Everyday Mom's Meals: Summer Winding Down

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Winding Down

I know, those words make me want to cry too. I can't believe this weekend we'll be celebrating Labor Day, the official gateway to what I call "boo hoo hoo time" also known as the end of summer. Schools are back in session, nights are cooler, there is a chill in the air each morning. This means fall is on it's way. And while I don't mind autumn-- the food, the smells, the fall festivals--I know it's only a matter of time before that dreaded "s" word makes another annual appearance. Shhhh....don't say it! It might hear you! But luckily here in Indiana we are usually blessed w/ some warm fall days, those Indian Summer ones if you will. So I refuse to end the summer posts quite yet. In my house growing up, this was a summer staple. My dad absolutely loved this salad and when he was growing cucumbers in his garden, mom would make it at least once per week. I love the marinated cucumbers I make, so refreshing and light, but this one holds a special place in my heart too. A little different texture, the addition of the onion and of course, the cream (mom actually made it w/ Miracle Whip and Vinegar), but it is still nice for a hot night, and perfect w/ a meal brought in fresh from the open flame of a grill. Autumn and all of its wonders may be right around the corner, but I'm hanging on to summer w/ all of my might for just a tad longer!

Creamy Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp salt

1/2 c. heavy cream
2 TBS white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine cucumbers, onion and salt. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. (I sit mine in a colander in the sink b/c it tends to draw out moisture) Drain well. Combine dressing ingredients. Place cucumber mixture in a large bowl and pour dressing over. Mix well to combine. Chill several hours before serving.

Shared on Lady Behind the Curtain Aug. 31, 2011
Shared on This Chick Cooks Aug. 31, 2011
Shared on Lark's Country Heart Aug. 31, 2011
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Sept. 1, 2011
Shared on Around My Family Table Sept. 1, 2011
Shared on Six Sisters Stuff Sept. 3, 2011


Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

post Labor day, Pre thanksgiving... prime grilling season for me.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Krista,
I just love cucumbers fixed like this. It is a great recipe. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come back soon!
Miz Helen

Anonymous said...

I love cucumbers, but had never had them with this dressing. tried it today-labor day week-end. it is great-thanks for all the great receipes you share. this one is another keeper. Karen