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What Does Watermelon, Cabbage and Cucumbers Have In Common?

The answer is they are usually very abundant during the month of June in the South.  My husband and are not gardeners but we have been in the past and cucumbers from just a few plants can produce an abundance of cucumbers.  Cabbage is also plentiful this time of the year and watermelon has just started to be harvested and is usually at it’s peak by July 4th.  I started browsing through my recipe books to find recipes that would use the vegetables and fruit that we are so plentiful right now.  We are continuing to have rainy days and hopefully we will have many sunny hot days ahead and that will help all of our gardens to produce abundantly.

The first recipe I am sharing with you is for German Slaw.  Cole slaw can get a bad reputation because of the many different ways it is prepared.  We have been invited to a picnic on July 4th and I volunteered to make the cole slaw.  The reason I did that was because I like the way I make coleslaw and I usually don’t like the coleslaw that has lots of mayonnaise in it because I just don’t like lots of mayonnaise. That is the reason this recipe appealed to me.  It will also keep in your refrigerator for up to 10 days. This recipe is from the cookbook, “Recipes From the Woman’s Club of King and Queen County Virginia. This cookbook is very old and I do not know the year that it was published.

german slaw

The next recipe is for sour cream cucumbers.  I have made this before and just used vinegar, salt, pepper and sour cream to taste and let it marinate in the refrigerator.  Betty Pless, who submitted the recipe, has broken it down into easy to follow portions.  It really does taste good and is easy to make. This recipe is from the Precious Memories cookbook published by Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Conover in 1993

sour cream cucumber

The last recipe I am sharing with you is for a more modern up to date type salad, Watermelon Tomato Salad.  That is not something that was unheard of in the South 20 years ago.  However, last year I prepared a watermelon salad that seems similar to this one and it was well received by my guests and was very tasty.  It is a great way to incorporate fresh watermelon into a special dish for a meal. This recipe is from the Come to the Table Cookbook published by the congregation of Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC in 2010

watermelon salad

These recipes come from three different cookbooks from three different time periods in the South.  However, you can tell that the cooks in that each time period used fresh vegetables in their meal preparation.

2 responses »

  1. All of these sound delicious! Watermelon!!! It is my favorite. I have actually eaten it for lunch as my main course. HA! Do you salt your watermelon? I have found that is a very southern custom to “salt” your watermelon. Oh, and I just wanted to add that I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for the past three years. It just does not seem like it has been three years! Goodness! Thank you for sharing your recipes, your flowers and NC with us!

    • I am glad you are and have enjoyed my blog. You have given me some good advice about it and I do appreciate that. Salting watermelon may be a Southern tradition but not in the foothills of North Carolina. I get a lot of odd looks from people when I reach for the salt shaker when I am eating watermelon.



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