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Wow, that sounds good.
And with those ingredients as a base, a person could mix and match and try other things.
Hey, I wonder if we could have a recipe challenge?
Where we select a plant or several, and invent a recipe. Then all the members sample it, made themselves, and rate them?
Maybe different categories? Like the melon challenge, the cucumber challenge etc. No matter who wins, with us all experimenting, and sampling each others creations... we all win... And since this is a garden forum, it wouldn't be just any old cucumber etc. But certain kinds of vegetables, and variations by using other kinds...
Hey mods, can we do that? Have a summer long, at least recipe challenge divided into categories? What an awesome way to try new things!
Then if I have a recipe for something that I didn't grow and see it at a farmer's market, I would know what to do with it... try it, and then know if I want to grow it next year, or in the next succession planting.
Knowing the many ways to prepare our garden offerings, will really enhance our gardening.
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I believe they have a recipe forum available where they probably would want any recipes posted.

I wrote a cook book a few years ago. I didn't write it to publish, just to share. Our kids told me they would be extremely angry with me if I died and they didn't have some of my recipes. Since I rarely use recipes when I cook, our daughter followed me around the kitchen for a couple of days measuring everything I used while I made some dishes. Most of those recipes are in the book including my barbecue sauce recipe she wanted most.

It also has some funny recipes in the game section which I haven't tried. I may still have time to try some jellied moose nose, or seal flipper, or possum, or raccoon before I run out of time. I'm just waiting for the right opportunity.

It is in MS word 2003 version. It has twenty chapters or categories totaling about 1.2 megs. In other words you will receive twenty files.

If you want a copy, p.m. me. Don't put your email address on here.

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I second that fantastic idea Ozark lady! Talk about broadening our horizons! I was having a hard time this year deciding what I wanted to grow, like I thought hard about chard but Iv never eaten it and never ever knew how to serve it so a recipe for something new would be totally fun! And to bring back my own take on the new treat (or even report if it's kid and husband friendly) I think you just had a fab idea!!!

Hey, Mod....

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Please.... :roll:

Here's to hoping Ozark Lady! That would make this forum really fun!
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Thirded. I just impulse bought green kohlrabi and rainbow chard and have no clue how to prepare either.

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Cut up fresh vegetables into bite size chunks; use any combination of cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, onions, mushrooms or any vegetable you want. Add to tomato juice and spice to taste. This makes a cold soup and it is low in calories and highly good for you.

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I had to revisit this thread -- I now have two veggie bags of cucumbers... AFTER making 2 pints (my usual small batch) of Bread and Butter pickles. I thought I only had 1 bag but forgot about the harvest from yesterday which filled the 2nd bag. :roll:

Some forgotten ideas here. Recipe Challenge? Is it too late? 8) Anyone can kick it off -- start a thread! :D

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A challenge idea still sounds great.
I didn't manage to get any cucumbers to grow this year, I did get them to put on 5-6 leaves before dying out.
But, in all fairness, I only planted 3 hills, I just don't find cucumbers useful enough to devote much space to.
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I decided that I most immediately wanted the cucumber, tomato, egg salad. But I was out of mayonnaise... then I thought -- why not make it myself? I got the Alton Brown's Good Eats recipe (something technical like mayo has to be AB 8) ) and now, I'm enjoying my salad. I added a bit of my own Bread and Butter pickles brine, fresh Yamato cukes (after scoring the skin with a fork and massaging with salt to get the bitterness out) and some Polish Cream Sausage tomato juice, and I'm having the salad with red, orange, and yellow (Moskowich, AAA Solano, Yellow Bell) tomatoes. :()

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This is funny, in another forum, someone just talked about making mayonnaise and wanted to know how to make it into Miracle Whip.
They were talking secret ingredients etc. Mayo and Miracle Whip are the same thing, same ingredients, difference is: more oil in Mayo, you make mayo then just double the lemon juice and sugar, and you can substitute half the oil, and wallaaa... you have Miracle Whip. It is quite easy to play with the recipe until you fine tune it, just to your liking... like you just did!
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cucs

One old timer who didn't like cucumbers gave me this recipe. Ya peel'm and slice em add onions if you like then pour sugar/vinegar mixture to the concoction and walk out on the back porch and giv'm a sling. That was his way of serving fresh cucs.
I prefer cucs peeled, sliced and sliced onions with sweented vinegar pour over and refrigerate for a few hours but I don't throw them off the porch. good on sandwichs too.
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I'm not sure if you like "Sushi" or not but its a relative and commonly used term even for the vegetarian versions of Sushi....I make it at home somewhat often and I never used raw or even cooked seafood in them, I love vegetarian ones...My favorite happens to be ones made with only rice and cucumbers inside and pickled ginger on top with a bit of low sodium soy sauce....it's a acquired taste but people don't generally think veggies when it comes to sushi, only as a garnish or side companions to raw or cooked seafood....u can find recipes and ways to make it on the internet, but that is the only reason why I buy them at the store, and I don't eat it often enough to warrant growing it...I also like to pair it with a little avocado even sometimes in the sushi rolls :) Just another use for cukes that most people don't do is all

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BTW lol i forgot to add, it would make more sense regarding my post if you knew...I am actually South Korean :) LOL

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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

Bump :()
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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

I went to a Christmas party with Mexican food, and They made a cold cucumber soup. I think it was called Posada. I thought it didn't have that much flavor but then they showed me how to garnish it. With Mexican food is all about the toppings, roasted salsa, cheese, cilantro, bacon.

