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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Who's Your Daddy? Watermelon Salad

I was in a check out line at the grocery store on Saturday before Mother's Day.  The man in front of me was buying flowers and a card when the clerk suddenly said, "Everybody does something for Mother's Day, but nothing for Father's Day.  In my neighborhood, don't nobody know who their daddy is."  That statement said volumes about modern culture, but I'm not going there.

I know who my Daddy is and I'm having a barbecue today in honor of all the fathers in our extended family including my son who is an expectant father.  We're enjoying a beautiful day and thankful for the fine men who have provided for us and nurtured us through the years.

Watermelon Salad, a relatively new creation, is a big hit in the hot summer month's.  It's a cool balance to the smokey, piquant flavors of barbecue  My cute little 6 year old great niece helped create this version.

4 cups watermelon cut in 2 inch cubes
1 cup peeled and sliced cucumber
1 medium red onion sliced thin
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Dress with 1/2 cup reserved watermelon juice
2 tbls red wine vinegar
2 tbls canola oil
1 tsp honey

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