Writer, cooking teacher, television host, and author of an award-winning book, Amelia Saltsman is passionate about getting everyone into the kitchen.
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Strawberries are back in season! And that means it's time to make these lovely, simple Strawberry Shortcakes -- perhaps the most perfect spring dessert ever.

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Farmers’ Market Tour Santa Monica, CA
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Tour with Amelia
KCRW 89.9 Good Food
Market Report
Saturday, June 12, 2015
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5 Tips for Summer Entertaining

5 tips for summer entertaining I’m about to share five of my favorite tips for easy entertaining, hoping they will entice you to purchase The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Summer Entertaining E-Book, where you’ll find lots more great ways to simplify your summer food life. So let’s just call this post what it is: a shameless book promotion. But one that comes at the perfect moment to start you on a carefree season of outdoor cooking and eating.

Summer Entertaining E-book Amelia Saltsman

I kicked off the season last weekend with …

How to Roast Winter Squash

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Jerry Rutiz of Rutiz Family Farms carved this red kuri squash for me. It’s almost too pretty to eat!

Sweet, delicious roasted winter squash is one of the delights of the season. And I’ve got an easy way to do it. Forget wrestling to halve and seed a hard, raw gourd. This technique is a simple — and safe! — way to roast any type of winter squash for soups, pies, and more.

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 F. Pierce the squash in a few places with a large knife or meat fork, …

How to Skin, Slice and Chop a Melon

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It is officially melon season. Here’s the one trick you need to easily skin, slice, and dice your way through a summer’s worth of cantaloupe, honeydew, or any of the fabulous types available at farmers’ markets, such as Weiser Family Farms’ lovely French Cavaillons, above, and their Israeli Arava variety, below. This technique makes short work of cutting crescents to pair with prosciutto or chunks for a summer salad, like this refreshing and unusual Melon and Cucumber Salad with Mint. What’s that you say? Well, cukes and ‘loupes are kissing cousins and they marry well.

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Melon and Cucumber Salad with Mint

At first glance, melon and cucumber seem like an unlikely match. They are actually close cousins that go well together in this ultra-refreshing salty-sweet summer salad that is a play on the Israeli summer favorite made with watermelon.

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I like to use two kinds of cucumbers in this salad–crisp flavorful Persian cukes and prickly, pale yellow lemon cucumbers, named for their looks, not their flavor. You can really see how closely related melons and cucumbers are in this lemon cucumber photo. The two types add color, flavor, and texture variety to this dish. Be sure to use a very sweet melon in this salad for good flavor contrast.

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