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Frosted Cucumber Cookies
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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread
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What are we picking? It’s a green harvest!
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No Canning, No Vinegar, 24 Hour Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles
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Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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Asian Marinated Cucumbers
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Half Sour Pickles

Frosted Cucumber Cookies

Chewy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some healthy nutrients!  It’s the perfect easy cookie recipe to make with kids to show them vegetables can be yummy! The cute cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the sugar frosting on top!  Who knew baking with cucumbers could be so delicious!

Cucumbers aren’t just for making pickles with (although they are sure are yummy).  You can also bake with cucumber, similar to how you’d use zucchini or pumpkin.  All you have to do is remove the seeds and grate the cucumber to get a similar texture.  I’ve been using cucumber in multiple baking recipes this Summer, like this Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread, and we’ve been loving it! 

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

For this recipe I was inspired by Oatmeal Sugar Cookies that I used to love as a kid.  This recipe uses no oatmeal, but it has the same chewy consistency, along with the sugar frosting.    The cucumber is hardly tasted in this recipe, but slightly visible with beautiful green specks decorating the cookie here or there.   After family and friends tell you they love the cookies then you can tell them they are made with cucumbers.  They will be shocked, trust me, I do it all the time! 

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread

If you are looking for a delicious recipe to use your garden cucumbers in – this is it!  The Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread is made with 1 cup grated cucumber, similar to zucchini bread.  A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! 

This weekend there were many surprises in the garden. The monster pumpkin plant just won’t stop growing.  There was a 5 pound bag of potatoes waiting for us under the soil.   Carrots were pulled.   Jalapeno peppers were picked.   Cucumbers were spotted.   These are all vegetables I was hoping for, but maybe in a few weeks…. but in typical garden fashion, they make their own rules and showed up to the party early.  I couldn’t have been more happy to see them!

I saw a few baby cucumbers growing on the vine last weekend but somehow those babies transformed to multiple large cucumbers in just a few days, ready to be picked and enjoyed.    My Half Sour Pickle recipe is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them.  This Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread was created because of that!  This bread is similar to Zucchini Bread, but instead is made with grated cucumbers.  After the bread cools, a delicious powdered sugar glaze is poured on top to make it really special.    This is our new breakfast recipe that I’ll be making weekly until the cucumbers finish in the garden.

If you are looking for a delicious recipe to use your garden cucumbers in - this is it! The Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread is made with 1 cup grated cucumber, similar to zucchini bread. A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked!

Now let’s get baking!

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What are we picking? It’s a green harvest!

With a ton of red picking with our tomatoes, it’s time to show some love to the green veggies.

We’re picking tomatoes like wild people but we’re also picking a ton of other vegetables.  Right now there’s tomatillos, peppers (jalapeno and bell), soy beans, green beans, yellow beans, watermelon, cantaloupes, cucumbers, radishes and carrots growing.  As soon as the soybeans are picked, broccoli will make it’s way to their bins.  Once the carrots and radishes are harvested, a quick seed refresh will be planted to hope we can get them regrown by first frost. In our previous onion 4×4 containers a new batch of sugar snap peas were just planted in hopes they will make it before frost as well, although every year they seem to miss it by a week or two.

What’s growing and what are we picking in the garden that’s green? Let’s dive in.

Beans! Yellow beans, green beans, they’re everywhere!  In the beginning years of the garden we didn’t have much luck with pole and bush beans but starting last year we tried it again and it worked. This year we decided to expand to pole beans and they are growing awesome.  We added new fresh compost fertilizer to the soil and these beans took off.  Matthew is 6 feet so check out how big they’ve gotten.  The right side won with getting to the top first. :D)
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We have multiple gallon sized bags full of green beans in the fridge with us picking more every day.  We’ve been enjoying them for dinner sauteed and in vegetable soup (recipe coming soon) and I’ve been freezing a few bags to save until Winter.
Its a Green Harvest

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No Canning, No Vinegar, 24 Hour Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles

Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe.  No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Pickles….they’re baaaaaaack.
It’s the beginning of August which means it’s pickle time.  The cucumber plants are thriving and we’re picking kirby cucumbers by the basket.  Between this and my Half Sour Pickle recipe, I’m all set with my pickles for the next few months.

This pickle recipe is easy and tastes just like the best Dill Hamburger pickles you can buy in the store.  You don’t need canning experience because these are no boil needed.  You throw them in the refrigerator and they’re ready to crunch in 24 hours.   Also this recipe doesn’t use vinegar because you all know my hatred for vinegar, so for all of you who have gotten to this recipe because you typed into Google “I hate vinegar, please give me pickles”, I got you covered.  I love these pickles, they’re win win all around.

 Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

We’ve been picking a bunch of kirby cucumbers in the garden.  We grow our cucumbers in 27 gallon containers and we’re always surprised by how well they grow.  We try to pick them  before they get too big, but sometimes one giant gets through because we miss him (they’re boys).
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!  

I always love the odd ball shaped pickle too.  Don’t discriminate, they all  make delicious pickles.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!  