You can also make a cucumber raita.

A cucumber dipping sauce

It can be used as an ingredient in sushi as someone already mentioned

Cucumber salad with borage

cucumber salsa

cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese

Evil Jungle Prince is usually served on a bed of lettuce and cucumbers

Add cucumber strips to Banmi sandwiches

Stir fry cucumber with chicken or pork

Greek Tzatziki sauce

cucumber and yogurt

You can always use cucumbers for a facial. It helps soothe tired eyes.

Add cucumbers to your kale smoothie
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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

I went to a Christmas party with Mexican food, and They made a cold cucumber soup. I think it was called Posada. I thought it didn't have that much flavor but then they showed me how to garnish it. With Mexican food is all about the toppings, roasted salsa, cheese, cilantro, bacon.

You can also make a cucumber raita.

A cucumber dipping sauce

It can be used as an ingredient in sushi as someone already mentioned

Cucumber salad with borage

cucumber salsa

cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese

Evil Jungle Prince is usually served on a bed of lettuce and cucumbers

Add cucumber strips to Banmi sandwiches

Stir fry cucumber with chicken or pork

Greek Tzatziki sauce

cucumber and yogurt

You can always use cucumbers for a facial. It helps soothe tired eyes.

Add cucumbers to your kale smoothie

Cucumbers in sandwiches, besides your basic tea sandwich, I will add them to tuna, egg, or burgers.

Jello cool cucumber salad. Lime jello, cottage cheese, cucumber.

Thin strips of cucumbers can be used as one of the topping for somen salad.

Cucumber kim chee

Namasu (Japanese pickled cucumber, daikon, carrots in vinegar, and sugar)
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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

Here's something I just made up today 8)

Miso, ginger, garlic Braised (spicy) Overgrown Cucumbers

Heat a teaspoon of roasted sesame oil with 1-2 Tbs vegetable oil (I used safflower) medium-low. Add a sliver of fresh ginger. Peel overgrown cucumber in alternate strips, then slice into1/4-1/2" disks. Place directly in hot oil in a single layer -- it should be just enough to sizzle but not pop or spatter.

Scatter a large garlic clove sliced (heat should be low enough that garlic will toast slowly but not burn). Add about a TBS of koji miso -- cut into small bits in the oil with a knife and spread around. Add a whole fresh hot pepper (mine was a 1-1/2" Hot Lemon Drop.

Turn the cucumber slices when the bottom is translucent and caramelized. Keep an eye on the garlic and make sure they don't burn -- pull them out when toasted. Pull out the miso bits before they are burned also. They should be put on the serving plate and on top of the finished cucumbers as they are removed from the pan.

Keep moving the hot pepper around. Turn the cucumber on top of garlic and miso and sometimes swirl the pan to make sure nothing is sticking. Cucumber will benefit from being flipped two more times to soak up the flavored oil. Toss in about 1/8-1/4 tsp of whole cumin seeds towards the end. Season with salt if needed/desired, but the miso should be salty enough.

Cucumbers are done when the entire slice is translucent with nice caramelization going on on both surfaces. Scrape up all the garlic, miso, and toasted cucumber seeds before they burn and scatter on top of the cucumbers.

I thought these were great with cooked brown rice.
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cynthia_h wrote:sliced cukes, plain yogurt, fresh chopped mint leaves.
let stand 15 minutes or more.

Sounds like Lunch or, maybe, side dish at Dinner.

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That's nice. It can also be done with dried mint, instead of the fresh kind. It's a nice accompaniment with lunch or dinner.

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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

Like cynthia says, with lots of added crushed garlic.

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I'm going to try to make Korean Cucumber Kimchi today :()
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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

valley wrote:Like cynthia says, with lots of added crushed garlic.

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Finely chopped or minced, in plain yoghurt, is nice. It can be with or without, chopped cucumbers and mint.

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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

Since being married I discovered hubby has a love of Korean food and also likes cukes. I found him a recipe for Korean Cucumber Salad. Though not like a salad in the truist sense of the word it is vinegar based but the flavor is offset by a small amount of sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and oyster sauce (<--yep you read that right lol). Made with cukes and onion and is basically a quick pickle, an hour in the fridge and it's ready to eat. The longer though, over night, is even better. I make it once in a while for him but I'm hoping this year I can actually get some home grown cukes to make it with for him. I'm not a huge fan of pickles made with cukes per say but I do love pickled veggies (weird I know). But this 'salad' I do enjoy, likely due to the flavorings added and not the typical sweet or dill flavors. My recipe below if you want to try it.

