Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's Shout Pickled Cucumbers

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The month of June is on the doorstep and I’m more than willing to open the door and let it in! June is a favorite month of mine for a few reasons. The weather starts to be consistently warmer, the farmers markets begin to sell their fresh produce and it’s the month when I married my beautiful wife…awwwww!


Locally grown cucumbers haven’t hit the farmers markets just yet but when they do I’ll have this easy Pickled Cucumber recipe ready to go. I was at a cooking event recently where Chef John Placko shared this recipe. It instantly reminded me of when I was a kid. During the summer months my mom would often place sliced cucumbers in a bowl with white vinegar and I loved them!


This recipe isn't much different except some sugar is added for sweetness and the dill compliments the flavor of the cucumber. I didn’t have fresh dill on hand when I made these so I used the dried variety. The fresh stuff would have put these cucumber slices over the top!

Hip Cooking Tip: In case you’re wondering, the vinegar and sugar are heated in the pot to dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. If you just stirred it in without heating it up the sugar would sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Song Pairing: As I mentioned, June is the month I married my wife and we are coming up on ten years. Time does fly! Our first dance wasn’t the typical slow dance. We took dancing lessons and learned how to jive and strutted our stuff to Collin Jame’s song “Let’s Shout”. It got our guests and us fired-up for the party afterwards! Like the cucumbers, this song always puts a smile on my face when I have it playing in my kitchen or anywhere else for that matter!

Recipe Pairing – When I was a kid the perfect match for pickled cucumbers was a good Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Let's Shout Pickled Cucumbers
Cucumber slices pickled in white wine vinegar and dill

Instruments
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp fresh chopped dill or ¼ tsp dried
Cucumber slices

Lyrics
In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and sugar. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Stir in dill. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a bowl combine cucumber slices and vinegar mixture. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Volume: Makes 4 servings

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Brent Garell (@kitchenroadie)
brent@cookapalooza.com

2 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary in advance! My husband and I also had a fast first dance at our wedding and took lessons, too! Right until the end I didn't think he was going to get the hang of the swing (our instructor said he had low, not no, rhythm...haha). But, in the end he pulled through and it was so fun to surprise everyone with that dance.

    The hub is a much better gardener than dancer. Now I have another recipe to try and use up the masses of cucumbers that he grows. Looks good!!

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  2. Thanks so much "I Sing" for the happy anniversary wish! That's pretty cool we did the same thing with the dance lessons.

    My wife is the gardener so I rely on her skills to grow the produce which we always really enjoy over the summer!

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