I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Summer Pickled Cucumbers

There is no written recipe for these cucumbers. I learned how to make them watching Mama Lu. If you know how to cook you'll do fine! The recipe came from my Great Grandma Merten, Mama Lu's Grandma! Some of the best recipes we have are from her.

Cucumbers (the small ones are better, less seeds and less chance for bitterness, taste each one for bitterness.)

Miracle Whip
Half-n-half or milk and cream, whatever you've got.
White Wine Vinegar (regular white is fine)

Soak the cucumbers in salt water, taste every so often and when you think they are good, drain them. If you've got a lot of time, don't put in as much salt, if you've only got an hour or less add more. Taste!

Once the cucumbers are drained add a little miracle whip to the bowl and then whisk in the vinegar, start with a T at a time, depending on how many cucumbers you've got. Add your milk product of your choice.

Add the onions and pickles and taste, taste, taste! Sometimes I don't even want any when it comes time to eat, I've had to taste them so much, especially the first few times I made them!

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