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wow i'm a dog Jun 18, 2003 04:18 PM

my sister-in-law has been asked to host a birthday celebration at work tomorrow and the request was for watermelon. does anyone have any idea of: 1) how to serve the watermelon; and 2) what dessert complements it? any ideas are much appreciated!

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    Caitlin Wheeler Jun 18, 2003 04:26 PM

    Watermelon is usually served plain, and good watermelon is delicious this way. However, if you want to 'Jazz' it up, try substituting it for cucumber in a salad -- they are related vegetables. I have a recipe for a variation on a greek salad that has sliced onion, lime juice, watermelon, feta cheese, parsley, fresh mint, olive oil and kalamata olives.

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    1. re: Caitlin Wheeler
      wow i'm a dog Jun 18, 2003 04:41 PM

      i should clarify that she wants something for dessert, like a cake, so that the team can blow out candles.

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        mouse Jun 18, 2003 06:49 PM

        How about a coconut cake or pie?

        Though I really like the previous ideas of juicing the watermelon up with the hard stuff. Maybe you could do this and buy some sparklers instead...

        1. re: wow i'm a dog
          Middydd Jun 18, 2003 11:39 PM

          I still love the old fruit salad in a watermelon basket presentation. A mixed fruit salad with lots of watermelon in the mix would be good served with slices of butter pound cake. It would be light and fresh but you'd still have the cake for candles.

        2. re: Caitlin Wheeler
          ld Jun 18, 2003 05:22 PM

          Would you care to share the recipe for the salad? It
          sounds great! Thanks!

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          Deenso Jun 18, 2003 04:27 PM

          Cut a plug out of the rind and pour in champagne or prosecco. Use tape to seal it up again. Put it in a cooler and slice when ready to serve. I've served it with assorted ice creams and sorbets.

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            MidtownCoog Jun 18, 2003 06:03 PM


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              Cristina Jun 19, 2003 09:47 AM

              And a key lime squeezed over it, and powdered chile (*NOT* chile powder).

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              Allison Jun 18, 2003 06:14 PM

              If possible purchase red and yellow watermelon. Cut in 1/2 and use a melon baller, scoop out the watermelons and serve in a pretty bowl (Oh Martha!) garnish with some fresh mint. If alcohol is allowed (I know it is a work thing), watermelon is a perfect sponge ~ splash over a little triple sec or vodka. I think chocolate brownies would go well with watermelon, but that's just me! Let us know how it goes!!!

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                christina z Jun 18, 2003 07:11 PM

                Make watermelon margaritas, smoothies or granita. Make candied watermelon skin. Serve watermelon w/ Feta or another really salty cheese. (Just a few thoughts on the subject.)

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                  Janet Jun 18, 2003 10:38 PM

                  Midori liqueur is nice with melon and vodka and watermelon were made for each other!

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                    Kevin Jun 19, 2003 03:59 PM

                    I know it's too late for the office party, but for those who want to know...

                    There's a book called Amuse-Bouche which features a watermelon recipe that's very simple. First, you juice a watermelon (scrapping the leftovers). Then cut a regular melon in small cubes, using a melon baller to scoop out a tiny hole on one side. Pour some of the juice on the cube to really kick the sweetness level up. Last, drizzle a balsamic reduction in the hole on top. Serve as hhors doeuvres... Sounds good, huh? I'm going to try it for a July 4th BBQ... :)

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                      abdul alhazred Jun 19, 2003 06:53 PM

                      you need really flavorful fruit for this to work but:
                      cube you melon, and cubed mango, mix, get it nice and cold, and when ready to serve squeeze lime over it. you won't believe how awesome this tastes.
                      asalam alekum

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