Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Creamy Cucumber Salad.

It’s a great way to dress up garden cucumbers! There’s nothing like a cucumber fresh from the garden, washed, peeled and salted for summer flavor.

If you want to spruce it up a little and add some variety to your menu, try this recipe.

The Dressing

Make your own dressing in just a few minutes, slice (and/or peel) the cucumbers, and add the dressing. I think some extra pepper on the top adds just a little zing without making it hot.

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You don’t need to add a lot of dressing to the cucumbers, so be careful to add just a little and put the dish into the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, you can always add some more dressing. That’s better than having the cucumbers swimming in the dressing.

If you choose to shred the cucumbers, you will need even less dressing, because the cucumbers make a liquid of their own. I’ve fixed it both ways and I can’t tell you which way I like it the best. It rather depends on the rest of the menu and my mood.

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: ½ cup
 
Mix your dressing ahead of time and keep it on hand for cucumbers or cabbage. Then it will be ready to go when you have a mess of cucumbers you want to serve.
Ingredients
  • Cucumbers - several cups sliced Optional: grate the cucumbers
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cream or milk
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel (optional) and slice cucumbers and refrigerate.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, stirring until well blended.
  3. Season cucumbers with salt and pepper
  4. Add dressing - a few tablespoons at a time
  5. Refrigerator until just ready to serve
  6. Add more dressing if necessary, then season with salt and pepper as needed

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Summer Squash – Sauteed

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Sweet summer squash. Dave’s favorite way to be served this vegetable is to have it sauteed with onions and bacon. If you don’t want to use bacon, then use some bacon grease. That’s right. A tablespoon will do. Save some of your “fat” when you fry up some bacon. It can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. Add some sea salt and pepper if you’d like, and saute away. You can serve some small bacon pieces with it if you’d like.

IF, however, you don’t want to use anything bacon, you can use olive oil. I have to do that sometimes when I don’t have any bacon on hand. ‘Always wish I did, though because it’s just not quite as good.

Fresh, small squash is the most tender and flavorful.  It’s a pretty dish when you slice this vegetable thinly and use the dainty rounds.

For sauteeing, you can use a large skillet. I am blessed with a cook-n-dine, so that’s what I use. (I don’t get anything for referring you to the cook-n-dine, but if you want to call them, you can get the number from the link above; ask to speak with Bea Gebhardt and tell her I sent you.)

I fry a pound of bacon on my cook-n-dine and then ladle the drippings into a container for later use. By the time the bacon is done, my “skillet” is well oiled and I’m ready to go. The bacon is used for garnish and for other recipes later in the week.

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Yes. It looks dirty, but it isn’t. It’s the only photo I took and I know it’s a fail.

Put onion into the bacon grease/oil and let it sautee for a minute or two, then add thinly sliced squash. Season with sea salt and pepper (optional). Keep mixing and moving the ingredients around so they don’t get too brown (as I am prone to do.)

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Put the vegetables into a bowl and top with bacon pieces (optional).

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This dish only takes minutes to make and is bound to please. I’ve also added fresh, whole green beans to the mix. They take a little longer, so you’ll want to start with the beans first before you add the succulent yellow squash.

Summer Squash - Sauteed
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
A simple, easy way to serve fresh summer squash and guaranteed to have kids asking for more.
Ingredients
  • 4 strips bacon - or more
  • 4 cups sliced squash
  • 1-2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease OR olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash fresh squash and slice thinly
  2. Slice onions
  3. Season skillet with olive oil OR bacon grease
  4. Add onions, stirring for a minute or two
  5. Add squash and mix together with onions
  6. Season to taste
  7. Stir-fry until squash and onions are tender

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Chicken Bites

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Chicken Bites. You make them as large or as small as you’d like.

Looking for an easy, do-ahead chicken recipe for a crowd?  Here is one you will want to try. I got it from my sister Alice, who served it at our family reunion this summer. I saw those trays of chicken in the refrigerator Friday and we got to indulge on Saturday evening. This recipe for chicken bites is easy to make ahead of time or the day you plan to serve it.

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Melt butter and mix dry ingredients separately. Dip your pieces in the butter and then in the crumbs. You can use drumsticks, leg quarters, or breasts. Be sure to cover your trays with tin foil – it helps with clean-up.

Bake it uncovered for 20-25 minutes in a 400-degree oven.

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Chicken Bites
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings
 
An easy oven-bake chicken dish that can be done a day or two ahead of time. Basil, parmesan cheese, and Ritz crackers help give it a distinct flavor
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts (or other pieces)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Place aluminum foil on baking sheet.
  2. Cut chicken into pieces if desired
  3. Combine next five ingredients
  4. Dip chicken in melted butter, then in crumbs
  5. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes (at 400-degrees) or until done on the inside.

 

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

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This recipe for pizza sauce is simple and easy to do. I recognize that it’s not completely homemade because it doesn’t start from scratch with tomatoes, but it’s the closest thing to it.

It’s a lot of work to make pizza sauce completely from scratch, and I’ve decided that this form of “homemade” works best for me. This recipe is simple and easy to fix. I usually simmer the sauce while I’m mixing up the pizza dough for homemade pizza.  Tomato sauce, bay leaves, oregano, and parsley make a fine pizza sauce. I often double recipe so I can put some in the freezer and have it ready to use the next time. If you double the pizza dough and the sauce, you’ll have an easy meal next time. I allow the pizza dough and the sauce to thaw for several hours before I’m ready to use it.

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My friend Cindy (who happens to belong to my husband’s side of the family) makes a mean pizza and she gladly shared this recipe with me over a quarter of a century ago. Since then, I’ve never used anything else. I sometimes add Italian seasoning to the original recipe as well.

Once you’ve got your dough and sauce on the pan, add all ingredients except the cheese. Bake until the bottom of the crust is nearly done. Then add your cheese and put it back in the oven until the cheese has melted.

Your choice of ingredients will be as varied as the palettes of those you are serving.  I’ve used ham, bacon, hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese. Mix and match, or allow each person to design his own pizza using small cast iron skillets for personal pan pizzas!

If you’d like the recipe I use for my pizza dough, you can simply click here.

Homemade Pizza Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp. oregano leaves
  • ½ t. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. Season-all
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaf.
  4. Spread sauce over crust.
  5. Top with your choice of pizza ingredients

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