Marinated Cucumber & Onion Salad

June 24, 2013

CucumberMarinated Cucumber & Onion Salad

I love this salad.  It’s easy to make and makes a great side dish.  If you plan on marinating the salad overnight make sure to cut the cucumber a tad thicker.  This way it will keep more of a crunch.  You may use any type of onion that you like, but a sweet onion (like Vidalia) is a good choice.  I’ve made this salad with red onions as well.


1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar

3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Mint

2 Tablespoons Honey

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

3 1/2 Cups Sliced Cucumber

1 Cup Sliced Onion

In a large size bowl combine the rice vinegar, chopped mint, honey, sugar, kosher salt and pepper.  Wisk until the sugar dissolves.  Add the cucumber and onion slices.  Toss well and cover with plastic wrap.  Place in the fridge for 4 or more hours.  While in the fridge go in and toss a few times to ensure that all of the cucumber and onion slices are getting marinated.  Remove from the fridge and serve.  Serves 4

Cucumber Salad 2

Smoked Okra

June 6, 2013

Smoked Okra 3Smoked Okra

If you’re an okra lover then you’re going to love Smoked Okra.  The “smoke” comes from the smoked paprika which I am a huge fan of. I love to eat them right out of the jar.


24 Okra

1 Cup White Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

1 1/2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika

1/2 Teaspoon Whole Mustard Seeds

1/2 Teaspoon Whole Peppercorns

1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

3 Whole Dried Chile Peppers

Wash and dry a very large glass jar.  Wash the okra and remove any of the prickly parts that are on the okra tops.  Place the okra into the jar along with the dried chili peppers.  You will probably need to pack the okra into the jar.  Set aside.  In a medium size pan add the vinegar, kosher salt, smoked paprika, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cayenne pepper and garlic cloves.  Whisk the ingredients in the pan to combine well.  Bring to a boil and then let the mixture boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and carefully pour the vinegar mixture into the okra filled jar.  Add water to fill to the top of the jar.  Put the lid on the jar and let sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature.  Place into the refrigerator and let sit for 1 week before eating.  These tend to be rather spicy so if you want to tone the spice down then leave out the dried chile peppers.

Quick Pickles

May 30, 2013

Quick PicklesQuick Pickles

I love to make my own pickles.  I think they’re better than the store bought ones.  If you want to make them spicy then add the hot peppers of your choice.


3 Thinly Sliced Unpeeled Small Pickling Cucumbers

1 Thinly Sliced White Onion

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds

1 Teaspoon Celery Seeds

4 Hot Peppers Cut In Half

In a large size sterilized glass jar layer the cucumbers, onions and hot peppers (if you are using the hot peppers). Set aside.  In a medium size saucepan heat the sugar, vinegars, kosher salt, mustard seeds and celery seeds over a medium heat.  Stir just until the sugar dissolves.  Pour the heated vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and onions (and hot peppers if using).  Set aside and let cool.  Place the lid on the jar and put in the refrigerator for several days before serving.  Makes about 1 quart.

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