Monday, November 14, 2011

Savor the Flavor

“Live in each season as it passes : breathe the air : drink the drink, taste the fruit.”

-Henry David Thoreas

As the days race toward the season of holidays, I’ve looked for ways to embrace the last of those beautiful autumn leaves and colors of fall. My dogs have enjoyed some extra walks around the neighborhood (always a good excuse to burn some extra calories and relax moods). I have even washed my car just to be outside.

As a southerner born and raised in the deep south, another season I savor is the flavors of summer, especially all of those melons (the only food I ever craved during pregnancy was cantaloupe. My father-n-law brought me an entire case from the local farmer’s market). For those who find it hard to give up those summer melons, you can capture the last of these flavors for weeks to come with this simple recipe for a fruity salad dressing provided that you are able to capture a few lingering melons from your grocery market.

Fruit Vinegar
Makes about 2 cups

2 cups Apple Wine Vinegar (The Delicious Dietitian brand of course)*
2 cups chopped cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, or other fruit of choice.
1. In medium saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil. Remove from
Heat and add fruit; let stand for 30 minutes. Place mixture
in blender, process until smooth.
2. Line a wire-mesh with a coffee filter and place over a non-
reactive bowl. Gently press the mixture through the strainer
Into the bowl using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice
Discard pulp. Pour mixture evenly into jar. Store in refrigerator
For up to 4 weeks.
*Note : other Delicious Dietitian Wine vinegars like the white muscadine or blueberry wine vinegar may be substituted.

Fruit Vinaigrette
Makes about ½ cup

¼ cup Fruit Vinegar (above recipe)
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Whisk all ingredients together and store in refrigerator
in an airtight container.

Refresh your taste buds with these summer flavors as you enjoy
this fruity recipe on some of your favorite green leaves .

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