Friday, February 7, 2014

Cucumber Jar Salad from Yvonne

I have a great story to tell about the woman that shared this recipe.
Her name is Yvonne and she's German, living in Sweden. My wife and I travel to France a lot and we have made many friends in France over the years. I have been traveling to France for 44 years. We stay with friends in France when we travel there. The last time we were in Paris we decided to take a Van to the airport to fly home. On our way, which was only about a 15-20 minute drive, I noticed that the driver was not taking a direct route to the airport. I know Paris so well that I knew we were not going in the right direction. When I asked, he told me we were stopping to pick up some other passengers. I was unaware that there would be others on the route. When we stopped, a woman and her daughter got in the Van. The mother sat next to me and I immediately began to talk to her. Only to discover that she did not speak very much English, she was originally from Germany and was living in Sweden. Her daughter spoke very little English.  I speak Fluent French and she doesn't .That has never stopped me in the past. I brought out my best German that I had learned when I spent some time in Germany and we conversed in English, German and her broken French and talked all the way to the airport. At this point we spent about 15 minutes in the Van together. We ended up exchanging addresses, and eventually became friends on Face Book and are still in communication with each other. We hope that she and her family will someday visit us in the States.
Life is all about sharing..... sharing cultures, sharing languages, sharing friendships and ..... sharing recipes!
I love to travel and the friendships that we make on our journeys. I wish everyone could do the same.
So, in conclusion, thank you Yvonne for reaching out to share those few words on that 15 minute ride to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. And thank you for continuing our friendship on Face Book and for sharing recipes with our family!
We hope that someday you can come and stay with us in Texas.

Here's The recipe for Cucumber Jar Salad:
From Foodies TV and Recipes We love.

This is the perfect salad for a picnic, a family gathering or a  church supper !
I love the concept of the jar!

4 Cucumbers, sliced thin
1 large Red Onion, sliced thin
1 large Green Bell Pepper, sliced
1 TBS Salt
2 C White Vinegar
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 tsp Celery Flakes
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

In a large bowl:
Bell Pepper
Mix Well, set aside

In a Saucepan:
Celery Flakes
Red Pepper Flakes
Bring to a boil
Remove from heat and add 2 handfuls of ice until melted.
Place everything in a large mouth canning jar (2 quarts or 1/2 gal.)
Pour vinegar mixture over the vegetables and refrigerate.
Will keep up to 2 months
Makes 2- 1 quart jars.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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