Ila Beemer's Creamed Cucumbers

     Yesterday I received one of those forwarded emails; this one happened to be filled with information about cucumbers. According to the message, cucumbers can help one avoid a hangover, be used as a quick shoe polish or as a mirror cleaner. They can even temporarily stave off wrinkles! Who knew? For more insight into the humble cucumber, check out 13 different uses at Bartender blog
     And, don’t forget, they are good to eat, too. Ila Beemer, known in Dickinson County and across the state for both her garden produce and canned fruits and veggies, shared a delicious cucumber recipe with me when I interviewed her for my monthly newspaper column. Her beautiful produce can be found at the Farmer’s Market in Abilene and her canned goods consistently win top honors at the County Fair and at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
     In the header for this recipe that appeared in the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle on July, 22, 2008, I wrote "Ila fills a 1 1/2-quart bowl with sliced cucumbers and pours the dressing over them. 'I keep a bowl of these in the refrigerator all summer long,' she stated."
     Of course you could throw in some chopped chives or dill weed for additional flavor.

Creamed Cucumbers
4 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 cup mayonnaise (fat-free works just fine)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup chopped onion

1.     Slice cucumbers into a bowl. 
2.     Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the cucumbers. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

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