way. From The Book of Tapas by Simone and Ines Ortega, I recently served this dish at a party. I put it down, turned around, and found that it almost instantly disappeared. There’s something here for everyone: watermelon, tomato,…

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