Saturday, September 17, 2011

When life hands you cantaloupe...

...Make Summer Melon and Radish Salsa
The poor cantaloupe is a hard sell these days, what with all the bad press its getting.  Can I just say that I have never been a fan of cantaloupe to begin with...listeria or no.  I think I have been regionally misplaced as far as cantaloupe consumption goes.  Everyone I know likes to eat their cantaloupe in fruit salad.  Bleh... I might have done better liking this melon if I grew up where it was eaten with salt and pepper, or even a thin slice of prosciutto. Well, there was a sad little melon sitting in the fridge, uneated and very ripe, from last weeks organic CSA box, so I thought I would give this recipe (from this week's CSA box) a try.
1 1/2 cups diced melon
1/2 c. diced cucumber
3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 radishes, chopped fine
4t. lemon or lime juice
1T. fresh cilantro, minced
salt and pepper to taste
This is seriously, excellent excellent salsa.  Not only is it pretty, bright, sunny and crispy, it is delicious, as in you could just eat the whole bowl for dinner, and you might.  That being said, the other recipe in this week's box of produce seemed to pair nicely with this salsa, so if you don't want to just eat a straight-up bowl of salsa for dinner, you could try it too:
Black Bean Quesadillas with summer squash
2 T. oil
1 small onion, minced
1 large bell pepper, finely chopped,
1 medium summer squash, chopped
3 oz of mushrooms, also chopped (are you seeing a trend here?)
2 cloves of garlic
1 T. chili powder or other seasoning of your choice 
I used the ancho-chipotle blend from here
1 cup black beans (cooked) 
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
Salt and pepper
tortillas (I make my own using this recipe)
1cup shredded cheese.
Sautee the first 8 items from the list together in order of ones that need the most cooking to the ones that need the least.  Shut off the heat, add the cilantro and then use the veggie mix, tortillas and cheese to make quesadillas.  I'm not going to explain to you how to make a dang quesadilla... if you don't know, maybe you should watch Napoleon Dynamite again, gosh.
You know who else liked this dinner?
My 15-month-old.  
It just goes to show that kids are down with trying new things,
especially when they are bright-colored and bite-sized.
 Here is the plate I made for her... she was definitely a huge fan of the tortillas,
and black beans, but then she ate bits of almost every thing else too.
Happy weekend, and happy cooking to you all:)


  1. Yum! and pretty too! Copy/print that recipe for use with all our end-of-season summer squash, cukes and cilantro. Perhaps today. Hoping for a dry day to gather chanterelles...

  2. mmm... yeah, you guys would like it. You could definitely tweak it around too... I think jicima (sp?) would be good instead of radishes, and you could use more or less of anything--as in most salsa recipes. Maybe even some hot peppers--I left those out for Sadie's sake. I hope you find some chanterelles. Must be some out and about after all that rain?

  3. sadie is 14 months old. not 15 months old. quit trying to rush time!!!!!!!!!! ;) [you made me triple think and make sure i wasn't the one counting wrong LOL].

    in fact, HAPPY 14th MONTH BIRTHDAY [tomorrow], SADIE!! we always celebrate the 18th of every month. ok we dont really. but i always think we should. :)

    and yes you must be regionally misplaced because cantalopes are pretty much PURE HEAVEN!!!!!!! and we dont do anything to fancy them up. pick from garden. cut and eat. period! one day nick ate 3. i watched him eat all three, himself.

    but those dishes you made look reallly good!

  4. OMG..You are totally right. Let me say this... My 14 month old is going through a horrible sleeping spell and my facts are clearly garbled. Sheesh.
    Happy 14 month birthday to Blaine too. I bet cantaloupe ARE really good when you can pick one fresh out of the garden. I would probably love them then...just by themselves:)

  5. This dish was a huge hit at after-church potluck brunch. We'll be doing it again, for sure:) Thanks!