Follow this recipe (and the variation that follows) to make terrines using different fruit-flavor combinations; just start with six ounces of each of three types of fruit. Berries and stone fruits (plums, peaches, and nectarines) need to be cooked before pureeing, while melons and mangoes do not.
Icy melon milk granita is an easy make-ahead treat for a hot summer day. (No need to scrape our sherbet-like mixture every 30 minutes, as with most granitas -- just rake it once at the end for the right consistency.)
This summer, add cucumber to a melon salad to make it extra-crisp. We cut watermelon and cantaloupe into cubes and balls for a beautifully geometric presentation that can be eaten with toothpicks. We also tossed them as a salad, dressed with yuzu juice (available at Asian supermarkets and specialty stores), though it’s equally out-of-this-world with lime or lemon juice.
Cooked the night before and allowed to chill, this wholesome pudding makes an easy breakfast (or dessert!). You can use store-bought almond milk or make your own -- for the recipe, go to marthastewart.com/almond-milk.
Staying with friends this summer? Show your gratitude by sending them a photo CD of your trip. Save digital images to a disc, and then personalize it further by adhering a print to the top. It's easy with specialized CD/DVD labels (officedepot.com).