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Japanese Cucumber Salad

Japanese Cucumber Salad

It is time for a new month. And with it some new recipes. I love cucumbers and the watery juice that comes from them. It is so refreshing on a hot summer day. I loved this recipe and want to share it but it would have been a great valentine dish to have fixed. Pourquoi?? Because it makes your lips tingle!!

Though I only used one cucumber per the directions, it had enough juice, even after the reduction, for two.  Sooo refreshing. Enjoy.

Recipe: Japanese Cucumber Salad (Adapted from:
For the Love of Cooking

Ingredients:
1 english (hothouse) cucumber, peeled
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup of water
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Directions:
Peel the cucumber then cut in half lengthwise. Take a small spoon and scoop out all the seeds from the cucumber. Cut into bite size pieces and place in a colander, sprinkle with salt and toss well. Drain 1 hour. Place on several layers of paper towels. Let stand for 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Rinse and pat dry.
Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and pepper in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cook until reduced to 1/3 cut (about 10 minutes). Remove vinegar reduction from heat; cool. Combine cucumbers and vinegar deduction in a medium bowl; toss well. Enjoy.

My apron of choice? My Paris Mini of course.  Oh, and I was listening to a Tony Bennet cd I bought ages ago and never even opened! Not so great but not so bad, but such a fun day.

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