Speaking of feeling special, I love cucumbers. Of course, typing that reminds me of Dr. Ruth Westheimer. If you don’t remember or haven’t heard of her, she is a noted sex expert. Her heyday (har har) was in the 1980’s. Anyway, she went on David Letterman one night and listed cucumbers in her handy (har har) list of sex objects women could find around the house. My immaturity will not let me forget her statement nor allow me to not make reference (using my best overly German, Dr. Ruth impersonation, or course) when I purchase, slice or generally just get near a cucumber. Anyway, I digress. I love cucumbers, although sound advice in a pinch…not so much in the Dr. Ruth way. Cucumbers just make salads and sandwiches so much better. Plus a half a cup of sliced cucumber only has about 2 grams of carbs (yes I am still doing the low carb thing and no I haven’t killed anyone yet). So in honor of cucumbers, I decided to include a few recipes. These two recipes are perfect for a springtime, before dinner kind of thing. So, invite some friends over, serve some cocktails and appetizers, juggle some cucumbers for their amusement and then in your best German accent, tell them all about Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Cucumber Cooler (http://cocktailpuppy.blogspot.com)
½ oz simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, combine the cucumber slices, thyme, and ¼ cup crushed ice. Using a muddler*, crush ingredients until slushy. Add more ice, vodka and simple syrup. Cover, shake vigorously to combine and pour contents into a glass garnish with cucumber slice.
*although not included in Dr. Ruth’s list of potential sex objects found around the house, one could, if so inclined add a muddler, to that list.
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizers (http://scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com)
4 oz sour cream
8 oz smoked salmon, minced
1 shallot, minced
½ lemon, juiced
2 tbsp fresh dill, minced
Salt and white pepper to taste
*although not included in Dr. Ruth’s list of potential sex objects found around the house, one could, if so inclined add a melon baller, to that list.