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Cucumber and Poppy Seed Salad

  This is the salad Suzen pairs with a Moroccan Spiced Chicken [yesterday’s post!]. The chicken is hot out of the oven, coated with a sweet and spicy sauce. This salad has its own heat, from different sources, and its own sweetness from honey. The salad is served cold so you can alternate bites of…

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Cold Cucumber Cream with Tomato Salsa from Michele Scicolone’s Italian Vegetable Cookbook

  Recently I posted a very positive review for Michele Scicolone’s The Italian Vegetable Cookbook. And I’m on a tear for making agua frescas. Here a unique “blend” thanks to Michele. It’s a soup but it’s almost an agua fresca. Leave out the vinegar [and maybe salt and pepper] and you could happily drink away…

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Nippy Cucumber Relish

  Cucumbers. Absolutely marvelous food. Or eye patches. I often use cucumbers in dips where they are combined with yogurt or sour cream for a mellow treat. But, there are options. This recipe gives you fire on day one and a tumult of heat if you let it sit in the refrigerator. I would normally…

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Cucumber Agua Fresca and Some Cucumber Lore

Ah, I had been expecting the call. For years, for over a decade. My doctor calls me and starts with, “About your blood test …” I’m fine. I am NOT diabetic. But I am in that “pre-diabetic” category where I have to exercise some judgment. More judgment, Suzen tells me, that I have displayed in…

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