First thing, cut up you pickles into slices. You’ll want 4 cups of pickles for this recipe. If you’re doing more or less than 4 cups, then you’ll have to do some math with the recipe.  
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

While cutting the cucumbers, throw a few in your mouth because you deserve it. Aren’t they delicious?
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Throw your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them around.  If you want to make sure they stay crunchy, make sure to pick up some Pickling Crisp.  I get mine from Amazon for $8 and it lasts forever.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Throw your pickles in 1 pint mason jars.  Then throw your dry herbs and seasonings on top.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Now add your sugar/salt water mixture evenly into the 3 mason jars.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Now close the lid and shake these babies up.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

All ready for refrigeration…
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Throw them in the fridge and wait 24 hours.  No peeking, no opening.  I know the urge is hard but do it!
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

And once the 24 hours is up, dive in!
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

They are the perfect taste of dill with a nice crunch.
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Now the hard part.. not eating them all at once!

Enjoy!

No Boil, No Vinegar 24 Hour Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups kirby cucumbers (sliced)
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 1 tablespoon dried dill
  4. 1 tablespoon pepperscorns
  5. 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Ball Pickle Crisp
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 2 tablespoons sea salt
  9. 1 tablespoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Cut cucumbers into slices.
  2. Clean 3 one pint mason jars.
  3. Mix garlic, dried dill, peppercorns, mustard seeds and pickle crisps in small bowl.
  4. Mix sea salt and sugar in water in bowl until salt and sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Place cucumbers into jars.
  6. Evenly distribute the spices into each jar.
  7. Pour the water mixture evenly into each jar, to the very top. Close jars and give them each a shake.
  8. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  9. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. Makes 3 one pint mason jars.
  2. Best eaten within 1 month.
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
Easy Dill Hamburger Pickles recipe. No canning, no vinegar and they only take 24 hours to pickle!

Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.

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Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
You all know I’m a pickles and tomatoes kinda girl with burgers!

Hop on over to Peanut Butter & Co for the recipe.  Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

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Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Quick. If you have a smartphone, I want you to open up your browser and tell me what is the most recent thing you searched for.  For me it’s “Nutrition of Blackberries”.  Followed by “Sneak peek or Sneak peak”.  Followed by “Tote 35”.  Followed by “Citi Bike”.  Followed by  “Donut pans”.  Followed by “C-Town Supermarket Sales”.  Followed by “Luna Bars Amazon”.  Followed by “Tye Dye or Tie Dye”.  Followed by “Bio-Oil”.  Followed by “Online Stop watch”.  Followed by “47 Brand Nets Hat Floral”.  Followed by: “FreshDirect – Ground Meat”.  Followed by: “Sopranos Shush”.  Followed by “What breed of dog is this?”.  Followed by “NYTIMES Ed Snowden”.  Isn’t the mind amazing in how you search for things?  Also isn’t it even more amazing how you jump from one thing to another so quickly? I’m a crazy Googler in bed. That sounds weird.  I’m sorry.  

One of the things I look forward to most is laying in bed at night and searching for everything and anything.   I try to keep a running list of subjects in my mind, recipes, product reviews, news stories, beauty products, inspiration stories, possible illnesses that I will search for causing myself to become scared.  Don’t you love playing Internet Doctor?  And during these searches I will send myself emails as reminders in the morning.  One email I recently received from myself just said “Thursday”.  Another said “Turn light on”.  One said “baby”.   Thursday – what do I have to do Thursday?  Turn Light on – for what? why?  Baby – baby present?  I have no idea.     3AM emails are hard to articulate apparently.

Anyways, on to the recipe…

If I showed you my refrigerator right now you’d gasp at the amount of mason jars full of pickles.  There is alot, it’s kinda frightening at the amount of pickles that are in there.  You would think I’m hoarding pickles for the apocalypse.    Because I can’t fit any more pickles in my refrigerator and I have run out of mason jars I got to thinking what else I could do with our garden cucumbers.    The only real thing I do with cucumbers is make pickles, but they are a vegetable that I compare to broccoli or peas, so why not marinate them just like I do with those?  Asian Marinated Cucumbers is where the party is!

I tried to find a recipe online to help steer the way but it was really hard for me to find any guidance as the majority of all cucumber salad recipes are cold but I wanted something hot that I could serve as a side dish for dinner, or over rice, or even better yet over rice and chicken.  You could totally replace Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli with Chinese Takeout Chicken and Cucumbers and it would be delicious.  

I marinated these cucumbers overnight but if you are rushed for time, a few hours would do the trick.  Marinating them really makes them soak up the sauce.  

Also while taking pictures of this dish, Essy, the fearless feline of mine who is usually lurking behind every picture, was totally into these cucumbers.  She nearly jumped over a stool to get her nose up close and personal.  If cats love this dish, then you know it’s a winner.

