Twistin’ the Ol’ Fruit Tray

by Sarah on May 29, 2011 · 16 comments

Today’s song is to the tune of Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away,” a song that immediately takes me back to childhood, listening to my mom’s oldies CDs and dancing in the kitchen. [I’m pretty sure I did this only when I was home alone…and I bet Mama Smart is happy to know that when she left me on my own, I did such culturally educational activities as listen to oldies music and practice my 60s-era dance moves.]Also, Sam Cooke was a cutie pie, and we like cutie pies (both edible and otherwise) here in The Smart Kitchen. :)

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Let me tell you ’bout a way
Using some unexpected tastes
Surprise your friends on a summer’s day
Put a twist on the ol’ fruit trayHere we have two mangoes, yum!
Blueberries ripened in the sun
Lime juice is here for the fun
But we’re twistin’ in a spicy way!
The secret’s in the ginger here
(Feel free to pair with ginger beer)Crystallized, then chopped, don’t fear
We’re twistin’ the ol’ fruit trayTwistin’, twistin’
The ginger will steal the show
Twistin’, twistin’
Trust me you will lick the bowl! :)[Requisite Dance Break]
Let’s twist awhile!
Feet up! Feet back!
Watusi!
Now slide…
We’re twistin’ the ol’ fruit tray![Source]
Here you have some watermelon
Nothin’ strange about that, son
Everybody’s eating one,
Now that summer is here to stayBut have you thought about a way
To take it to another place?“Strange” is what your friends might say
But then they won’t stay away…
Yes, what you see is true:
Melon covered in cheese that’s bleuAnd yep, there’s rosemary, too!We’re twistin’ the ol’ fruit tray!
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Ginger-Lime Blueberry Mango Fruit Salad

2 ripe mangoes, diced
1 pint fresh blueberries
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized mango
1 teaspoon lime zest (optional)
2-3 tablespoons lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir well. [Flavor intensifies after a few hours in the fridge.] Serve on its own, as a salsa (with cinnamon-sugar chips), or with grilled chicken, shrimp, or fish.

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Rosemary + Bleu Cheese Watermelon Salad

Combine watermelon, crumbled bleu cheese, and chopped fresh rosemary in a bowl. Mix well. The bleu cheese will create a sort of creamy ‘dressing’ for the watermelon. (Tastes great immediately, or after a few hours chilled.)

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