Techniques: The Watermelon

Did you know a watermelon is 92% water? You’ll never have to wonder again why it’s called a watermelon. Among water, watermelons contain vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. While it’s available year round, watermelon is best for flavor and optimum nutrients in the summertime.

Random watermelon facts:

  • Contrary to popular belief, the entire watermelon can be utilized, not just the flesh and juice. The rind can be pickled or even sauteed.
  • A watermelon is a “cousin” in the botanical family to pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash.
  • There are over 300 different varieties of watermelon
  • The worlds heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 lbs, grown by Chris Kent in Tennessee in 2013

Cutting a watermelon can sometimes be an intimidating task because of its size. However, a watermelon is cut very similarly to a cantaloupe and a pineapple. Here’s our tutorial:

 

For more technique videos, check out our techniques video series page to see the list.

Thanks for watching!

-K

Basil Vinaigrette

Happy Friday, friends! Friday’s mean different things for everyone – for some, it means sleeping in and slowing down. For others, it means soccer games and birthday parties. Whatever your story, I can speak for most to say is hard to stay on track with healthy habits on the weekend.

That’s why I wanted to share with all of you my favorite dressing recipe. Salads have always been something I have struggled to like. I started experiment with different dressings and toppings until I’ve found a few that I not only like, but actually crave.

This recipe is simple and quick. All you need is a few ingredients and a blender!

Fresh Basic Plant in a Pot

Basil is from the herb family Lamiaceae, which is actually the mint family. There are many health benefits that come from eating basil. It is high in Vitamin A, which has many perks including, but not limited to: the prevention of abnormal blood clotting, the protection of the body from air pollution and toxic tobacco smoke, alleviation of heartburn, and promotion of a regular appetite. It’s high in Vitamin K, which also promotes healthy blood clotting. These are just a few of the benefits. Have I convinced you to eat more basil yet?

Basil Vinaigrette Ingredients

This recipe is versatile – if you enjoy other herbs more, you can interchange them or even combine them. If you want to use this on tacos instead of salad, swap the basil for cilantro and add lime juice/zest. Cater it to your liking!

Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 1/2 T garlic, minced
  • 2 T cider vinegar
  • 0.75 oz container basil (or 1/4 cup packed)
  • 1/3rd cup oil
  • To taste, salt and pepper
  • To taste, sugar

Procedure:

  1. Add all ingredients besides oil in a blender. Blend on medium until smooth.
  2. Reduce speed to low and stream in oil Blend until fully incorporated.
  3. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and sugar.

*This will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.*

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Try on a salad as pictured above with kale, quinoa, chicken, and fresh apple! You can even use it on a spread for sandwiches.

Need something to store your dressings in? I recommend these by OXO!

OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker, Black

Enjoy!

-K

In Season: Spring

It’s finally spring. I’m so excited I wet my plants! But for real… living in Chicago, winter goes on for most of the year. This is the time to shed winter fat and bring on spring rolls. Or something like that.

Spring is the season for light and fresh foods. Though you can get most produce year-round now, the flavors and colors of in season fruits and vegetables are hard to beat. Spring is the season for white and green asparagus, cauliflower, strawberries, and so much more.

We’ve put together a guide of fruits and vegetables that are in season for the spring. We encourage you to print it out and keep it handy when meal planning, or even bring it to the grocery store with you.

spring produce

You’ll never have to miss out on the prime time to eat spring produce again! Curious as to when a certain fruit or vegetable is in season? Feel free to message us and ask! We’d be happy to hear from you.

My favorite source for knowing when ingredients are in season and for helpful pairing tips is The Flavor Bible (and it’s new sister book The Vegetarian Flavor Bible). Check it out here:

Happy Spring, friends!

-K