Archive | July, 2014

Recipe Roundup: Summer Watermelon

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Watermelon conjures up distinct memories from childhood. A staple for my family at the beach, I remember sticky hands, seed spitting contests with the cousins and endless giggles surrounding this melon. You don’t need much other than a knife to enjoy watermelon but there are some fantastic recipes out there to spice up your watermelon this summer. Enjoy, and let the sweet watermelon juice flow!


Watermelon Sorbet – Kristi’s Farm To Table

Orzo Salad with Chicken, Watermelon and Feta – Rachel Cooks

Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles on Salted Watermelon With Mint + Basil – The First Mess

Watermelon Gazpacho – Food Confidence

Blackened Mahi Tacos with Corn and Watermelon Salsa – Spache the Spatula

Watermelon Pico de Gallo – The Pioneer Women

Pickled Watermelon Rind – The Cilantropist

Shrimp and Watermelon Salad – Better Homes and Gardens

Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Glaze – Bon Appetit

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas – Diane, A Broad

Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt – Food & Wine

Hungry for more melon madness? Check out our summer watermelon pinterest board.

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Finding Happiness in the Kitchen with Sorrel Pesto

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Remember when I cooked? Me too. To be fair, I’ve been cooking, but it’s been simple, unmemorable meals made quickly in between work. One of my goals for the year was to spend more time cooking, and I have been enjoying myself so much. I had forgotten how relaxing it is to putter away in the kitchen making a new dish.

I’ve also been exploring new ways to cook things that hadn’t really inspired me before, like sorrel, which I had never eaten before a few years ago. David Ansel of The Soup Peddler recommended using it in soup – no surprise there. I also tried it sauteed with chard and tried it in omelets, but I still hadn’t found my “go to”  recipe for this often sour, tangy green until I saw a recipe for sorrel pesto from

The picture of the recipe was a pretty, bright green and I was intrigued by the use of pepitas, or pumpkin seed kernels, which I already had in the pantry. I loved it!


The pumpkin seeds and parmesan cut the sour flavor of the green. The pesto was fantastic on pasta and as a dip. Isn’t it lovely with the watermelon radishes?

It just goes to show you – never give up on a vegetable! There’s a perfect dish out there for you if you look for it hard enough.

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July Texas Food Events

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Image from JBG U-Pick Tomato Event 2013.


The Hightower Charity Night 
Wednesday, July 2

The Hightower is hosting a Charity Night for AIDS Services of Austin. On July 2nd 20% of all food sales from the night will go directly to AIDS Services of Austin. Eat great food, enjoy the wonderful weather on the patio and benefit one of The Hightower’s favorite charities.

You Pick ‘Em at JBG 
Saturday, July 5, 8-11am

This year our Tomato U-Pick will take place at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden River Road Farm (4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612). Buy one (or more!) 10 lb boxes and fill with your choice of the delicious, certified-organic ‘maters. You-pick your favorite! This year we’ll have Slicing, San Marzano Sauce, Juliet Plum and several varieties of Cherry Tomatoes.  This event is open to all ages, so bring the kiddos! Pre-purchase tomato boxes at a discount and reserve your spot.

Texas BBQ Week
July 13-19

This July, TMBBQ will be hosting the second annual Texas Barbecue Week. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, Texans everywhere can visit participating barbecue joints to enjoy a featured “Texas Barbecue Week plate.” It’s a way to support the folks who are working hard to preserve the barbecue tradition—and to eat some of the state’s best smoked meat.

Last year more than 50 BBQ joints took part in the first ever state-wide Texas Barbecue Week and over $10,000 was raised to benefit Foodways Texas, which preserves the diverse food traditions of Texas. Check out all the joints participating this year!





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