Come the "dog days" of summer, the markets provide a glut of melons. These treats can make for a refreshing pause in the day.
There are your basics: cantaloupe, honeydew, crenshaw, canary, casaba, and good old watermelon. There are lots of other varieties as well that are not available where I live.
I love watermelon and find that the best way to have it is ice cold, right out of the refrigerator. I like to slice it into thick wedges and head for the back porch with a big napkin. No fork and knife required. Just take big bites and dispose of the seeds by, well, by spitting them as far as you can! That may not exactly be good table manners, but watermelon practically demands a seed spitting contest. At least in my house that's the case. Kids love it! And just when we were getting used to spitting those slippery seeds, along came seedless sugar baby watermelon and the personal size watermelon. There goes the fun!
A more sophisticated way to have watermelon is to use a melon baller to create dainty little round balls that can go into a fruit salad. Or you can put a pile of watermelon balls into a martini glass and pour in some chilled sparkling wine.
And have you tried making a savory salad with watermelon? Just cube up watermelon and combine it with slices of avocado, thin slices of red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. Toss everything gently with extra virgin olive oil and a bit of salt. Now that's cool!