WONDERFUL RECIPE

MARINATED CUCUMBER SALAD

To a large bowl add: 1/2 cup rice vinegar. 1 Tablespoon water. 3 Tablespoon soy sauce. 1 Tablespoon sugar. 3 teaspoons sesame oil. Whisk. Add 3 cucumbers. seeded. sliced into half moon shapes. Toss gently. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Toss every so often.

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After a while the cucumbers will take on a darker color from the marinade and that is what you want. When you give them a toss just keep bringing the bottom ones to the top so they all get a good soak in the marinade. Don’t slice too thin.

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The original recipe came from: Valerie’s Home Cooking. You can get her recipe from her web site. I made a few adjustments for us. If you don’t have sesame oil, you will need to get it for this recipe. It has a unique flavor and you really should add it. It is a little on the high price side but a little goes a long way and it stores well in the pantry. Also less cost to get the regular cukes rather than the seedless. Just seed them yourself. I made the marinade ahead of time in a mason jar. Just give a good shake before adding to cukes.

This is a most flavorful most refreshing side dish. Make it in the morning and it will be ready to go for dinner. Great for those warmer months. Enjoy!

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DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Hello readers. This week is all about my LAZY SUMMER DAZE DINNER PARTY. Today’s post is the recipe and photo of my cucumber cups. I went with 4 cuke cups per person. Wash and dry cukes. Cut off ends. Cut each one in half. Then each half in half again. Getting 4 to five cups per cuke depending on size. With a melon baller or grapefruit spoon gently make a whole in center of each, careful not to go thru to bottom or thru sides. Use a small knife to make a few strips on each side. Kind of making a square cup. And save the pieces for the garnish. Makes them pretty and more festive, gives them a ethnic look and also gets off some of that tuff peel. Turn each cup upside down on paper towels to drain the water out a bit. Your filling will be anything you desire. BYOC. Be Your Own Chef. I used Taboule Salad from the deli. Hummus also works well. Maybe an olive mixture. The garnish, those strips you cut off the sides, use the thicker pieces and make match sticks out of them. Tuck one into each cup off to the side. Looks very nice. Add to your favorite party tray. Cool, Refreshing, Pretty, Semi Healthy depending on what you fill them with. And very Summer. IMG_5237I love my Menu Board. I use it often. They are a lot of fun and for sale in my shop on Etsy. I have several styles available. Please check them all out at http://shopworndesigns.etsy.comIMG_0933IMG_5244Have fun with Dinner.