Well, her Fruit Bowl is famous in our family, anyway. From family members in San Diego to New York City to Atlanta to Michigan to Singapore…my mom’s Florida Fruit Bowl gets raves with her relatives and visitors.
She only makes it in Florida, not when she returns home to the Thumb of Michigan. Therefore, when we all visit Fort Myers Beach the first words out of our mouth can be, “So…are you still making Fruit Bowl?”
Here is her recipe, just in case you choose to replicate it. I wrote it down last night, and hopefully didn’t screw up the ingredients. It is VERY simple. Especially if you’re in Florida and can find fruit of just-the-right-ripeness.
Joanne’s Fruit Bowl
grapefruits (sectioned and squeeze in extra juice)
oranges (sectioned and squeeze in extra juice)
fresh pineapple w juice
whole large papaya
4 mangos (make sure ripe)
large globe grapes, halved and seeded
That’s it. Wa la! My mom and Kiah like Fruit Bowl just plain. Some folks add yogurt. Dad and I ate ours over some brown rice sprinkled with nuts and coconut.
It’s hard to leave Florida. It’s even harder knowing you won’t eat Fruit Bowl for a whole year. Of course, we could make our own. But there’s something special about my mom’s version. There’s something special about eating it on the lanai overlooking the Back Bay, watching dolphins leap in the air.
What is your favorite food that your mom makes (or made)?
P.S. I’m home now. Very uneventful lovely traveling day, even though we rose at 4:30 a.m. I napped for 20 minutes now just to garner the strength to write this blog.
Going to measure that snow bank soon–will report back to you tomorrow with official contest results. Click here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
P.S.S. Mom and Dad–THANK YOU!! We had the best time. You are the best parents in the whole world.