Cucumbers

  Ingredients 2 plum tomatoes (7 ounces; 200g), cored and diced Kosher salt Olive oil or vegetable oil, for frying 3/4 pound Italian eggplant (about 1 medium eggplant; 350g), sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds 1/2 large seedless cucumber (7 ounces; 200g), diced 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley 1/4 cored head cabbage (7 ounces; 200g), thinly shredded 2 tablespoons (30ml) white wine vinegar 4 fresh rounds pita bread, warmed and split just enough to form a pocket 3/4 cup homemade or store-bought hummus (6 ounces; 170g) 1/2 cup (120ml) homemade or store-bought tahini sauce (note that tahini and tahini sauce are different products) 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced Israeli pickles, for serving (see note above) Amba sauce, for serving (see note above) Directions Place tomatoes in a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl and toss with a generous pinch of salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 inch oil...

This weeks recipe comes from Brand Ambassador Chelsea Stockdale. Here's what you'll need: 1) 1 package of Rotini Noodles (I used GF Lentil Noodles) 2) A handful of baby tomatoes 3) 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 4) 1/2 cup olive oil 5) 1/2 farm fresh red/purple onion 6) 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 7) 1 tsp minced garlic 8) 1 handful crumbled feta cheese (Use your New South cheese share if you can here!) 9) 1/2 tsp salt 10) 1/8 tsp pepper 11) 1/2 farm fresh cucumber Total Time: 20{ish} Minutes Prep Time: 5-7{ish} minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 Step 1) Cook your pasta. Bring 4 quarts water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the packaged instructions. This is usually around 7-10 minutes. Once your noodles are tender and cooked, drain well and rinse them with cold water. Set them aside in a separate bowl that you'll use as the serving bowl. Step 2) While your pasta is cooking,...

This is great as a sandwich spread but equally enjoyable on a thick slice of tomato. Ingredients 1 medium cucumber, peeled & grated 1 medium onion, peeled & grated 1 tsp. salt 8oz cream cheese 1 Tbs. mayonnaise Mix together cucumber, onion, and salt then let stand 30 minutes. Put in a sieve and drain off liquid. Next mix in the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste. Recipe courtesy of Sandra Karcher, Heifer Village Volunteer To learn more about volunteering with Heifer International please check out www.heifer.org/volunteer...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) My aunt made this dish at a family gathering a few years ago. It was such a smash hit that I asked for the recipe. She cut it out of the paper and gave me the clipping. I have heard of other versions of this called Texas Caviar, which uses more Southwest flavors like jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. It is different every time I make it, as the basic recipe is so easy. Sometimes I add corn kernels, sometimes I add farro or quinoa, sometimes I change up the beans, but it always turns out great. It is perfect for picnics, too, as it doesn’t need to be kept cool. I really hope you try this one!   Mississippi Caviar Ingredients 1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 large green bell pepper 1 large red...

Storage Cucumbers are sensitive to both moisture and temperature, so storing them too cold may lead to a wilted, rubbery texture within a few days. Instead, try wrapping cucumbers in a paper towel or thin kitchen towel and placing them on the upper shelves of your refrigerator where it is not as cold as the crisper drawer. Cucumbers can also be stored in a cool spot on the counter, away from direct sunlight and ethylene-producers such as tomatoes, apples, and bananas that will accelerate spoiling. Either way, eat within 3 days for maximum freshness. Preservation Because of their high water content (95%!), cucumbers do not freeze or dehydrate well. The best way to preserve cucumbers for long-term use is to make pickles. There are many types of pickles and many recipes for each, but here are a few basic recipes to get you started: Garlic Dill Pickles Bread and Butter Pickles Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish Recipes   Summer Tomato, Onion,...