Fruit Pops, Melon-sicles

Fresh Fruit “Popsicles”

Summer is a time to enjoy fresh fruit.  Whether Hawaiian pineapple, whose season ends in July, papayas, or melons, which are the true fruit of summer, fruit goes well with summer grilling.   This is a simple idea for twist on serving fresh fruit during the summer.  Insert food grade popsicle sticks into wedges of fresh fruit and serve them chilled or frozen.  Simple, healthy, and portable, this figure friendly treat is certain to be a hit with your friends and family.  Simply cut your fruit into slender wedges. Insert a food safe popsicle stick.Then arrange the fruit on a plate […]

cucmber jicama and mango salad

Cucumber, Jicama, and Mango Salad

What’s better than cucumber and jicama salad?  Cucumber and jicama salad with mango.  This simple and refreshing salad is easy to make and tastes fantastic.  It can even be layered into 3 pint sized mason jars for a pretty and portable salad for a summer picnic, or it can be assembled in a bowl.  One of the things that makes this salad  so easy to prepare is that it contains only 5 ingredients.  The combination is figure friendly, too.  Cucumber, jicama, and mango are cut into bite-sized pieces and drizzled with lime juice before being sprinkled liberally with Tajin or […]

Jicama and cucumber salad in a jar

Cucumber Jicama Salad in a Jar

I realize that I keep sticking food in a jar and publishing it here on Patty Cake’s Pantry.  The reality is that I have begun to use mason jars more than I use my plastic food storage containers.   Seriously, you have no idea how often I use them.  I even take leftover soup to work in mason jars.  I store fresh berries and cut fruit in mason jars.  I don’t publish all of these ideas here, but every once in a while, I have another idea that I believe warrants publication.  This is one of those. I never ate a […]