Oi Muchim (Korean Cucumber Salad:

1 Large Onion sliced very thinly
4-5 Large Cukes peeled, deseeded and sliced thinly (Asian or regular cukes, whichever you have is fine)
1/4 Cup plus 1/8 Cup Warm Water
1 1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar (Rice Wine works well too)
3 TableSpoons Oyster Sauce
1 1/2 TableSpoons Sesame Oil
1 1/2 TableSpoons Sesame Seeds
3 teaspoons Salt
3 teaspoons sugar

Mix everything but the onion and cukes well into a large bowl and then add the cukes and onions. Mix well about every 15 minutes for at least an hour while it sits in the fridge. It's ready after an hour but over night works even better. Just give it a good stir before going to bed and before eating.

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I will be fermenting pickles this year. I also plan to experiment with Kimchi type recipes using bok choi and cucumbers along with some Michihili cabbage. I am trying to ferment and blend garden veggies as the ripen. Other veggies will include carrots, Kohlrabi, radish, chard stalks and whatever else has a good water/sugar content.

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Cucumber kim chee
cucumber dip
Cucumber and carrot namasu (Japanese pickle condiment)
Cucumber sandwiches (for high tea)
California roll (sushi)
Cucumber and Avocado salad
Somen salad
creamy cucumber and dill salad dressing
Thai cucumber salad
Minted watermelon and cucumber salad
Smoothie ( apple mint cucumber, or blueberry cucumber) You can hide anything in a smoothie with the right companions
Use the cucumbers slices to get rid of dark circles under your eyes.
Garden pasta salad
Add some diced cucumber to tuna or chicken salad
Tzatziki sauce for veggie dips
Add minced cucumber instead of water chestnuts to spinach dip
gazpacho
Mexican cucumber salad
cucumber salsa
Taegu Ocean Salad with Linguini
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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

I never grow cucumbers. We don't eat cucumbers they taste like melons that are not ripe. We don't eat pickles either. I like mustard pickle relish on hotdogs. My mother and grandmother use to make sliced cucumbers in vinegar they were good. If I get a restaurant salad with a slice of cucumber I will eat it. We don't like cucumbers I stir fry or any other food. If I could find a good cucumber recipe that we like we might eat them. It is amazing these things are $2 each at the grocery store. We like cucumber sauce at the Greek restaurant and cucumber salad dressing.

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I have very little experience canning or pickling. Last fall, I came across a recipe for refrigerator dills that looked good.

Fresh cucumbers are an important part of my garden harvest. I might splash them with vinegar and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Maybe not. If they are just peeled, I'm happy ;). Pickles. I like dills but eat very few. The other pickle types, I don't care for.

It seems that sweet pickles are the most popular for refrigeration. I tried a recipe for refrigerator dills a couple of years ago that were too sweet for me to eat. I am sure I'll never be eating lots of pickles but I found a recipe last fall and I'm still finishing one jar and have one more to go. They seem fine!

Remove the blossom end of the cucumbers and stuff in a jar. For each quart of cucumbers, Add:
2 cloves garlic,
1 tsp mustard seeds,
2 tsp dill seed,
2 tsp sugar,
2 tbsp canning salt, and
a hot pepper

Mix 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar with 2 cups of filtered water and bring to a boil.

Fill the jars with the boiling vinegar/water mix. Cover with lids and give the jars a shake. Refrigerate. Shake every now then over a week or two and begin to sample.

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I like cucumbers. However, while I love Diva cucumbers, most people here prefer the Japanese/ English cucumbers because they are generally crisper. If I have too many, I have no problem giving them away. Kai Choy cabbage, few takers. Chayote, after a while it is what is used to be like trying to give away extra zucchini. Eggplant, I have a lot, but there are a lot of takers they just prefer the purple ones to the green.
I actually like cucumber dip and cucumber raita on crackers or as a veggie dip. I do seed cucumbers and add it to somen salad or to mixed green salads.
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Diva? I had trouble with Diva but it may have been a bad cucumber year. They are a little hardier than melons but not many plants can thrive through weeks of just-above-freezing nights and 50°f afternoon highs. Too cool for a cucumber and they will have a poor production later. I recently wised up and set out additional plants the first week of July.

Beit Alpha types like Diva are great - especially for snacking in the garden. I've wondered if they do not have the best "visual" appeal because they are slightly wrinkled. Beit Alphas look a little too long off the vine even while they are still on the vine! Surely if we can put up with warts and spines on some of the others, we can overlook the wrinkling on these wonderful little guys. Shows character, don't ya know ...

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Re: Recipes for Cucumbers? How Do You Eat them?

Cuke sandwiches and homemde tzatziki are my standbys. I also love what I call faux-sushi. I take those little seaweed snack packs and wrap them around some combination of cream cheese, cucumber, avocado, and/or smoked salmon.

My biggest use of excess cukes is to slice and dehydrate them. They're a fantastic low-cal dipper/potato chip alternative. You could season them, but I don't bother. I guess if I was going to, I'd just sprinkle them with cajun spice or something like that. Most of the distinct cucumber flavour disappears, so what you're left with is quite mild.
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