Is It Fresh?
Jun. 24, 2011 11:50 pm
Updated: Jun. 29, 2011 12:33 pm
I've known for years that when choosing a watermelon, you give it a good "thump," but what it's supposed to sound like when ripe escapes me...
I did however read an article in our newspaper FOOD section a week or more ago, that the "squeeze" test may result only in bruised fruit. The reporter's opinion is that it's best to give it a "sniff" test... If it smells heavenly, it will taste great... if
it has no smell, it will have no flavor. I do believe that I'll adopt this rule of thumb. Well, for the summer, at least!
Just this afternoon, I bit into a nectarine, which smelled great, but actually had a spot on one side that was hard as a rock! Nor did it taste as I had expected... save the other one for later days, I guess, as it has no aroma to speak of at all. The same
applies to a honeydew melon I picked up weeks ago, and left on the counter ignored for at least two weeks... When I cut it up, I was disappointed. Perhaps it's just too early in the season? I doubt it... I presume that the groceries want "fresh" fruit,
rather than "perfectly ripe," so as not to have it all rot while on the display!
While I say that it may be too early in the season, we are, afterall, close to California... I can only expect that their growing season begins much earlier than in the midwest! Unless of course, the fruit is coming from Chile...
I'm also reading in the "food" section about Farmer's Markets springing up around town, and farmers selling their locally grown... but then, there are the restaurants, who seem to gobble up the best of the best! Also, by the time I'm up, and get my heart pumping,
they all seem to be closing up for the week! Alas, my loss, perhaps.
Today's trip to Costco, which was unusual in one aspect... I only went a few weeks ago (and normally go only every 4-6 weeks.) Besides a couple of necessities, I did pick up a few items that I won't need for a week or longer... I just decided to be prepared.
I also picked up a couple items for a friend, tho his sister had asked for marischino cherries... could I find them? Not only were they not in the area that I thought they were in, they hadn't been moved... I checked out the same area at least twice... maybe
three times! Cashier said he'd not seen any in the store for some time... Sorry, Rose! I did pick myself up a 3lb bag of colombian coffee beans for $15-16! Again, thinking that I might run out, before I really need to return!
I've managed to "cook" all week using only the toaster oven, and/or micro, which suits me just fine! This whole "cook enough for two extra meals" idea seems to be working. Last time I boiled spuds, I made mashed taters, again served leftover + a few more
from the "batch," for meal 2, and just tonight made the remaining into tater salad, enough to last for 1-2 more meals! Add the tater salad to the pork chops, baked with bbq sauce, and a salad that I made with broccoli as a start... Lightly steamed it, dropped
it into an ice bath, drained, adding halved cherry tomatoes, and half a jar of marinated artichoke hearts. Finished it off with a dressing of bottled Italian... I found it to be rather boring, and may well add some "Mrs Dash" seasoning... At least the broccoli
was "used up" before it went all "sideways!" Oooh... I could give it a good dose of "McCormick" salad supreme seasoning... guess I' must taste each to decide! I really had thought that the artichokes and Ital. dressing would have given it some zip... guess
I was wrong!
So, sorry that CrazyCook has been absent a while, but have been absorbed in other efforts, and having not really done much cooking, haven't felt that I've anything worthwhile to share!
Till next time, be healthy, be happy, and be ???? "Crazy" works best for me!