Watermelon Fingers

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When I was a little girl visiting my Dad’s side of the family in Borger TX, a tiny town outside of Amarillo, we would have watermelon. These weren’t normal watermelons that you find in the grocery store today, they were the huge oval shaped monsters found at the road-side stands along highway. Us kids would be stripped down to our underwear so we could dig into massive wedges of teeth freezing, headache inducing sweet watermelon heaven. The watermelon was kept in the bathtub covered in ice to keep it bone chilling cold which was welcoming on the Panhandle’s sweltering summer days. Oh how that sugar juice dripped down our summertime browned bellies!

While visiting us at Manderley, Ma and Daddy recollected those long ago memories while we ate our grocery store bought watermelon. Daddy, Papa to my kids, taught them his Texan habit of eating watermelon with a good sprinkling of salt, “to make it taste sweeter,” he told them.  They tried it, didn’t get it, and will someday have to try eating cantaloupe with black pepper like their Papa too.

I was looking for some unique ways to cut watermelon beyond cubes and wedges and came across Citizen Chef’s post “Watermelon 4 Ways.”  I really liked the idea of Watermelon Sticks which is a really cute way of serving watermelon and a very simple way of neatly eating it without getting your cheeks all sticky when trying to eat a wedge.  I likey!  This was very easy to do, and the non-stick pieces I simply cut the flesh from the rind, cubed it, and jarred it up for snacking later.  That big tray in the photo was placed on my fridge shelf and was gobbled up in no time by my hungry team.  Super easy, healthy snacking.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    Yep, I have tons of summer pictures at my grandparents house where our faces were covered with watermelon – we’d have watermelon seed spitting contests that seemed to go on for hours – what we had to do to keep busy without cell phones, cable and internet back then! 😀

  2. Stephanie
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM | Permalink

    I grew up in Fritch, Texas, just fifteen miles away from Borger. I always swore our watermelon back home was better than in the city — it’s good to know I’m not totally crazy!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

      I know exactly where Fritch is, I have a cousin there!

  3. Posted July 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your Citizen Chef shout-out! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our post, Watermelon 4-Ways, and love that you were inspired to make watermelon sticks and share them with your readers! We’ll definitely continue reading your blog.

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