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Watermelon – 6 Ways ‘Til Sunday

The weekend is upon us! So is watermelon season.  (A perfect combination.) During the dog days of summer, there’s no better fruit to experiment with than this juicy mellon. If the weekend gives you an itch to get creative in the kitchen, try watermelon…. 6 Ways Until Sunday!

1. Watermelon Water

The perfect summer beverage to share with young and old. Added bonus: Although its hue is distinctly Hawaiian, stained clothes and faces are not a worry with watermelon water. Try This Recipe

2. Watermelon Martini

If your cup craves something with a little more punch, try THIS watermelon martini recipe. Try This Recipe

3. Watermelon Salad

Mix the sweet with the savory… feta, red onions, basil, and kalamata olives… for a slightly Greek twist on an American summer favorite. (My very own recipe!)

4. Watermelon Gazpacho

There’s nothing like a chilled soup on a hot summer day. Give the traditional tomato based gazpacho a sweet twist with… you guessed it… Watermelon! Try This Recipe

5. Grilled Watermelon

A totally new spin on serving watermelon. Grilled with a few farm fresh veggies. (I gotta try this!) Try This Recipe

6. Watermelon Sorbet

Save some room… the best is for last! You can’t go one more summer without trying fresh watermelon sorbet. Try This Recipe

If this post inspires you to try something new, send us a picture!

Have a refreshing weekend.



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Tuesday Tabletops – Mix it Up!

If you know J Banks, you know that we never shy away from “mixing-it-up”  and this adage can certainly apply to your dining table.  This Tuesday we wanted to playfully pop juxtaposing styles and textures to turn comfortable casual into a night to remember.

It’s a shame to hide your gorgeous formal china in a dark  hutch or cabinet – let it shine by intermixing individual pieces into your everyday dinnerware.  Amazing gold speckled, cork placemats by Kim Seybert are a glam-natural choice – responsible, casual AND dazzling.   Festive glassware or character pieces (like these adorable corn-on-the-cob salt and pepper shakers from Michael Aram) are fun details that your guests will long remember.    Strike up delight by adding a stylish party favor to your place settings.  A simple box of matches can become a treasure when adorned with a coastal vintage print.

So, pour yourself a rosemary infused greyhound from our lovely martini pitcher, take a deep breath and create an easy, breezy and beautiful tablescape!

Rosemary Infused Greyhound

1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Herb’s Rosemary Infused Vodka (or make your own!)
1 tsp Organic Sugar
1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary for garnish

In a shaker, add rosemary vodka and grapefruit juice. Stir and serve over ice in a sugar-rimmed (technically this makes it closer to a Salty Dog – don’t sugar your rim for a more classic Greyhound) rocks or martini glass. Serves 1.

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