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This dish, with fresh cucumbers from the garden, was a summer favorite in my childhood home. Mom always peeled her cucumbers, but I like to use organic English cucumbers when I can get them and leave on the outer skin. It adds color to the dish. You can choose to use non-organic cucumbers and leave on the peel, but sure to wash them thoroughly to remove pesticide residue.

Mom’s Cucumber and Onion Salad

Serves 2


  • ½ English cucumber (or you can use a whole regular cucumber) sliced into rounds
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 or 3 slices of onion, separated into rings and cut into 2-inch pieces. (I prefer a sweet white onion but other white or yellow onions will work as well)



  • Place cucumbers and onions slices into a glass bowl. Stir to mix.
  • In a large measuring cup, stir salt and sugar into 1 ½ cups water until dissolved.
  • Add vinegar to water mix.
  • Pour liquid over cucumbers and onions, making sure they are covered.
  • Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator 2 hours or more to blend flavors. Can be left in overnight if you wish.
  • Serve cooled, drained vegetables as a salad or side dish.

Cook’s note:

After you’ve eaten the first batch of cucumbers and onions, don’t throw away the liquid. You can cut more vegetables and place them in the leftover vinegar water. Chill and serve the next day.

This recipe doubles easily for company.

While you’re waiting for the flavors to blend pick up a copy of Catherine’s multi-award-winning inspirational romantic suspense The Nun and the Narc.


The Nun and the Narc

By Catherine Castle

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.


About the Author/Cook:

Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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