CUCUMBERS IN SOUR CREAM
3 or 4 cucumbers -depending on size
2 cups DILL pickle brine
1 c. sour cream or lite version
1 tsp. fresh dill weed, chopped or 1/4 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. sugar
Optional: thinly sliced onion rings can be added with sour cream
Combine cucumbers and pickle brine for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain; rinse and drain again. Combine sour cream, a 1/4 cup of pickle brine, dill and sugar. Pour over cucumbers, garnish with fresh cracked pepper and serve.
RUSTIC MASHED POTATOES WITH ASIAGO AND ROASTED GARLIC
Boil your potatoes - diced and with skins on - until thoroughly cooked. Drain. With a mixed, mash your potatoes until only slightly lumpy - add butter (melted or at least very soft), and instead of milk - add ½ cream cheese and ½ sour cream, salt, beat until smooth. Add cheese and finely chopped roasted garlic (remember - a little garlic goes a long way). Place in casserole. When you make mashed potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream instead of milk - they reheat and maintain their consistency. So feel free to make the day before. :) (Saves time on holidays)
STEAMED CARROTS IN BUTTER SAUCE
Do I really need to give a recipe for these? Slice fresh carrots. Steam. Serve with butter sauce.