The past six months in our new house have been a whirlwind. My sister got married on the farm this past summer and as the matron of honor I haven’t had much free time since we closed (she got engaged the same month we closed). On the night before the autumnal equinox my husband and I decided to shop and cook a dinner together. It was fun, and I hadn’t realized how much we needed to reconnect.
One of my favorite markets here on the south shore of Long Island is Cross Island Fruits. It has a fish monger with the freshest of fish and a great fruit selection. They always have a diverse array of melons in varieties I have never tried before. A new favorite is the Santa Claus melon, also known as the Christmas or December melon. It gets its name not because it is in season in December, but for its long shelf life. It has a hard-ribbed skin that is green in color, reminiscent of a watermelon, and its flesh is soft and bursting with sweet juices. It tastes a lot like a honeydew that’s even more sweet. Here we paired it with Italian prosciutto de Parma ,also from Cross Island. I loved the combo!