Fresh fruit salsa with cinnamon crisps

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 7:07 am

A few weeks ago I was out of town at a conference when my 9-year-old son called.

“I know you’re super busy, and I hope it’s not a bad time,” he explained. “But do you happen to remember the recipe for ramen?”

My heart melted. My kiddo wasn’t asking me for a complex concoction of hand-pulled Chinese noodles in bone broth; he was hungry, knew his dad was swamped at work and thought he could handle making some packaged ramen noodle soup for supper instead of asking the hubby to bring him food.

I walked him through the approximately 4-minute process of making the soup, all the while chatting with my kiddo on his speakerphone about what he was up to (“video games”) and how things were going at home (“Dad’s in rough shape without you”).

When he finished making the soup, he thanked me profusely. “You are SUCH a good cook. I can’t believe you remember recipes like this.”

To me, it was just making soup; to my son, it was another step toward being independent, like when he learned to ride his bike and the world – or at least our neighborhood in Hillsboro – opened up to him, or when he hooked up the toaster oven so he could make his own pizza rolls 24/7.

My kiddo is very proud of himself now that he remembers the “recipe” for ramen noodle soup and has made it several times. I said that eventually he’ll have a whole slew of recipes in his brain that he can make blindfolded and with one hand tied behind his back, no instructions needed.

This dish is another example; once you remember how to make the cinnamon crisps, the fruit salsa (which is actually just like chopped fruit salad) can be made with whatever fruits you like or have on hand. It’s great for summer picnics and potlucks because it’s light and refreshing, and can hang out at room temp for as long as necessary.

It’s a perfect option for your Fourth of July spread, especially if your 9-year-old has informed you that you can kick back and relax, because he’s in charge of all the fireworks this year.

When you’re a kid who can’t wait to grow up, every day is Independence Day.

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