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Asian Marinated Cucumbers
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cucumbers - cut up into half circles
  2. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  4. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. 1 teaspoon sugar
  6. sesame seeds to garnish
Instructions
  1. Take your cucumber and cut into slices, then cut in half so you have a bunch of half circles.
  2. Put cucumbers into bowl and pour soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sugar on top. Stir around.
  3. Cover with plastic and place in refrigerator. Marinate anywhere from a few hours to overnight.
  4. Heat pan over medium high heat and pour cucumbers and sauce in. Saute for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy!
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Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they’re so popular!

If  I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”.  I really do.   They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.  Pickles, they’re just really good.

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is! These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles. No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days! Make them to find out why they're so popular!

Half Sour Pickles recipe

With the cucumber plants in full producing mode right now we have been picking  (and pickling!) quite a few kirby cucumbers.  We currently have 6 mason jars full of pickles in the refrigerator!  If you are in Brooklyn and are in need of a pickle, I’m your girl!  I have been trying to get the perfect half sour pickles after years  of swooning at all the NYC pickle places.  Finally, I got it just right!  

Half Sour Pickles recipe

A few notes about these  half sour beauties:

-These don’t have vinegar in them.  You see I have a fear of the smell of vinegar, I just get freaked out.  So I have been desperately trying to figure out how to make delicious pickles with seasonings to make up for the lack of vinegar. THIS IS IT!  In this one instead  of using vinegar  we use sea salt water! 
-I would leave these  in your refrigerator  at least 4  days before you bite  into one.    After that, good luck not finishing  the jar in a day or 2.  If you have  control of your fingers going in the pickle jar though, these last for weeks.
-Kirby cucumbers are the best for pickles.
Half Sour Pickles recipe
-If you don’t have Kirbies, that’s totally ok, but I recommend if you are using big cucumbers to  cut them up  into spears first (they will fit better into the jar most likely too).
-Please don’t skip on the seasonings.  These pickles soak alongside delicious garlic, fresh dill, peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds and bay leaves.
-This recipe uses a half gallon mason jar.   The ingredients and amount of water to salt ratio in this recipe is for this sized jar.  
-If your pickles are soft and not crunchy when done, please check out Ball Pickle Crisp powder.  It works great to keep that fresh crunch!
Half Sour Pickles recipe

Half Sour Pickles
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Ingredients
  1. 5 kirby cucumbers (or however many you can fit into your jar)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  3. 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  4. 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  5. few pieces of fresh dill
  6. 3 bay leaves
  7. 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  8. 1/4 cup sea salt
  9. 6 cups water
  10. additional whole coriander seeds and peppercorns to add on top
Instructions
  1. Wash your cucumbers.
  2. Dissolve your sea salt in the water.
  3. Grind up all the dry ingredients (coriander, mustard seeds, peppercorns, 2 bay leaves). If you don’t have a mortar/pestle, throw it in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  4. Put the cucumbers in your jar.
  5. Put the minced garlic in the jar, then ground up spices, then pour the salt water mixture on top. If you have any water left, disregard it.
  6. Add a few pieces of fresh dill on top.
  7. Add in your additional coriander seeds, peppercorns and bay leaf.
  8. Make sure your cucumbers are completely covered in water and close the jar.
  9. Put in the refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 4 days before eating.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe is for a half gallon jar. Please make sure you are using this size as it's important for the salt to water ratio.
  2. For a crunchy pickle add 1/4 teaspoon Ball Pickle Crisp Granules at the end.
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Half Sour Pickles recipe
Fresh kirby cucumbers just picked from the garden!  

 Half Sour Pickles recipe
One of the yummy herbs in this recipe is coriander seeds.  If you have a cilantro plant and you neglect it, it will turn into coriander seeds. Awesome,  right?   I always  do this every year so I get fresh coriander to last until next harvest season. 


Half Sour Pickles recipe
You can  use a mortar and pestle to crush your dry ingredients  or you can be like me and  just use a tool (I don’t know the name of this so let’s  just go with “tool”) to bash  it all together. A rolling pin works great too.  So does a hammer. 


Half Sour Pickles recipe
Put your cucumbers in the jar, then add your garlic.


Half Sour Pickles recipe
Then your crushed dry ingredients.

Half Sour Pickles recipe
Pick a few  pieces of fresh dill. Doesn’t it smell great?


Half Sour Pickles recipe
Then add your salt water  and fresh dill.


Half Sour Pickles recipe
Keep filling your jar with water until your cucumbers are completely covered.  In  the  jar above, a little bit  of the salt water still needs to be added.

Half Sour Pickles recipe
Now it’s  the hard  part.. waiting for a few days to eat them!

But when it’s time… it will be worth it!

Half Sour Pickles recipe
If you are making batches as you harvest, and you use similar jars sometimes it gets confusing to keep track of the ones that have been sitting the longest.  To do this I use chalk or a Sharpie and write on the lid.  #1 = eat first, #2 = eat next, #3 = eat next next.. etc.

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

Enjoy! 🙂

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is! These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles. No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days! Make them to find out why they're so popular!

 

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