Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Watermelon

Photo by moreno0101
Perhaps this is sacrilege on a blog populated by homemade cookies and New Orleans pralines, but today I want to sing the praises of one of nature's great desserts: watermelon. I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent seedless melon at the supermarket this early in the season. My favorite preparation is peeling the melon, cutting it into fairly large cubes (perhaps 1.5 inches per side), and putting it in a bowl in the refrigerator. The melon then gets uniformly icy cold, and it's easy to eat with fingers or a fork.

I love the juicy crunch as I bite into a piece of watermelon and the sweet, pungent flavor that is unmatched by any other fruit. While regular watermelon is equally delicious, I prefer seedless to avoid the crunch of hidden seeds and the hassle of trying to avoid them. A cube of a decently ripe seedless watermelon, though, is a bite or two of pure perfection.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Add a new entry to the catalog of "snack-y desserts I wish I didn't know existed." Specifically, Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger. Now, usually I don't like things covered in dark chocolate. Partly that's because the dark chocolate often isn't very good. Partly it's because the bitter, complex flavor of dark chocolate is too strong to blend well with the filling. Somehow, though, Trader Joe's gets it right. Small chunks of crystallized ginger are coated in a smooth, mild dark chocolate that complements the sweet and spicy ginger flavor perfectly. I can "thank" my sister-in-law for the discovery of these morsels, as she decided to try them during a recent run to TJ's while visiting us. In the end, I ate about half the package. That will teach her to keep a delicious dessert within arm's reach!