summertime recipes

When the temperature goes up, here’s a refreshing way to cool down.

This Watermelon Spritzer is simple to make and contains significant levels of

vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.


Watermelon Lime Spritzer

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

¾ cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

2 ½ cups carbonated water (seltzer, Perrier, etc)

5 each lime slices for garnish


Place the watermelon in a blender.  Cover and process until blended.  Strain and

discard the pulp; transfer the juice to a pitcher.  Stir in limeade concentrate and

refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.  Just before serving, stir in carbonated water, pour

over ice and garnish with lime slices


There has always been a debate whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable.

What experts do know is that tomatoes are great for you! Tomatoes are a rich

source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. Tomatoes contain a wide array of

beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline,

folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.


Vine Ripened Tomatoes with Basil and Balsamic

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

½ sweet onion, sliced thin

8 leaves of basil, sliced thin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Cracked black pepper

1 oz olive oil

1 oz. balsamic vinegar


Combine the tomatoes and onions.  Spread out on serving platter. Season with salt

and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over evenly. Sprinkle the basil

leaves on top.  Garnish with while sprigs of basil.


This recipe tastes best when prepared 1 hour ahead of serving and allowed to sit at

room temperature.