Rachel was born in Szechuan China before moving to the United States many years ago to start a business and a family. Rachel has a gift of creating quick and easy meals that rival the best Chinese restaurants this side of Szechuan. What I admire most about my Rachel’s style of cooking is her creative ability to use whatever ingredients are occupying her refrigerator and turn them into a magnificent meal in minutes. Rachel’s cooking is uncomplicated, incorporates basic ingredients, and results in savory, mouthwatering meals without the preservatives and absolutely no MSG!
Recently, Rachel taught me to make her Chinese Smashed Cucumbers marinated in a delightful little sauce that takes a simple cucumber to a whole new level. This recipe is easy to make and pairs perfectly with fish, beef, lamb, or your favorite poultry recipe. What I find most intriguing about this recipe is the technique of smashing the cucumbers to enhance flavor and soften the meat. This approach creates a uniquely delicious salad or side dish perfect for lunch, dinner, or appetizer.
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