Pass the cucumber please

Hints from Heloise

Dear Heloise: My husband asked me to stop putting cucumbers in salads because he claims that they mostly contain water without any nutritional value. Is this true? — Emily S., Little Rock, Arkansas

Emily, your husband is mistaken. Cucumbers contain antioxidants and help hydrate the body. They’re low in calories, but high in vitamin K. They contain an anti-inflammatory agent called fisetin, which helps keep our brains healthy. Eat all the cucumbers you want. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: In one of your previous columns, I read a recipe for a beef marinade that sounded absolutely delicious. I’d love to try it out on the grill this summer. The only thing is, I haven’t seen that recipe in a while, so would you please reprint that for me? This time, I’ll make sure to keep the newspaper clippings. — Michael R., Miami, Florida

Michael, not a problem! Here it is. Remember to marinate in the refrigerator to keep bacteria growth down and to never use a marinade more than once to prevent cross-contamination. Throw out the marinade after each use. Enjoy!

Marinade for beef:

1 cup dry red or white wine

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 cup salad oil

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon tarragon

1 bay leaf, crushed into small pieces

1/2 teaspoon thyme or marjoram

1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and use as you would a commercial marinade.– Heloise


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