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side salad and a Thanksgiving table


Today’s recipe was one of the two side dishes that accompanied the Pork Schnitzel at my German-Swiss Dinner Party.

It’s an extremely easy and quick recipe and a great side dish for just about any main course.


The other thing I’m sharing today is a few photos of a quick taping I did yesterday for Channel 12. I received a text message from one of Tram’s colleagues, Nico, at 7:45 in the morning asking if he could come by in a couple of hours to film a “how to set the table” segment. I told him sure, that I could be ready by 10:00.


I knew it wasn’t going to air until November, so I started pulling out the Thanksgiving stuff. Luckily, I’d just hauled the Halloween decor out of the shed over the weekend, so I knew exactly where the Thanksgiving tubs were located.


Next, I went out into the Miscellany Shed and pulled out the wood slabs to use as chargers and a handful of antlers.

Finally, I dug through the various china cabinets to round up the dishes, crystal and flatware.


One unfortunate thing happened though, I broke one of the wine glasses from my wedding crystal. I’d love to blame it on the cats (they were annoyingly underfoot) or on my rushing, but it was just general clumsiness. Even after sweeping twice, I kept finding glass, long after the shoot was over.


I didn’t get my Halloween decorations put out, which was my plan for the day before the text arrived, but I was ready when Nico arrived… and that’s saying something!


German Cucumber Salad

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced on the diagonal


Stir sour cream with dill, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Season with pepper.


Add cucumber and stir until coated. Serve immediately.


Serves 8





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1 Tram Mai { 10.18.16 at 3:09 PM }

I LOVED that pork schnitzel!!!! And the salad was so fresh and light! Thanks for teaching us all how to set the table… now can you set ours for future holidays??

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