Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Simple for Summer: Spicy Cucumber Salad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Simple for Summer: Spicy Cucumber Salad

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The Summer of the Irresponsible Boyfriend knew many lapses in judgment, starting with the boyfriend, dragging through the unpaid- electric-bill blackout, and ending when I took a hammer to our apartment's sole shelf.

Still, we cooked, nearly every night. Keeping house was novel. Plus, we were broke. We had two standards: scallops with broccoli and tuna with peppers. Both called for lots of time and butter and dirty dishes. Had we never heard of cheese and cracker? Apparently not.

We took a single, disastrous vacation. En route we stopped to see friends, and these friends served us lunch. It was cheese. Prepping this dish called for unwrapping the blocks. Serving meant passing the knife. Downing it was delicious. We were stunned. We had no idea a good meal could be achieved without the shopping and chopping and scrubbing and scowling.

The lesson, unlike the boyfriend, stuck. Now in summer I serve my family cheese and pear. Tomato and basil. Or cucumber dressed with soy. Nothing farfetched and foolhardy - nothing so silly as two kids, playing grown-up. …

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