Weekend Cooking: New Cookbooks, A Festive Fourth of July Salad, and Blueberries (34/99)

Cookbooks - 7-2016

I’m craving some new recipes (my eternal, elusive quest for meals the whole family can and will eat) and have been checking out a bunch of cookbooks and foodie magazines from the library. We’re lucky; our library has an abundant cookbook section and it’s not unusual for me to bring home a pile of them.  I may not always get around to preparing anything from them, but there’s something so indulgent about browsing through a stack of cookbooks for inspiration.

(Plus, magazines count as a book for our library’s Summer Reading Program, so that’s another reason to consume them.)

We don’t have anything going on this weekend for the 4th of July.  The Boy and I went to ALDI today and got a bunch of fruit, including a gigantic seedless watermelon. I chopped it into cubes — it filled a huge container that would have easily cost $20 if I’d purchased it pre-made — and made this very festive Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad for dinner (along with hot dogs).

(Literally, that’s all it is: watermelon, blueberries, and feta cheese.)

Watermelon-Blueberry-Feta Salad

The berries are from our own backyard. One of the more pleasant things we acquired with this house were four blueberry bushes.  Of those, one has stopped producing and one never started, but the other two usually give us a decent amount.

This was tonight’s harvest. I’d estimate this to be about slightly less than half a pint. Hopefully we’ll get a few more this season before the birds make them disappear.

Blueberry harvest 7-2-2016

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking: New Cookbooks, A Festive Fourth of July Salad, and Blueberries (34/99)

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  2. mae

    When a small amount of work gives you such a multiplier on value, that’s really fun … cutting up your own watermelon sounds so simple! Not to mention that yours is fresher. The blueberries look delicious and it’s a great July 4th idea.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  3. Beth F

    Fresh picked berries are the best! And I love summer fruit salads — I could practically live on them.

    I love Dinner Solved (and her other book — Mom 100). I like Cooking Light magazine. I don’t know the other cookbooks, hope they’re great.

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