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Lightly pickled cucumbers tossed with ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs – is there anything better in the summer?  I could eat cucumbers and fresh summer tomatoes by themselves all day, but the marinade and fresh herbs in this salad really puts them over the top. This is always a hit at parties and barbecues. Every time I make it there isn’t a single cucumber left!

I like using English or Hot House cucumbers in this recipe. If you use regular cucumbers I would peel and seed them. This salad is great with any kind of tomato. Cherry, beefsteak, roma – they all work! Whatever you have on hand. I also like adding thinly sliced red onion. This salad is the perfect way to lighten up a classic summer barbecue with burgers, baked beans, and potato salad. I would like to mention I’m eternally grateful most good barbecue food is naturally gluten-free. I’m all about the sides when it comes to barbecues. This one is no exception!

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IMG_8077A good slow-cooker recipe makes me want to jump for joy! I think truly good ones (like this and this) are hard to come by. This recipe is one of the great ones. My whole family loves it! You use thick pork chops, brown them to perfection, then slow-cook them in a flavorful sauce. After cooking, you thicken the sauce and shred the meat slightly. Then you pour the sauce all over the meat so every bite is tender and flavorful. This pork is delicious served over brown rice or quinoa. I’ve been obsessed with this sprouted brown rice lately. (Not affiliated, just my opinion!)

I especially like making slow-cooker recipes on Sundays. Something about the house being filled with delicious smells all day (and during Sunday naps which are a must around here) then sitting down to a nice meal together is just the best. This recipe is so easy to throw together, it’s great for a Sunday or a weekday. Enjoy!

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