Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Back in the Litchfield Groove

Ahhh! Home Sweet Home, for the time being. I finished my internship at UCONN this past Sunday, which was a blast. Learned a lot, and met a lot of really cool people. It is weird to think after 2 months there, I may never return : ( If anyone is interested in foodservice, especially at college/universities I strongly suggest the NACUFS internship. It's paid, a lot of fun, and you learn so much!! So glad I made the choice to pursue it.

As soon as I finish getting settled back in Litchfield, I will be off and running (well rather driving 21 hours!) to my new home for the year down in Montgomery, AL. My dietetic internship with the Department of Education awaits me, and leave the 27th of July. So long sweet summer, hello sweet tea!

For the time being, to keep me busy since it's not like I have my whole life to pack away into my little car I wanted to share a new summer recipe I made. It's a fruit salad, but a little different than your run of the mill grapes, cantaloupe, and strawberries. I was originally going to use watermelon, but since peaches and plums were on the discount rack at the grocery store I thought I would give them a try. I'm always one for a bargain! The result was delicious and a nice change after eating my weight in cantaloupe and honeydew.

Fresh Fruit Salad
makes about 3 cups

5 medium peaches, washed and chopped
5 medium plums, washed and chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2 sprigs fresh mint, chopped
pinch of sugar (optional)

I started by chopping up the fruit, and placing in a large bowl.  My peaches and plums were reeeallllyy ripe (hence the discount shelf), so they were a bit soft, but they were really sweet. I think I would prefer them to have more of a firm texture so I would try to use fruit that isn't overly ripe.

Next I zested the lime, cut it in half and squeezed the juice into the bowl with the fruit. Add the zest as well.

Use just the leaves of the mint sprigs, and chop. Add to the fruit. I rarely ever buy fresh mint, but it is soo refreshing, especially if you add some to a glass of iced lemonade!

If your fruit isn't as ripe, adding a pinch of sugar, and mixing helps to give the salad enough sweetness. Cover, and store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the flavor party to start.

There you have a new take on the classic fruit salad. I love experimenting with new fruits, and I bet this would be good with pretty much any fruit. I mean come on, who doesn't like fruit salad?!

Hope to keep updating, and will be sure to add a southern addition to the blog as my internship starts. Excited to meet the new roomies and get settled in to the southern lifestyle.

Happy Wednesday!

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