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Fresh Watermelon, Strawberries & Memorial Day

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copyright 2009, Maria Liberati

 A Happy Memorial Day weekend.. Does this mean summer is finally here? It must be summer, I got to purchase my first baby watermelon yesterday and plan on eating the whole thing  myself!!

I can’t  think of a more refreshing way to spend a warm summer style day..besides it reminds me of my summers spent in the mountains of Abruzzo..eating lunch on the terrazzo and reveling in the beautiful Italian sun and peaceful quiet while being cooled down by  munching on a  slice of   sweet watermelon..

For those of you that don’t  want to eat a whole watermelon or would appreciate another type of fruit..try my second favorite summer time dessert fresh strawberries with lemon.

Fragole con Limone

1 pound of fresh strawberries

1 fresh lemon

1/4 cup sugar

handful of fresh mint leaves

Wash and quarter strawberries. Squeeze juice of one lemon on top, sprinkle sugar and toss gently. let marinade in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve  chilled garnished with fresh mint leaves.



Hope to see you on June 4th at Foster’s Gourmet in Philadelphia and /or Horsham Day in Horsham, Pa at Deep Meadow Park..See you then..

Happy summer eating.

Mangai Bene, Vivi Bene


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