Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.
Here is what I did for July 4, in case you were curious. Some recipes have been posted already, including the farro and oven-fried chicken. There will be more recipes coming, hopefully for the sticky rice (K’s mom’s recipe), the soup, caramel sauce, and veggie dip. In the meantime, some pictures and a recipe for our main drink of the day. I was inspired by a watermelon lemonade margarita I saw online. The combination sounded tasty, so I bought some nice lemonade from Costco and made a watermelon granita to go with it. Well…apparently large watermelons have lots of juice, so I had about 8 cups of juice…from part of the watermelon! I ended up using the remaining amount as just “juice”. If you don’t want to make granita, you can also make ice cubes from it (we did that, too). And, you can add vodka to make it “adult”. We had many non-drinkers and some who had indulged recently, so most had the virgin version.
I had been wanting to make this for a while, but first I had to make some other random treats. We love Molly Moon Ice Cream and were super excited when we got to go to the release party for their cookbook. I’ve already made some of their ice cream flavors (must post some more!!) but wanted to try their sorbets. The style is different from what I’ve made before. You end up making a simple syrup and mix it with the blended fruit. I was not sure how it would change the texture and/or flavor. To be honest, I do not think it did much. You could probably make this more like the basic sorbet style of using a food processor/blender to mix everything. But, it was nice and smooth, so maybe you want to try it this way?
That’s right, you get two lemonades for the price of one post! The sight of Meyer lemons inspired donuts, and they also inspired lemonade. I squeezed extra lemon juice when I made the donuts so that I could make some lemonade. The funny part is that even though I’ve made all sorts of dishes, I had never made lemonade before, so I was excited to find some ideas and methods.