Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Marinade for the Last Cucumbers
The last cucumbers taste ever-so-luscious, now that they're sparse on the ragged plants, and there isn't yet enough lettuce on my just-transplanted seedlings for even one salad. Here's a basic vinaigrette to which you can add a variety of herbs.
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
3 tablespoons oil (I use canola, but olive would work well if you like the additional flavor)
3 tablespoons mirin (natural or seasoned rice vinegar) or pale dry sherry or, for a stronger flavor, red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon catsup
1 large or several small cucumbers, peeled and sliced or cubed or shredded
Mash garlic with the seasoned salt. Add oil, mirin, and catsup. Whisk or stir to mix thoroughly. Add cucumbers, and toss to coat thoroughly with dressing. Let sit one-half to 2 hours, depending on desired amount of marinating. Drain and discard marinade, and serve.
Fall is for Planting!
For Southern California gardeners, prime planting time is now in the fall, rather than in the spring. From now through the middle of December our soils are still relatively warm -- great for getting plant roots established. The plants will develop sturdy root systems over the winter, ready to burst into lush foliage and heavy flower and fruit set in the spring. Dig in lots of manure and compost first, to feed roots over the winter and through the summer.