Country cooking meets healthy cooking is almost an impossible combination.

“Almost” being the key word.

The country girl wants to flavor all her food with salt pork or bacon drippings. The city girl wants to use a tablespoon of olive oil and lots of spices. In those grease/oil battles, “cleaner” arteries usually wins out. However, sometimes it has to be a compromise.

Terry, my brother-in-law, has a beautiful garden which he unselfishly shares with the family. I can not ever thank him enough! He obviously has a “green” thumb which is the opposite of my “brown” thumb. You can judge this for yourself by clicking here…Plant Murderer

My veggie dinner went something like this…

Slice the squash into medallions and put into a covered pan to steam. Add a little bit of bacon drippings or a few slices of bacon for flavor.

Add green onions chopped large with the green tops.

Add sliced white onions.

Add pepper.

Add salt.

For the other dish…
Cut cucumbers into medallions and cover with a large amount of salt and some pepper.

Cover the cucumbers with apple cider vinegar.

Let the cucumbers soak for a little while…short soak = still crunchy cucumbers.

Plated side by side.

Obviously the large amount of salt in the cucumbers is not very healthy, but if I cook the squash “healthy” then I can have the cucumbers “less healthy”. That is called prerogative!…It is my right!…It is also called rationalization.

Dinner compliments of Gardener Terry and the Country-City Girl Chef a.k.a. The Redhead Riter!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 BookLady July 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Squash=yum! Home grown squash=yum yum! Glad to have you in the Brown Thumb club! 🙂


2 cgw @ accidentally, kle July 12, 2009 at 12:18 am

LOL @ your prerogative 😉

btw, re the banoffee pie, you can use digestive biscuits instead. i *think* you should get those over there? 🙂 x


3 theselfloveproject July 12, 2009 at 1:13 am

yummy…absolutely awsome…


4 Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork July 13, 2009 at 4:56 pm

The colors in that dish look soooooo beautiful!


5 Andrea (ace1028) July 14, 2009 at 3:50 am

The cucumber recipe sounds SO good. I'm no green thumb, but there's a farmer right near me who certainly is! Love your profile. As a fellow redhead I had to stop by and say hi!


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