Is my cantaloupe ripe? It is hard to tell when melons are ripe. Each person has his or her own special way. Here are two ways I have found that work for me:
Smell the end where the stem was. If it smells like a cantaloupe, it is ripe.
Gently shake the cantaloupe. If you hear the seeds sloshing around inside it is ripe. This is my favorite way to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe.
Tuna can sometimes be messy in a sandwich so, for a different summer lunch, put tuna in ice cream cones for the kids. The flavor of the cone and the tuna really tastes good together.
Need another way to use leftover mashed potatoes? Place leftover potatoes in a greased muffin tin and top with chopped onions, bacon or sausage, Parmesan cheese and a dab of butter. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.
Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Cottage Cheese Potato Salad*
Cottage Cheese Potato Salad
1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp. pepper, to taste
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4 large potatoes, cooked and cubed
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup radishes, sliced
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup green onions, diced
2 Tbsp. sliced black olives
Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. To make this go very quickly, slice and dice the veggies and hard boil the eggs the day before.
8-10 whole graham crackers
1 package brownie mix
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped peanuts
Arrange graham crackers in a 13×9 pan. Mix brownie batter according to directions on package. Pour over graham crackers. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips and peanuts. Bake five minutes longer until marshmallows are melted, puffy and golden. Cool before cutting.
Photo By: Steven Depolo