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09 July 2014

Cucumber "Cakes" and Daintiness

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My husband makes fun of me because I think cucumber sandwiches are nice.  He doesn't understand why anyone thinks they are actually "food".  Well, truth be told, I would rather have a bacon cheeseburger with mushrooms and swiss.  However, that grease-drippin' burger doesn't make a girl feel quite as dainty as a nice little cucumber sandwich.  So there is your answer hon.  Food is about taste, but also about feeling.  Once in awhile, I want to feel dainty.

These are the cucumber "cakes" I made for a little girl's picnic recently.  
Stacked high like a wedding cake, they are more a feast for the eyes than the stomach.

I lightened the traditional sandwich up by substituting half of the cream cheese for Neufchatel. Yeah, say that three times fast.

Simply mix 1/2 cream cheese, 1/2 Neufchatel, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of dill and let it sit in the fridge overnight to blend.  Give it a good stir, then layer white bread, cheese and thinly sliced cucumbers.  I used a mandolin for thin slices and circle cutters in different sizes to create my cakes:

For the largest circles, I used cucumbers sliced lengthways into strips:

Add in some frozen grapes to garnish and get dainty!

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