Monday, August 24, 2009

Gingerbread - More than a Cookie!

We are back up at White Lake again and loving the last bit of summer with its cooler temperatures. My parents have some dear friends up here - and one of my favorites is "Mrs. Margaret"! As a child I would come to the lake and LOVE to see the "Gingerbread Houses". Two such houses exist in our little community, one of which belongs to "Mrs. Margaret". Looking at these houses I am sure one could wonder if a fairy godmother or a witch could live in such a story book home. Thank goodness for us - they are both occupied by lovely families!

"Mrs. Margaret" spent one of her summer days cooking with her sister and took some photos for me to share with the "Klique".

Her sister Marie is a great cook and makes some interesting and different food that her family enjoys. She was a teacher/principal in NYC and has retired to Florida. Marie comes home to White Lake, for a few weeks every summer to enjoy the cool Catskill mountain air and to bond with the family. One of the activities that she enjoys is to cook and reminisce about life growing up in the 50's and 60's.

This Israeli salad is very basic and simple in ingredients, but the flavors meld and it is very refreshing and yummy. If you are on Weight Watchers, it would be 0 points if you use the splenda.

Use 1 or 2 cucumbers (remove the seeds) chopped chunky
3-4 chopped chunky ripe tomatoes
handful of fresh parsley (chopped)
half of a large vidalia or other sweet onion chopped
1 whole lemon (squeezed)
sprinkle of kosher salt
sprinkle of pepper
sugar or (1 packet splenda)
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Put all ingredients into a large bowl,stir, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. After you make it once and you like it, you can always adjust the different ingredients to your taste. You can also add other ingredients...such as green and red pepper, garbanzo beans, chopped zuchinni, carrots...etc....

Thanks "Mrs. Margaret" for sharing your recipes. You are our "Fairy god Friend" in our favorite "Gingerbread" House!

Check back this Wednesday for another of the sister's recipes!


Robin Sue said...

I would love to live in a house like that someday. What a lovely neighbor to make a recipe for the Klique!

Sabrina said...

Lovely house and sweet friend for sharing. I now have something to make with the bunch of tomatoes I have sitting around. Thanks

jancd said...

Well, I tried, but could not get that salad off my mind. So when I was at the store this morning, picked up the needed supplies and hurried home and made it so it would be ready for lunch. We had a little left over Mexican food left over, so I served that with the salad. I could have eaten the entire salad, but I did share it with my husband. He liked it----not like I did. It is so light and fresh tasting. And so easy to make. This is definitely a repeat--maybe tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

jamesh said...

Glad it was wort time and useful! :-)

Thanks For this great Awesome useful collection.. :)

Judi H said...

Cucumbers and tomatoes.... something so plentiful during summer, and something so light and tasty. Thanks for posting. Just found your blog and like the sound of some of your other recipes. So glad your daughters were able to get copy of your recipes with the stories and memories with the recipes. What a beautiful legacy for them to then share with their children as well...