Based on Steve’s passion for cooking, innovation and creating the best flavor in his recipes, he realizes that no ingredient is to be overlooked, including water. In 2012, Steve teamed with Kinetico to prove the notion that purified water is core to creating great-tasting dishes in his restaurant and in the home. Read more about culinary expert Steve Schimoler.
I look forward to the summer season for many reasons, but mostly for the local produce that hits my kitchen and the flavor of “picked at peak” ripeness that chefs live for. Tomatoes that have never seen refrigeration and still carry the warmth of the sun, melons that explode with sugary juices, berries that make you smile with every bite, or peaches that require a bib, are all packed with flavors that deserve un-adulteration!
As I continue to experiment with our reverse osmosis water as an ingredient, it is this time of year where I make every effort not to cook the fresh ingredients that we use. I focus on keeping the integrity of the fresh flavors, and by using the reverse osmosis water, I am insuring that there are no off flavors and aromas to interfere with Mother Nature’s bounty.
One of Crop Bistro’s highlights during the summer is our chilled soup, and water is such a key ingredient. Now that we have reverse osmosis water, I have been able to really taste the difference versus using unfiltered water. A good example is my Melon and Berry Gazpacho. I make a dense puree of honey dew melon and add whole blackberries so they keep their shape and color, small-diced cucumbers and then add the reverse osmosis water and fresh mint, a little salt and black pepper and that’s all it takes to make a quintessential taste of summer. By using the reverse osmosis water, its purity seamlessly becomes part of the soup and given that the recipe is almost 50 percent water, it has to be devoid of any competing flavors especially when the star ingredients are so delicate.
Gotta love summer!!
“Honey Dew List” Gazpacho
|½ Honey Dew Melon, peeled and seeded
||1 quart puree(approx.)
|Cucumber, peeled and seeded, small dice
||1 ½ cups
|Blackberry, large dice
|Fresh mint, minced
||1 ½ TBSP
|Fresh squeezed lime juice
|Kinetico reverse osmosis water
- Peel and seed the melon and cut into large 2 inch chunks
- In a Vita Mix or other food processor add the melon and puree until smooth.Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Peel and seed the cucumber and cut to an 1/8 inch dice and add to the mixing bowl.
- Cut the blackberries into ¼ inch dice and add to mixing bowl.
- Squeeze the lime and add to mixing bowl
- Add all the other ingredients and very lightly blend (fold ) with a spoon so the color doesn’t darken too much.
- Let sit refrigerated for 1 hour and then serve. You can garnish with a single berry and a sprig of mint.