The passing of Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. And though that means that most of us will have to wait until 2015 for our next day at the beach, picnic in the park, or weekend away at the lake, the news is not all bad. The farmers markets are still filled with summer fruits and vegetables, and it only takes a knife and a blender to turn tomatillos into salsa and cantaloupe into juice. With flavors and colors like those, summer isn’t over yet!
If you think this is a product placement ad, you’re correct. But it’s not for the blender (which, by the way, was a much-loved gift from much-loved friends). It’s for what’s inside the blender: cantaloupe. I love to chop it up, puree it in the blender, and drink down the delicious, frothy drink on a hot summer day. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by its smoothie-like consistency even without the addition of yogurt or other dairy products. If you’re so inclined, you can add a little fresh lime juice and a sprig of spearmint, but you won’t miss them if they’re not readily at hand. Oh – and one piece of advice: don’t get so excited that you forget to put the lid on the blender before turning it on.