I have lived in central Pennsylvania for nearly 16 years, moving here after Jeremy and I were married in 1998. People often ask me if I like it better than I like Maine-my homestate. It don’t like it better or worse, I tell them. Both have things I really like. . Neither is better or worse than the other. They are just different.
There are many things I like about Maine: it’s coast, it’s lakes and mountains, the scent of pine in the air, the crisp feel to the atmosphere, the memories, Fall, the raw honest conversation between people, the coast (did I say that already? Okay, so I do wish the coast was a little closer to us…)
There are many things I like about living in central PA too: the farm fields, the farm stands, the proximity to the rest of the East Coast and half of the eastern part of America and its major cities and attractions, my husband, Lancaster County, whoopie pies.
Homemade whoopie pies fresh bought from an Amish farm stand are like no other.
An Ode to Whoopie Pies
Soft and sweet
easy to eat.
They’re really neat.
I know…..it’s a talent.
Homemade macaroni and cheese, mint sun tea, and cucumber onion salad are foods I never ate before moving to central PA back in the day.
I truly, truly enjoy Cucumber Onion Salad. It’s refreshing and has the perfect blend of crisp, bitter, sweet and creamy. It’s always best to make it with in season cucumbers, but it’s also a great way to use up leftovers in the fridge. This salad can be made ahead of time making it a great cookout food. It can be made in small batches or large and is super versatile in amounts of ingredients needed or wanted depending on personal preference (most of my recipes generally are)
It’s so easy to make. There are many versions of this salad, but here is the cast list for what you’ll need to make my version of Cucumber Onion Salad:
- In a large bowl mix 2 cups Hellman’s Mayo, 1 cup white vinegar (only use white) and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. You’ll want to do this step first. It’s difficult to mix it well once the cucumbers and onions are in it.
- Slice both the cucumbers and onions very thin. You can peel the cucumber if you like, but I don’t normally. Put them in the bowl with the dressing mixture and stir well.
- You can eat it now or cover and put it in the refrigerator for later. Enjoy!