Finding Perfection in Unrip Fruit

Memorial Day is right around the corner and so are our fantasies of backyard BBQ's, fresh grilled food and succulent summer fruit.  However, this doesn't mean that you should shy away from using those fruits that aren't quite "ripe". I love these creative ways to salvage your unripe fruits in your recipes, to avoid waste but also to tap into their yet-to-be-discovered potential (sage advice from Celilia Estreich of Baldor Specialty Foods). Green Apricots This immature apricot is harvested early in the season and resembles a green … [Read more...]

Broiled Grapefruit

This afternoon I realized we not only had NO FOOD in the fridge and pantry  but, I was not emotionally capable of cooking.  Yesterday was my son's last day of school and today is my daughter's.  Another year gone by--- all too quickly.  I'm totally reflective and melancholic. To my surprise, there were two lone grapefruits in the fruit crisper in my fridge and immediately knew I wanted to make … [Read more...]

Blueberry and Cucumber Salad

  It’s high season for freshly-picked blueberries which runs from mid-June to mid-August.  When I shop for blueberries at the local farmer's market, I search for  firm, plump dry berries with smooth skins with a silvery sheen.  I also always refrigerated the blueberries as soon as I get them, transferring them from their tight containers to a covered bowl where they have room to breath, and not grow mold. Blueberries always have a reserved spot on our refrigerator shelf because, in addition to their sweet delectable flavor and … [Read more...]

Fruit Dip

It was such a beautiful day yesterday in the northeast yesterday.  A  day defined by blue skies, no humidity, and a comfortable 75 degree temperature. It was also a memorable day as My Judy the Foodie blog reached a bunch of milestones thanks to readers like you: My Judy the Foodie ranked #8 in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Foodie Moms Contest ! My Judy the Foodie Fan Page reached a whopping 5500 fans--- in just two short years! Very exciting. To celebrate, I've made a simple, fruity, tasty fruit dip that is so sweet and refreshing, … [Read more...]