White Wine and Strawberry Punch

2 C. strawberries

1/3 C. sugar

1 Bottle white wine

ginger ale or Perrier

  • Hull and halve berries; place in bowl with sugar. Let stand.
  • Puree in blender with wine until smooth.
  • Pour through fine sieve into pitcher
  • Make 4 hours ahead. Chill.
  • Serve over ice with ginger ale and whole berries
  • Makes 10 servings

(I made a large amount for a garden party with most of a flat of berries. I made the puree without the wine and froze it in freezer bags. Then I added enough puree to make a pitcher with wine and sparkling water, ice cubes and whole berries.)

Watermelon and cucumber salad 

1 Small seedless watermelon

1 English cucumber (do not peel)

Cut watermelon into small chunks  (inch by inch – or use melon baller) and save any juice

Chop cucumber into similar size.

5 green onions sliced

1/3 C cider vinegar (add watermelon juice and enough water to make 1 cup)

1 tbsp  poppy seeds

If you find the dressing too tart add more sugar or sweetener.

Mix together – that’s it!!  I there is any juice left after the salad is gone, it’s good as a refreshing drink with sparkling water.