Grow. Eat. Save. – Cucumbers

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 11, 2010

So I was having a little fun with the cucumber slices…taking different photographs…both inside and outside.  I took the one above on my desk near the kitchen.  But decided it would be more fun (and better light) if I went outside.  So I put all the cucumber slices into a dish and headed out to the picnic table.  I hadn’t taken more than 3 pictures when an uninvited guest showed up to the cucumber photo shoot.

(And I’m not referring to Tyler.  He was busy playing with sticks and leaves in the grass nearby.)

I’m talking about this little friend. Bzzzzzz…

I don’t know why I was surprised.  We’ve been eating outside the past few nights, as the weather has been beyond gorgeous.  This little visitor shows up after about 3 bites…and we then proceed to have an anxiety filled meal…kids trying to dodge the buzzing bug, me trying to keep the thing off all of our plates.

Makes me wonder...maybe I should just prepare a plate for the bee?!?

Back to the cucumber…

Suggestions for Dressing Up your Sliced Cucumbers

  • Dill Vinaigrette – 1/4 cup cider or white vinegar, 2 Tbsp veg or canola oil, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp dill, salt and pepper to taste
  • Homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing
  • Sour Cream Dill Dip – 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 chopped fresh dill or 1 Tbsp dried dill, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

If you’ve got a Cucumber Recipe, using cucumbers from the garden or from the store or the farmer’s market, we want to check it out!  Please leave the link in the linky or in the comments!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather September 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Hi!
Yes, the yellow jackets are fierce here, too, despite our efforts to enjoy the yard!

I’ve included a link to my Kids Eat Veggies! Cucumber Dip here since Mr. Linky is acting up this morning!

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Alicia's Homemaking September 11, 2010 at 10:07 am

Erin, I can’t add my link because the “like this on facebook” link is on top of the “submit” button. Anyone else having this problem?

I love cucumbers, though! I use them in Garden Macaroni Salad (my recipe is here: http://www.aliciashomemaking.com/2010/06/summer-recipe-garden-macaroni-salad.html).

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

Sorry Alicia! I was trying something new! I’ll switch back and stick with what works :)

Thanks!

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Alea September 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I was hoping to make pickles, but my cukes are only ripening 2 -3 at a time. Instead, we have been enjoying them in salads, on sandwiches, or just raw. Though it upsets my 3 year old when we eat Larry! :)

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sillygeese September 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

We like to peel ours and cut into chunks then pour soy sauce over them, sometimes we sprinkle toasted seasme seeds over the top.
This makes a great addition to any Chinese inspired meal.

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Alicia's Homemaking September 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Oh, I like this idea!

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Anne September 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

LOL, I love the pics, esp the one with the bee! And what luck! I had just posted a cucumber recipe on my blog today before coming here and reading this. Great timing:) Oh, and I’ll definitely have to try that sour cream dip, it sounds delicious.

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zentMRS September 12, 2010 at 1:42 am

My kids would be paralyzed if they saw a bee at dinner (and in fact have been!). Though no one is allergic, they remain convinced that all bees are “out to get them” and they will die if stung. Nothing we say can convince them otherwise.

I love cucumbers and have added a recipe. I’ll be trying that sour cream recipe too – looks yummy!

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Jen September 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

My great-grandma always set out a picnic for the yellow-jackets. If they have the option of dining unimpeded or trying to get your food while being swatted at, they’ll pick the feast set out for them and leave you alone. :) Or such was the theory. I was very young and don’t remember how well it worked.

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Kristen September 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

I like to mix the sliced cucumbers with a few sliced tomatoes, some greek dressing (I prefer the Kroger brand from my local King Soopers) and top it with a little crumbled feta cheese. Of course this is good with other veggies you might have on hand and it is pretty simple!

When slicing the cucumbers, I will sometimes take the carrot peeler and make 4 peels on each of the four “corners”, and then slice, it gives the salad a more decorative look!

Enjoy!

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Kelly @ A Full Table September 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I like to put fresh cucumber chunks in pasta salad. Really gives it that extra yummy flavor!

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