Whether you call them cantaloupes or muskmelons, it’s hard to know if you’ve picked a winner until you actually cut into the flesh and have a taste. You can discover the outer signs that juicy, flavorful cantaloupe awaits thanks to these handy tips from the Wisconsin Farmers Market Association.

• Gauge the weight of the melon. It should have some heft for its size.

• When cantaloupes ripen, the vine separates from the melon, leaving behind a small circular indentation. Stem remnants and tearing are signs the melon was picked too early.

• Check the blossom end. It should have a fragrance and some give when you press on it.

• The surface of the cantaloupe should have a raised netting with a dull yellow background.

• When thumped, it should sound hollow. Avoid melons with dents, cuts and cracks.

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EASY RECIPE

The perfect sauce recipe for summer

Use this tasty sauce from www.uncorked.com to enhance all your favorite summer recipes.

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Citrus Basil Sauce

Makes about 2/3 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh orange zest (optional)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Directions

Place the orange juice, lemon or lime juice, orange zest, if using, garlic, olive oil, and basil in a small bowl or plastic container and mix well.

DOGGY TREATS

This homemade frozen treat is safe for dogs

This summer, whip up a batch of these homemade frozen dog-safe treats, courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.

Peanut Butter Pup-sicles

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened. (Check the label to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

Half a ripe banana, mashed

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and mashed banana, adding water if needed.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough.

Or, take Kong-style toys and spoon the mixture into the cavities.

Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight, then store the individual pucks or toys in a large zip-close freezer bag.

— Brandpoint