Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Got some extra cucumbers? Do you need a side dish real quick. Really feel like having some cukes. Whip up some marinade, chop the cucumbers and ready is a refreshing summer side dish.

Recipe: Cucumber Salad
Recipe type: side
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Serves: 2
Quickest side dish this side of the prepared food aisle.
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar (white, wine or cider)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Pepper
  1. Put sugar, dill, salt and pepper into your serving dish.
  2. Add the vinegar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Peel the and slice the cucumber and add it into the dish.
  4. Mix the dressing and cucumber and let it marinade for 30 minutes, occasionally mixing

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Cook like a guy. As a 7-year old, my grandma supervised me when I made my first eggs, sunny side up. As a 15-year old I found my lunches wrapped in a towel under the down comforter. It usually was still warm, but sometimes I had to re-heat it in hot water. We didn’t have a microwave. As a 20-year old I was able to make pasta and was soon to learn how to make some basic pasta dishes. I call it my Italian phase. And for the next 25 years, mostly living alone, my cooking skills improved steadily at a leisurely pace of about 2 dishes per decade.

There are a few Italian recipes I picked up and forgot again, there was an experimental mousse-au-chocolate (a failed experiment) and many restaurant visits, home delivery, Chinese takeout, Kebab and Falafel stands and grilled chicken from a cooking trailer. Burritos are great food to go. I mean, to take home. There was steamed cauliflower with cheese and butter, I was perfect in making hotdogs and polish sausages and once a microwave oven came into my life, I made many more culinary discoveries  in the prepared foods section.

Life took some lucky turns for me and I got married after a long time of bachelorhood. My wife is a great cook (she’s proofreading, I have to say that) and I continued my training by studying how to dice tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Bagged mixed lettuce and canned artichokes allowed me to make excellent salad. And then I lost my job of 25 years. Which kept me at home and my wife at work. Naturally, I ended up offering to cook. I should have known better.

I still haven’t found a job, but as an IT guy, I am able to set up a website, no problem. But I still have a lot to learn as a cook. Please help !!

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