Basil Simple Syrup

How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local ForkfulThe Summer is coming to an end so quickly and I have so many recipes that I want to give you. But my, how times flies when you’re having fun. Well, that’s a lie. You all are having fun while I’m working six days a week, blogging and trying to squeeze in the occasional nap (sigh). But any-who, here is a simple recipe that will be a great addition to all of your summer cocktails and beverages. A little bit of basil, sugar and water opens the door to a plethora of pool-side drink concoctions. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup Basil Leaves
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Directions

1. In a sauce pot on medium high heat. Add the water and sugar. Allow the mixture to come to a boil or until liquid is clear and there are no sugar crystals visible. Once mixture is boiling, toss in basil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the eye, cover and let basil steep for 2 or more hours. Strain mixture and store into a container. It will keep for up to 2 months, but it probably won’t last that long.
How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local Forkful

Serving Suggestions:

I personally enjoy using the syrup in lemonade, cake recipes and icing. I heard it also makes a killer cocktail! Let me know what creative ways you use your simple syrup.

Basil can also be substituted for Rosemary, Mint or Thyme(only 1/2 cup for Thyme).
How to make Basil Simple Syrup: Recipe by The Local Forkful

how to cut a cantaloupe

How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
No one should be intimidated by the breaking down of produce, but many are. It is pretty simplistic in nature and everyone has their own method. I tried to keep it as simple as possible. Let me know what you think.
How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
Step 1. Cut both ends off of the cantaloupe.
How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
Step 2. Remove the seeds from the center with a spoon. Be careful not to apply a lot of pressure as you don not want to bruise your fruit. Cut the cantaloupe in to quarters.
How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
Step 3. Using a pairing knife follow the shallow green line between the skin and the fruit all the way around the cantaloupe with your knife slightly inverted at an angle. Remove any unwanted green from the fruit.
How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
Step 4. Humor me for a moment. There was a thunderstorm attacking me a this point so I forgot to take photos of the fruit being cut into eights before chunks. That’s food blogger real life, my friend. Any-who, cut the cantaloupe in to the desired size you would like according to what you are using it for.
How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
I personally enjoy eating any kind of melon with kosher salt. It’s a beautiful marriage of flavors. The sweet and savory makes for a great summer time snack to enjoy while reading a book on the veranda. Sounds Nice! huh?

     Cantaloupe is in season from June through August, but you can find it all year round. It’s one of my favorite #summergolds and should be enjoyed before peak season is over. Don’t let it pass you by.

What is your favorite way to eat melon?

Food Blogger Outtake: Real Life

How to Cut a Cantaloupe: Recipe by The Local Forkful
This miniature monsoon totally blind-sided me from out of the middle of no where. I thought I would share this with you so you didn’t think it was just fun and games. Who am I kidding? It is most of the time.