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Monday, June 4, 2012

Cool and Crunchy

I got to do something over the weekend that I never get to do.  I spent the weekend in New York and it did not include a tennis bag, a case of Gatorade, or my daughter.  Or my husband.  Or my son.

Yes, it's true.  I had a weekend in New York all on my own.  I went for my cousin Andi's baby shower and got to spend lots of time with my cousins Phil and Gloria, who are great fun.  Gloria and I shopped.  And we ate.  What else do you need to do when in New York?  Then we went to the baby shower, which was beautiful.  All the cousins were there, which I am sure was a little scary for Andi's friends.

My cousin Susan did all the cooking for the shower and let me tell you, there are high priced caterers who wouldn't have put on such an impressive show.  She even made a baby carriage out of a watermelon.  I was impressed.

There were lots of delicious salads, several of which I am going to get the recipes for so I can pass them along to all of you.  Honestly, Susan could go into business throwing showers.

Since I don't have any of Susan's recipes to share with you just yet, I thought I might pass along my version of a radish, cucumber, and tomato salad I had for an appetizer on Saturday night.  It was very fresh tasting and had a really appealing crunch.  Mine came out a little different than the one I had over the weekend, but it's a perfect summer salad that will only get more and more delicious as the produce improves.

Look at that.  I'm always on the job.  I may have taken the weekend off but I was thinking of all of you.  What can I say?

Recipe:  Radish, Cucumber and Tomato Salad 


1 large heirloom tomato, cut in quarters and sliced
2 bunches red radishes, sliced thin
1 English cucumber, seeded and sliced medium

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt


Toss prepared vegetables together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper.  Slowly add the olive oil.  Whisk together with the other ingredients until combined.

Pour over prepared vegetables.  Let sit for 15 minutes for flavors to combine.

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