How to Seed and Dice a Cucumber

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I like cucumbers. I like their crisp. Their crunch.  Sometimes I like the seeds...say, for sliced cucumbers on top of a salad. Other times, I don't like the seeds. For those times when the seeds have got to go, this is what it looks like! Cut off the ends. Slice in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, run it down the middle, scooping out the seeds. Slice the … [Read more...]

Summer Side Salad


A nutritious and delicious summer side salad...or lunch!  There are many great colors, textures and flavors in this dish.  I set out to use up some of my corn...then threw in the FIRST tomato from my garden (more on that tomorrow!), then a cucumber that was on sale last week and needed to be used some chickpeas, parsley from the garden and a vinaigrette … [Read more...]

Pork Brine – $5 Dinner Challenge

Pork Brine Yield - 4 servings Preparation Time - 4 hour marinate time Cooking Time - 4-5  minutes Ingredients 4 pork chops (free!) Remember this coupon! 1 cup apple juice ($.15) 1/2 cup salt ($.10) Water 4 corn cobs ($1) 1/2 bag of lettuce ($1.50) 1/2 cucumber ($.25) 2 Roma tomatoes ($.58) Big sale last week! Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing … [Read more...]

BBQ Chicken Pizza

So I was NOT thinking clearly about the new dairy allergy when I wrote up my meal plan for the week and included pizza!  Hello, CHEESE!  So this pizza is cheeseless!  I thought it tasted fine without the cheese, as the BBQ and red onions gave it a rich flavor.  (But still, there's just something odd about a cheeseless pizza!) I'm on this "lets see how few dishes I can use," … [Read more...]