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July 16, 2009 - 4:36am

I love biting into a wedge of sweet summer watermelon and letting the juice dribble down my chin. (I’ve been known to compete in seed-spitting contests with my friends, too.)

As enjoyable as that is, watermelon can be even more delicious when it’s prepared in unexpected ways—with a little fanfare added. I once devoured a bowlful of Watermelon Salsa by myself…in one sitting. I also love watermelon in sweet treats, like frosty beverages and creamy-frozen desserts.

Health bonus: Watermelon averages 40% more of the cancer-fighter lycopene per serving than tomatoes. Lycopene in watermelon is easily absorbed without cooking, unlike that in tomatoes, and is...

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July 7, 2009 - 4:36am

One of my favorite summer activities is berry picking, particularly blueberry picking (best summer fruit EVER!). A local blueberry farm has live music two nights a week, so my friends and I go to picnic and pick berries. We’re there for a few hours, and I always manage to pick way too many blueberries (even though I employ the “put-5-in-the-basket, put-handful-in-mouth” strategy).

Since my husband has high blood pressure, we eat a lot of blueberries—find out how they might help blood pressure and heart health. We freeze a bunch more and I love cooking with blueberries too. Here are a few of my favorite summer blueberry...

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June 30, 2009 - 4:36am

I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to summer sweet corn. And living in Vermont, the season starts much too late and ends much earlier than I’d like. When corn season hits, I’m the first in line at my favorite corn farmer’s stand at the farmers’ market. I also stop at a farmstand on my way home from work when I see the plump, bright green husks piled on the table. (You might even say I brake for corn.)

Then at home, the culinary alchemy begins. For starters, I’ll cut the kernels off an ear so I can snack on it raw while I make dinner. I might cook up one of my all-time favorite recipes, Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette. The roasting corn gets super-sweet...

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June 23, 2009 - 4:36am

My poor husband. He grew up in a family full of sweet tooths, a family who always ate dessert after dinner. I, on the other hand, was raised by a mother who always had a bag of Cheetos stashed in the corner cupboard and a father who is psyched when he can get a cheese plate for dessert when we go out to dinner.

So when we first moved in together I was just plain confused when I’d watch him root around the cabinets looking for something sweet after dinner. Dessert? Every night? Really?

I could only take his pitiful pillaging for so long. I decided it was time to whip up some healthy fruit desserts. Not only does he get a serving of fruit from his dessert, but they’re all ready in 15 minutes or less, so I don’t spend too much extra time in the kitchen. And I...

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June 15, 2009 - 4:36am

The idea of making jam used to freak me out a bit. (They didn’t exactly teach us how to make jam from scratch in culinary school.) A few years ago I decided it was time to overcome my fear. Luckily, my friend had already made a batch that summer, so I had someone to hold my hand through the process.

Get the recipe: Fresh Fruit Jam

It seems that I had nothing to be nervous about after all: it was way easier than I thought. And the jam was truly better than anything I had tasted.

Making homemade jam—or chutney or fruit butter—is a great way to preserve the best fruits of summer. You don’t need to go to culinary school either. Just follow these easy tips and you’ll never be afraid of...

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