Monthly Archives: August 2017
On this day in 1912, blues great John Lee Hooker was born. I like his song Boom Boom so much that I’m going to share it here twice — once just for the pure joy of watching him play guitar and again because it’s one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies. Enjoy!
August is National Coffee Month and why not keep it simple. I love a strong black coffee brewed via French press for 6 minutes. Enjoy your coffee your favorite way today!
Watermelon is wonderful just as it is but if you want to do a little something different for National Watermelon Day, Emeril Lagasse’s My First Watermelon Granita can be a fun change of pace. This is one of my favorite summertime treats. This time when I made it, I used a yellow seedless watermelon that had a bright, citrus-y flavor on it’s own. The recipe intensified the citrus-y element, which makes for wonderfully bright and light taste.
My First Watermelon Granita
- 5 cups peeled and seeded watermelon chunks (from about a 3-pound slice of watermelon)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Place the watermelon chunks in the bowl of a blender or a food processor, replace the top, and blend on high speed until very smooth. Turn the blender off.
- Transfer the watermelon puree to a mixing bowl and add the sugar and lime juice.
- Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Transfer the mixing bowl to the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the freezer and use a fork to scrape any ice crystals from the sides of the bowl. Stir to incorporate the crystals. Return to the freezer.
- Repeat this scraping procedure every 30 minutes, or until the consistency is “snowy” when scraped with a fork or spoon, at least 4 hours. Then scoop into bowls or dessert glasses and serve.