Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
I love this time of year. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers are beginning to ripen. We have had squash and zucchini for a few weeks and they are still producing. We did not plant beans this year (getting too old to bend over to pick) or corn (not enough space). I will be buying them from local markets.
I think I could eat Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches every day. They are SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Several very easy recipes that you may enjoy:
Cucumbers with Sour Cream
Slice your cucumbers into chunks or slices. You can peel and take out the seeds if you wish. Place your cucumbers in a bowl and top with sour cream. Use enough sour cream to cover all the cucumbers. Allow to set in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. Add salt and pepper to taste. This a great and if you use No Fat Sour Cream the calories are minimal. I also found a sour cream that has chives and it is wonderful with the cucumbers.
Slice your cucumbers. You can peel if you desire. Layer cucumbers and onions in a plastic container. You can also salt and pepper each layer. After you have the container filled add vinegar (1-2T for about a quart container) and then fill with water. You can add a small amount of sugar to counteract the vinegar, garlic, hot pepper flakes and/or dill to your taste. Allow these to marinate at least 24 hours. These are great with just about any meal. You can continue to add cucumbers to the mixture.
Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad
This is one of my favorites. Slice your tomatoes (peel if desired) and slice the fresh mozzarella. Arrange the tomato slices on a plate and lightly salt. Place a mozzarella slice on the top of each tomato. Drizzle with a light Balsamic vinegar dressing. Enjoy as a light lunch with soup and crusty bread. Delicious.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
4-5 medium ripe tomatoes (peel)
1/2 sweet onion – diced very fine
1 green pepper – chopped very fine
1 hot pepper – cayenne, jalapeno, etc. More if you like hotter
2 T. chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 T. lime juice
1 T. Olive Oil
Salt, pepper, garlic powder and hot salt to taste
Mix together and refrigerate for several hours for the flavor to marry.
1 ripe Avocado (score the avocado in the shell and then scoop out)
1-2 ripe tomatoes - peeled and chopped
1/4 onion – chopped fine
1 T. lime juice
salt, pepper, hot salt (sauce) and garlic to taste
Mix together and make sure the Avocado is in small chunks.
Marinated Vegetable Salad
Mix a variety of garden vegetables:
Cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onion, green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery. Chop into 1/4 inch size. Top with “Hendrick’s” Dressing, Italian Dressing or your favorite Balsamic dressing. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. This is a great side dish for bar-b-que or any summer meal.
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