As I sit here, polishing off my cucumber sandwich on homemade onion-dill bread, I am amusedly reflecting on this year's summer yields.
And then, sometime during mid-June, cucumbers started pouring in from every gardener and farmer we know...
I've made countless batches of dill pickles, carved up cukes to hold tuna salad, infused gallons of water with cucumber slices, incorporated dozens of cukes into shakes and pastas and salads, and the cucumbers just continue to flow in a steady stream into our apartment.
It's kind of funny, really.
|"Ok, seriously, Mom: Why are we doing this?"|
One year it was zucchini (we planted 12 plants--why didn't someone warn us?!), another year it was grapes. There was also the year of the Roma tomato. Those tomatoes made some mighty fine spaghetti sauce that winter.
But this... this is clearly the year of the cucumber, with it's fresh green (or yellow) skin and cool white flesh. And we didn't even plant any!
I thought sharing a list of our favorite recipes (and some ideas I still want to try) might prove helpful to you--in case it's the year of the cucumber in your kitchen, too.
Cucumber Smoothies (All Smoothie Recipes)
Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups (Peas & Crayons)
Cucumber & Dill Sandwich (Peanut Butter and Peppers)
Cucumber Slices w/ Homemade Hummus (Inspired Taste)
Baked Cucumbers (Julia Child)
Crunchy Kosher Dill Pickles (Mama Economics)
-->Cucumbers are also great in pasta salads, green salads, on turkey sandwiches, etc.
Chilled Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad (Skinny Taste)
Cucumber & Coconut Salad (Martha Stewart)
Pineapple, Basil, & Cucumber (Martha Stewart)
Braised Cucumbers (Julia Child)
-->Any other ideas?
I hope you've enjoyed your own summer bounty, whoever's garden it came from!