This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Friday, July 17, 2009

my 1st cuke: a NC heirloom pickling cucumber

NC pickling cuke
sliced NC pickling cucumber 1st cuke martini

What a FANTASTIC cucumber! My first of the season and probably the best cuke I've ever tasted. Its a North Carolina Heirloom Pickling Cucumber (seed from from Sand Hill Preservation Center). They describe it as "a wonderful 2" to 3", blocky, creamy white cucumber. Makes superb dill pickles. Stay crisp when pickled." I could add: a fantastic fresh lemony flavor and incredibly crisp fresh off the vine! I can't wait for more.

Cheers to the first of the season!



Blogger prue said...

Looks so wonderful and crisp. Good work!!!

July 18, 2009 3:52 AM

Blogger Chef Phil and Malinda said...

Oh My it looks sooo there anything you WONT ad to a martini?? LOL!

July 18, 2009 6:49 AM

Anonymous Daphne said...

Oh I do envy that cucumber. I still haven't gotten my first one. It is very strange to be picking my cherry tomatoes already, but not my cucumbers.

July 18, 2009 6:59 AM

Blogger hip chick said...

Delish! I have been putting cucumber slices in a pitcher of water in the fridge. It's so very refreshing on a hot humid day.

July 18, 2009 7:34 AM

Blogger Janet Glaser said...

Mmmmm....looks delicious. Still waiting for cukes in MI.. Getting anxious...

July 18, 2009 11:59 AM

Anonymous Caroline said...

What a great variety! Are you going to pickle any (after enjoying many, many martinis, of course!)?

July 18, 2009 4:42 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

I love that you put veggies in your cocktails!

July 20, 2009 2:38 PM

Anonymous Adriana said...

I just paid over a dollar for a single cucumber. I didn't sow nearly enough. *sigh*

July 23, 2009 6:38 PM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

kathy -- we are buying lemon cucs at the farmers market here in CA right now -- we're not growing our own this year (remodeling has destroyed the garden) and they never taste as good as out of your own dirt -- What's in the coctail with it? vodka? or just soda water? interesting... Jennifer in Cupertino

August 02, 2009 5:41 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Hi Jen,

THE cocktail is a martini: to a shaker with crushed ice, add gin (or vodka) and a drop or two of dry vermouth. Shake well. Pour into frozen glass over seasonal veggies. Ahhh.

August 02, 2009 10:04 PM


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