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Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Plate Empanada and cuc tom salad
Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche

In the spring I visited my son Cory, and he introduced me to Blue Apron meal delivery service.  The Sumac-Spiced Salmon he made for us was outstanding.  Recently he sent me an invitation to try Blue Apron and they sent me one free delivery of 3 meals for 2 people.  One of the meals was for Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche.

Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Please forgive me for posting another salad recipe  on the heels of this Family Favorite Fresh Vegetable Salad!  But it is garden season in the USA and the vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are brimming with fresh vegetables like juicy wonderful tomatoes and sweet tasty cucumbers.

This may be a no-brainer salad for you but for me it shocked my shoes off!  I have never made a vegetable salad that is dressed with only a little olive oil, salt, and pepper!  Yep, that’s right – never.  In my mind, the vegetables need a little help dressing – like a bottle of salad dressing, a creamy homemade dressing, or something more than olive oil, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice

Cucumber and Tomato salad plated

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Garden Fresh Green Beans

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Have you been given a bag of fresh green beans from a neighbor or friend?  How about that basket of freshly picked green beans from the farmer’s market?  Green beans are that one vegetable that just about everyone loves to eat.

Fresh Green Beans
Fresh Green Beans

A few years ago I was standing in line at the grocery store and a woman began a conversation with me about green beans!
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Not Your Mama’s Potato Salad

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God just winked at me.
  I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing.  It’s a wonderful feeling.  Peace comes over me.

I’ve been recruited to make potato salad for 85 hungry folks that will show up in about 8 hours for the 4th of July BBQ lunch.  Okay, potato salad … for 85.  Potatoes, eggs, celery, onions, relish, mayonnaise.

I power up my computer and sign on to my website.  I’ll just take a peak at my mom’s potato salad recipe, which I have no doubt shared with readers some time during the past 4 years of blogging.  I type  p o t a to  s a l a d  into the search box.  A moment passes.  Nothing.  I click through to the INDEX tab, scroll down to S A L A D and begin to scan for mom’s recipe.  Nothing.

My brain can’t quite comprehend that I haven’t written her recipe, her exact instructions and her special magic.  How can this be?  Then I remembered her telling me she “just makes it“.  No exact measurements, just by feel.  I remember thinking I would take time to watch her make potato salad and write down the process and ingredient measurements.

But I never did it.
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Loaded Broccoli and Cauliflower


When this website goes “down” and can’t be accessed, I get an email saying “My Daily Bread Body and Soul is down.”  When it is back online I get a similar email saying “it is back up.”  This happens occasionally for a variety of reasons and I don’t get too worked up over it.  But, for the past two days I have received an unusual number of these messages.  I didn’t think much about it until this morning when I signed on to the administrative part of my website.  Much to my surprise I saw a graph that shows I have received between 3,000 and 4,000 new views a day to my blog since Wednesday!

baked stuffed chicken breasts
What is happening?
  My Grandmother’s Kitchen.org – that’s what.

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