Watermelon Punch

Add this drink to your summertime picnic or party. Made with watermelon balls, agave, (or coconut nectar), and lemon,  it’s served in a decorative watermelon bowl with pine nuts. (Makes about 20 servings) 1 small seedless watermelon (about 10 lbs.) ½ cup agave nectar or coconut nectar. 1 Tbs lemon juice, from about 1 lemon… Read more

7 Cooling Foods for Hot Summer Days

 I remember that in my growing up years, even living in a mild climate, summer meals were often salads, cold cuts, and lots of fresh fruit.  It’s as if we’ve instinctively known that our dietary needs change somewhat with the seasons, and we eat things that tend to keep our body temperatures within reason, even… Read more

Strawberry Fields Salad

For the salad: 6 cups mixed spring greens (or other dark leafy green mixture) 6 large strawberries, washed, tops removed and sliced 1 small bunch of fresh basil or mint leaves, chopped 1/3 cup candied nuts (optional) 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, optional 1/4 cup rawmesan cheese (see recipe below) For the dressing: 1/4… Read more

Watermelon Soup

(Watermelon is a natural diuretic, and is also helpful in alleviating depression.  It also contains more lycopene than tomatoes which have been shown helpful in protecting against some cancers.  Not only that, this soup is delicious – a sure crowd pleaser at summer suppers and picnics.) 5 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed 2 cups mango,… Read more

Collard Rolls

These may sound unexciting, but they are superb and perfect for summer weather.  The marinated onion and portabella mushrooms give it a great flavor!  – Alissa Cohen 2 very large collard leaves 1 small zucchini, shredded 1 carrot, shredded 1 avocado or guacamole (see recipe below) 1 cup sliced onion ringlets 1 cup portabella mushrooms, cut… Read more