I'm trying to get back to normal blogging, but it is so hard. Life is still kind of crazy. I spent this weekend cleaning things out, so the house doesn't look all that much cleaner. I did do away with 3 kitchen bags full of toys! I listed them on freecycle, and the first response was also another blogger! A blogger I didn't even know about. So you know who I chose to give the toys to.
I do want to share a few recipes with you. One I've been making over the last few weeks and it's a huge hit with my family. I grew up eating cucumbers and onions, also known as quick pickles. It's good, but the vinegar can be overwhelming. The other day I had a ripe cucumber and ripe tomatoes. So I made:
Cucumber & Tomato salad
1 Thin-skinned cucumber (homegrown or english works well)
1-2 Ripe tomatoes
Thinly sliced onion to taste
Rice Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Thin slice the cucumber into rounds. Put in shallow dish. Add the thin sliced onion. I used yellow, but red would work great too. Sprinkle salt all over the cucumber. You don't need a whole bunch, but you need to make sure each cucumber slice has some salt on it. Let sit while you work on the rest of the meal. After 20-30 minutes, drain any water that is in the dish. Add sliced tomatoes. Then drizzle the rice vinegar and olive oil over the top. Add pepper. Toss. The Rice Vinegar is a bit pricey up front, but most recipes call for just a small amount and the mild flavor really lends itself to this dish. We have not had any leftovers when I've made this.
Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
I mixed it to taste. I used about 3/4 cup of Mayo, 3 Tablespoons of the Jalapeno Mustard, fresh squeezed lemon juice from a quarter of a lemon and a tablespoon of honey. Then added pepper liberally. I let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes to bring it to full flavor. We had this on top of steak salad last night.