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The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun Summer Ideas with Watermelon!

AMERICANA BASKET
Using an oblong watermelon, slice ¼ inch off the bottom lengthwise to provide a stable base. Use a pencil to draw lines for handle placement and basket opening.
Cut the handle first, wide enough to hold stars, then make zig-zag cuts with a paring knife, all the way through the rind (be careful to not cut through handle base on either side). Carefully remove sections, pull out large chunks of flesh, and cut them into 3” x 3" squares. From squares, trim off 3/4" thick slices to use for cutting out stars. To cut stars use 1 1/2" to 3" star shaped cookie cutters. Next, cut out 5 large star shaped pieces from the left-over rind,
(use a paring knife if necessary), for the handle. Trim off red flesh and attach to basket handle with white side out with half toothpicks. Use an ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside of basket and cut scoops into quarters for the fruit salad. Place in bottom of the basket. Use a white fleshed melon such as ripe honeydew to cut out white "stripes" for salad. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, melon stripes, and blueberries.

4 comments:

Allie said...

I have always wanted step by step instructions on how to make one of these. Thank you so much, I can't wait to try it out.

Marci said...

I want to try and make one! At my recipe night last week one of the ladies was saying that she just made one for the heck of it to see if she could do it and was thoroughly impressed with herself :-)!

blueviolet said...

Thank you for finding a watermelon carving that isn't cheesy. This one is rather cute!

Bunny B said...

Mmmm...yummy! I love watermelon!