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I know I don’t normally post twice in one day (especially after such a long time!) but this recipe was too good NOT to share!  I saw this recipe in one of the blogs I read (Two Peas and Their Pod) and had to try it because I had all sorts of rhubarb in my refrigerator just waiting to be used up.

It’s really simple and turned out so delicious!!!

I didn’t take a picture of the ingredients, but it’s pretty easy:

2 apples, peeled and chopped

2-4 sticks of rhubarb, chopped

1/2 cup sugar

Put ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until they get mushy.  You can smash the pieces so they’re smaller, or leave them big, either way this is great!  It’s good warm, and just as good cold – a real winning recipe :o)

I’m a big fan of cucumbers.  I don’t remember liking them very much when I was younger, but I definitely like them now!  Since I’ve grown up, I’ve enjoyed using them to make salads or to put on salads.  I’ve even made my own version of my Aunt’s famous (at least in our family!) cukes and onions.  I found this recipe last year and made it for myself (because the man doesn’t really like cucumbers, and my kids don’t really like jalapenos), and this year I finally got someone else to try it (thanks Dad!).  Don’t tell my Aunt, but Dad said it might even be better than her cukes and onions.

This is very simple if you have a food processor (I think that’s part of why I like it so much!)  If you don’t, it wouldn’t be very difficult, but I’m not a big fan of cutting jalapenos – I always forget gloves and end up with painful hands!

Use:

2 cucumbers, quartered

1/2 onion (red would be good, but I used vidalia)

1 jalapeno (core it and scrape out the seeds if you don’t want it to be very hot)

a few cloves of garlic

about 1/2 cup of rice vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

If you have a food processor:

Put the onion, garlic and jalapeno in the bowl and chop until it’s small.

Put the slicing blade on and feed the cucumbers through.

Mix it all together with the rice vinegar (which adds a nice sweet taste to this!) salt and pepper and let it sit for a few minutes or overnight to let the flavors blend.

If you don’t have a food processor:

Dice/mince the onion/jalapeno/garlic.

Slice the cucumbers as thin as you can.

Mix it all together.

That’s not really a great picture, but the taste is great.  There’s a little heat from the jalapeno and a little sweet from the rice vinegar.  Enjoy!