|Julian's Cucumber and Onion Salad|
|Julian's new Cuisinart Food Processor|
|Peeling or Striping the Cucumbers|
1 medium red onion
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons simple syrup (or 1 tablespoon sugar)
pinch of dry dill weed
salt and pepper, to taste
Using a vegetable peeler or sharp knife, remove about half of the skin of the cucumbers leaving a striped pattern as shown. Using a food processor, mandolin or sharp knife, slice the cucumber very thin. Cut the onion in half, and slice the onion similarly.
Place the sliced cucumber in a strainer and toss with 2-3 tablespoons of salt. This will help to draw out the water in the cucumber. Place this in the sink or a bowl to drain for about one hour. Turn periodically and press out excess liquid.
Rinse the cucumbers in fresh water to remove salt. Drain again and place in a salad spinner if you have one, and spin off the liquid. Otherwise just ensure the water is well drained from the cucumbers.
Transfer to a mixing bowl with the onion and toss to combine. Add the vinegar, simple syrup/sugar, dill weed and salt/pepper. Taste and add more seasoning or vinegar if needed. Let sit for 15-30 minutes before serving, or over night.
Food Processor Selection
When my small food processor bowl broke, I decided I would prefer to have one device that could do both large and small batches. However, my 25 year old Cuisinart brand food processor was still going strong. I talked with friends and fellow cooks and found this to be routinely true. Everyone had an older device that just seemed to never quit. So I decided that I would go ahead and purchase the new combination unit, but that it would be Cuisinart.
I chose the Cuisinart (FP-12BC) 12-cup Elite Food Processor in brushed chrome. I've been using it for a couple months now and really do think it has many design improvements over the older models. It's easy to assemble and clean. The nested bowl design that permits you to process smaller or larger batches works ideally. You can even pull out the smaller bowl filled with food, then use the larger bowl immediately. There are no longer multiple slicing blades with variable widths. Rather, they have one adjustable blade which works very well. The shredding blade is similarly designed.
|Julian's New Cuisinart|