{Book Review} The Tattooist of Auschwitz

{Book Review} The Tattooist of Auschwitz{Book Review}

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

What would you do to survive in a Nazi concentration camp? When Slovakian Jew Lale Sokolov ends up in Auschwitz-Birkenau, he swears that some day, he’ll walk free. Lale is smart, cunning, determined, and seems to have a way with people. 

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Asian Cucumber Salad

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

As #FarmersMarketWeek 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to thank Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting this week. This is one of the events I love each year because it highlights all of summer’s most delicious fresh produce. Thank you ladies!

My last recipe of the week was created because I’ve had cucumbers coming out my ears this summer. It was a good harvest this year, and I’ve been getting 4-8 cucumbers a week. That’s a lot when my house aren’t huge cucumber eaters. I’ve made 3 batches of pickles this summer, ate a whole bunch for snack, snuck them into dinner with Slow Cooker Pork Banh Mi Bowls, gave some to neighbors and friends, and even got my kids to start nibbling on them. But I still have more than we can get through.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Enter this Asian Cucumber Salad. I saw it on Instagram and immediately knew I had to make it. It takes only 5 minutes to put together and then chills in the fridge (for at least an hour) until ready to serve. Let me tell you – this salad is SO GOOD! Not going to lie, I’m not much of a salad eater, but this one – hugely flavorful. A little sweet thanks to a good dose of sugar and rice wine vinegar, and a little spicy, thanks to red pepper flakes. But the prevailing flavors are sesame and peanut. I could have eaten the whole bowl on my own.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

I adjusted the proportions of the original recipe, from The Modern Proper because there was just way too much dressing – not sure if it was because I used less cucumbers or what, but the below recipe will give you correct quantities. Note: You’ll want about 3 cups of sliced cucumbers, so depending on the size of your cucumbers, the quantity may vary. I also clarified the directions quite a bit, ensuring that all critical steps are included in the recipe card you’ll find below.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

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Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian-Inspired
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 82 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Dressing

  • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Ingredients for the Salad

  • 2 cucumbers* (see notes)
  • 1/4 c. coarsely chopped peanuts

Instructions

Make the Dressing:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk slight to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes while you prep the salad, to allow the flavors to meld, whisking as needed.

Make the Salad:

  1. Wash cucumbers. Slice off ends and then peel. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a small spoon. Cut into 1/4-1/2 inch thick crescents.

  2. Place cucumbers in a bowl and toss with dressing. Refrigerate for an hour.

  3. Toss again, and top with crushed peanuts just before serving.

Recipe Notes

* You need 3 cups of cucumbers, sliced according to the directions. This is probably 1 1/2 large cucumbers. If your cucumbers are short and stubby (like mine), that's about 3 cucumbers.

This recipe makes 6-1/2 cup servings.

This recipe was adapted from The Modern Proper.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Thanks again to Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

Friday Farmer’s Market Week Recipes

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes + Summer Cupcake Decorating #SummerDessertWeek

Cupcakes rich in vanilla flavor get a little bit of summer flair with candy mermaids and popsicles. Get the recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting AND learn my secret to these easy and impressive decorations. 

Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Cupcakes rich in vanilla flavor get a little bit of summer flair with candy mermaids and popsicles. Get the recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting AND learn my secret to these easy and impressive decorations. 

Today is my last recipe for #SummerDessertWeek (be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!) and I’ve got a twofer for you. A recipe and some decorating tips. Neither are difficult, but both wowed my friends when I brought it to dinner one night recently.

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Patriotic Recipes for July 4th

July is here and that means it’s time for cookouts, picnics, and celebrating the Fourth of July! It also means that summer is now in full swing. This month our group of bloggers is sharing recipes that are full of patriotic themes of blue and red as well as many grilling and cookout recipes, and a lot of fun desserts and treats. Keep reading to help you plan out your meals for the month of July and your July 4th celebrations. Don’t forget to check back on the last day of each month to see each monthly recipe round-up.

~Breakfast~
~Side Dishes & Drinks~
Celery & Whole Mustard Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Red, White, & Blue Salad from Kate’s Recipe Box
Smoked Fish Dip from The Saucy Southerner
Red Beet Eggs from Crafty Cooking Mama
Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad from Girl Gone Mom
Beet Lemonade from Savory Moments
Meadow Tea from Crafty Cooking Mama
~Main Dishes~

Grilled Chili Cheeseburgers from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Footlong Coneys (Slow Cooker) from Palatable Pastime
Ground Pork Burgers from The Saucy Southerner

Wisconsin Beer Brats from Cheese Curd in Paradise

Grilled Apple Butter Pork Tenderloin from Books n’ Cooks

Lechon Asada Pork Tenderloin from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Salmon Tacos w/ Watermelon Pico de Gallo from Pies and Plots

Turkey Kielbasa and Vegetable Casserole from Girl Gone Mom

Cuban Sandwich Burger from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Girl Gone Mom
Apple Almond Chicken Salad from Books n’ Cooks
~Desserts & Treats~
American Pride Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Red, White, and Blue Ricotta Ice Cream from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Upside Down Apple Pie from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Homemade Snow Cones from Palatable Pastime
Firecracker Bundt Cake from Kate’s Recipe Box
Please visit all of our monthly recipe round-up bloggers!
~Monthly Recipe Round-Up Bloggers~

Fresh Springtime Recipes Roundup

Spring has arrived and it’s time to start looking forward to fresh produce and fresh springtime recipes! This month we have a lot of recipes for breakfast, sides and salads, main dishes, as well as desserts featuring a lot of early spring flavors like asparagus, eggs, peas, garlic, berries, lemon, and more. Keep reading to see all the recipes we have to help you plan out your April menu!

~Breakfast~
Baked Blueberry French Toast from Kate’s Recipe Box
Crunchy Easter Bird Nest Granola Bites from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survived Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
German Egg Pancakes from Savory Moments
 ~Sides & Drinks~

 

Citrus Tarragon Asparagus Salad from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Perfect Deviled Eggs from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad from Girl Gone Mom
Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan from Books n’ Cooks
~Main Dishes~
Beer-Boiled Shrimp & Corn from Craft Cooking Mama
Spinach Asparagus Tart from The Saucy Southerner
French Cream of Carrot Soup from Faith, Hope, Love, Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs from Kate’s Recipe Box
~Desserts~

 

Easter Cake w/ Speckled Buttercream from The Saucy Southerner
Fresh Strawberry Pie from Palatable Pastime
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake from Books n’ Cooks
Mixed Berry Galette from Crafty Cooking Mama
Citrus Berry Shortcake from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
~Monthly Recipe Round-Up Bloggers~