Thursday, August 9, 2018

Recipe Preparation ~ Tomato and Cucumber Salad from Sloane Taylor's Date Night Dinners #AmEating #EasytoPrepare #Yummy @SloaneTaylor2

Book Details:

Publisher: Toque & Dagger

Publication Date: May 29, 2018


Page Count: 136 pages

Genre: Cookbook

For our dinner last night, I made the Tomato & Cucumber Salad recipe and the Chicken & Dumplings recipe. This blog post is all about the Tomato and Cucumber Salad. The Chicken & Dumplings recipe will be featured on Sapphyria's Book Promotions in October.

Tomato & Cucumber Salad is a really easy recipe to make. Only taking four ingredients it's not only time-saving but inexpensive, as well. All you need are:

a. Plum or Roma tomatoes (I used regular garden tomatoes because our local store doesn't carry plum tomatoes and my husband doesn't particularly like Romas).

b. A cucumber 

c. Fresh ground pepper

d. Fresh, snipped chives

Prep is fast and you'll soon have a nice bowl of tomato and cucumber salad waiting to be eaten with dinner. 

I put the completed salad on my counter, away from heat, and prepared the Chicken & Dumpling recipe. Once the meal was ready, the salad was plated and enjoyed!

I was amazed at the wonderful flavoring of this salad. You wouldn't think pepper and chives would do much but they really enhanced the flavor of the tomatoes and cucumbers. Letting is sit gave the salad some zip and my husband thought I drizzled a little bit of white vinegar on the salad. There was a nice, mild zing that turned plain tomatoes and cucumbers into a wonderful side dish.

Here is what the table looked like with both the salad and the main course:

Stay tuned for my review of the prep and flavor of Sloane Taylor's Chicken & Dumplings recipe on Sapphyria's Book Promotions. See schedule below for other great reviews of the recipes in Date Night Dinners.

Follow the tour to read reviews about many different recipes in the cookbook:

About Date Night Dinners:

Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. A true romantic, award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone. Cooking together is only the start of the fun!

Create 45 complete dinners for two or flavor your evenings with a new dish. These 80 recipes use everyday foods already on most kitchen shelves. The recipes are easily increased for those fun times friends or family join your table.

Date Night Dinners, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening, is an ideal gift for engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, or for anyone who wants to spice things up.

Meet the Author:

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy. Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening. Excerpts from her books can be found on her website, blog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. THANK YOU, Sapphyria, for the terrific review. I'm happy you enjoyed the salad. It's one of my favorites because it is so easy to make and the tomatoes and cucumbers give off just enough juice to make their own dressing. Looking forward to your opinion on the chicken and dumplings.:)

    1. You are so very welcome :) I loved it yesterday but after the remainder sat in their own juices overnight in the fridge with the chives and pepper, it is divine today!!

  2. I love romantic dinners, Sloane. This summer has been perfect for dining in our three season sun room. Wine, new recipes, and if we linger long enough a firefly display guaranteed. Cucumbers and tomatoes are plentiful right now, so I'll definitely try the combination and additions.

    1. I used store bought tomatoes and a cucumber fresh from my in-laws' garden. I used fresh chives - I've had a plant for about 5 years and this is the one first times I've actually used it.