An Element of Surprise with Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho
Today Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho, a cold soup recipe, is packed with not only fresh vegetables, but fresh fruit and watermelon, and perfect for summer entertaining!
I’m happy to share a delicous summertime treat that makes entertaining so easy, especially if you want a quick, healthy appetizer, or you have been delegated the “soup” portion of a dinner party.
Let me introduce to you my friend, Maria, who moved here to the Rogue Valley last year, because they were looking for somewhere a little cooler and greener than Mesa, AZ! My hometown, Medford, was where they landed!
I love Maria’s story, how after she got married, and moved to Argentina in 1977, she found herself entertaining quite a bit, primarily larger groups such as ex-pats and diplomats.
Start with a color.
Maria says to make it beautiful you need to create a theme, something as simple as a color. She also relishes having an element of surprise that can change up a dish in a slightly different way. And she’s a party favor girl. For seasonal and special occasions, she likes to present her guests with something from the party to take home with them.
For a recent party, she made her Watermelon Gazpacho recipe ahead of time, arranging martini glasses on a tray as a centerpiece, and when the guests arrived, they all thought they were having martinis.
Element of surprise.
What a beautiful tray! Are we having martinis? This was her element of surprise.
Maria was always a foodie, with an Italian mother who was an excellent cook and an inspiration to her, as well as her daughter, Tricia, who at an early age exhibited a special talent and passion for cooking.
Her own daughter gave Maria a run for her money!
I feel the same way about my daughter, Abby. Watch out … she’s a talented girl in the kitchen. :)
I’m happy Maria could be here on RE today to share this summer delight!
What’s your fresh spin on gazpacho that makes it different than a traditional recipe?
Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho
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