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Half Sour Pickles
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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread
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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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Frosted Cucumber Cookies
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What are we picking? It’s a green harvest!
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No Canning 24 Hour Dill Hamburger Pickles
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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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Asian Marinated Cucumbers

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!

Half Sour Pickles

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.  

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is delicious and so moist!   It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it’s made with 1 cup grated cucumber.  The healthy dessert recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables!  A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it – even toddlers!

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 and Cucumber Tomato Salad is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them.  

Baking with Cucumbers!

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.

This is one of my family’s favorite cucumber recipes – perfect for Mom and Dad, but also perfect for toddlers and kids! Even my 1 year old loves a piece of this for breakfast in the morning!

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is amazing and super moist! It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it's made with 1 cup grated cucumber. The healthy recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables! A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it!

Now let’s get baking!

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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad

HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is a Summer favorite! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It’s completely dairy free too! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Harbor. Tracking Pixel

This Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad is the perfect fresh Summer salad.  Or if it’s not summertime, then it’s the perfect close your eyes and pretend it’s Summer salad!  It’s one of my favorite picnic side dishes! It includes a few garden favorites; tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and fresh parsley so it’s ripe with flavor.  It also includes Albacore tuna which has a delicious, mild and clean flavor.  Trust me, you’re going to love it!
Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad

Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

It’s still Winter here in NYC and I feel like we’ve had a colder than average last few months.  I’m sick of wearing my big Winter coat and pushing the stroller through the windy streets.  To comfort my need for wishing for a warmer day, I made this Summer feeling salad that has me dreaming of picking tomatoes in our vegetable garden.
Heirloom Garden Tomatoes

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Cucumber Peppermint Tea

CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink.  You can drink it hot or iced.  The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

Cucumber Peppermint Tea

In August we start to see the Summer harvest really start to shine.  Tomatoes and peppers are picked by the basket,  corn is starting to be made, watermelons grow a few on each vine and the cucumber plants are snaking through the beds.  

When we grew cucumbers on the roof in containers they would spread similar to pumpkin and watermelon plants, and now that we’re growing Upstate they continue to spread and become friends with the kale, cabbage and other nearby greens.
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

With our Summer cucumber harvest I usually rely on my Half Sour Pickles recipe and call it a wrap, but I decided to use some of our cucumbers to enjoy in this refreshing Summer friendly Cucumber Peppermint Tea!  

This tea uses 2 garden favorites, cucumbers and peppermint.  Peppermint is a great herb that grows easily in gardens and in pots for smaller spaces.  If you don’t have a garden space, no worries,  you can grow it on a fire escape or windowsill just as good.  

Peppermint Tea Recipe

Peppermint produces quickly so make sure to keep picking the leaves so the plant keeps growing!  One easy way to use the plant is to drink 1 cup of this Cucumber Peppermint Tea every morning to start your day!  This also makes a great pregnancy tea
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

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Frosted Cucumber Cookies

CHEWY Frosted Cucumber Cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to make healthy cookies! 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 (check out my Cucumber Bread recipe!).  All you have to do is remove the seeds and grate the cucumber to get a similar texture.  

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!

Cucumber Dessert Recipe

I’ve been using cucumber in multiple baking recipes this Summer, like this Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread, and we’ve been loving it! 

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.

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!

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!   Then they’ll ask you for the recipe! 

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!

Enjoy these Frosted Cucumber Cookies! I think you will love these healthy-ish cookies!

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!

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!
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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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! 

Frosted Cucumber Cookies

CHEWY Frosted Cucumber Cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to make healthy cookies! 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!

Course Dessert
Servings 24

Ingredients

For Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated cucumber peeled, seeds removed, drained - see notes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar together with hand mixer. Beat in egg.
  2. Add in grated cucumber and stir with a spoon.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and continue mixing.
  4. Add chopped pecans into the bowl. Mix so equally distributed.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
  7. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 12-13 minutes. Allow to cool.

For Glaze

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
  2. Once cookies are cool, dip each one into the glaze.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To get 1 cup grated cucumbers: peel your cucumbers, remove the seeds and grate with cheese grater. After cucumbers are grated, drain them for 30 minutes to remove excess water.

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

Look at all the green vegetables we picked this week on our NYC rooftop garden!

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 24 Hour Dill Hamburger Pickles

NO CANNING 24 Hour Refrigerator Hamburger Pickles! This easy recipe doesn’t require vinegar and tastes just like the best dill pickles! This is one of my favorite homemade recipes to use for our garden cucumbers! I love how crunchy the pickles are!

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 pickles for the rest of my life. 

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.
NO CANNING 24 Hour Refrigerator Hamburger Pickles! This easy recipe doesn't require vinegar and tastes just like the best dill pickles! This is one of my favorite homemade recipes to use for our garden cucumbers! I love how crunchy the pickles are!

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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that’s made with peanut butter! 

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.

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Wait, a peanut butter burger?

Yes, we’re making a burger with peanut butter! It’s going to make the burger so juicy! Just trust me on this guys!

Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.
Now cut up your toppings – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles – whatever you want.  Personally, I love lots of pickles on my burger!

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Enjoy this peanut butter bacon burger!

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Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles

Instructions

  1. Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

  2. Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

  3. Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.

  4. Cook turkey bacon, toast your burger buns, and prepare toppings. Put burgers together and enjoy!

  

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.  

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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.  

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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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Looking for more great recipes? Try my Asian Chicken and Broccoli!

 

Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers - cut up into half circles
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 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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