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Summer fruit recipes

Aug. 19, 2010

By Ginger Isham

It has taken me a little while to find the other recipes I knew I had but, at last, here they are and I hope they inspire my readers. So many times I use the same recipes and think others may also, but I always look for a new way to use the “fruits of our labor.”

Cold Strawberry Soup

1 quart of fresh or frozen strawberries

1/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup yogurt (plain and non-fat)

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons sugar or maple syrup

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix all ingredients and blend until smooth. Chill 2 to 3 hours. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream, fruit or mint.

A Forgotten Pudding

This is an elegant dessert for hot weather.

5 egg whites

1 1/2 cups sugar (I use 1/4 cup less)

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon and 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring

1 cup heavy cream

1 quart of black raspberries

Beat egg whites until stiff and gradually add sugar. When stiff and glossy add cream of tartar, salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Grease a 9-by-9-inch baking dish and sprinkle with cornstarch. Pour meringue mix into pan and spread evenly. Place in preheated oven of 450 degrees. Immediately shut off oven and let meringue cook for 4 hours without opening oven. Remove from oven and let cool. Whip cream until stiff and spread over the meringue. Place in fridge for 4 hours or more. Serve by cutting into squares and top with crushed berries mixed with the remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Ursula’s Cold Summer Drink

A friend found this recipe on the Internet and served it to a few of us for lunch recently and it is delicious!

3 cups watermelon, cubed

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (without sugar), sliced

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Put all in blender and blend until smooth. You will want seconds!

Lime-Yogurt Dressing for Cantaloupe

Mix 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, pinch of cardamom seasoning, honey to taste. Pour over 1 cut-up cantaloupe and place in fridge. Serve cold.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

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