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Luby's Creamy Cucumber Dressing

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From: Gary
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 12:46 PM
Subject: Creamy cucumber salad

Back in the 80's and 90's the Luby's restaurant in San Antonio, Texas served 
a cucumber salad that had a lightly sweet creamy dressing. I would like to 
find out how to make the dressing. Thanks!

Hello Gary,

The only "cucumber salad" recipe with any direct attribution to Luby's is a salad of marinated cucumbers, peppers, and onions with a vinegar and oil dressing. It was printed in a newspaper and credited to Luby's, but the dressing is not creamy. See: Luby's Cucumbers With Vinegar and Oil

If you search for "Luby's Creamy Cucumber Salad", the below recipe comes up in Pinterest as a Luby's recipe. It's creamy, but not sweet.

These are all that I can find. I'll post this.


Creamy Cucumber Salad

1 large seedless (European) cucumber
3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbs snipped fresh chives
1 tbs snipped fresh dill weed*
1 tbs champagne or white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper

*1/4 tsp of dried dill may be subbed for the fresh. If you prefer, omit the 
dill and use 2 tbs snipped fresh chives.

Slice cucumbers about 1/8-inch thick. Place them in a colander or fine mesh 
strainer over a bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt. Using your 
hands, mix them well so the salt gets distributed. Let them sit for 1 hour.

Using paper towels, place cucumber slices in single rows across. Place more 
paper towels on top of the slices. Press to absorb water. You need to get 
them as dry as you can so the dressing will stick to the cucumbers. Dry the 
bowl that was under the cucumbers and place dried cucumber slices in it.

In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream, vinegar, dill, chives, pepper and 
remaining salt. Mix well and pour over cucumber slices, mixing well to coat.

This is best served as soon as you make it, but it can be kept for up to 24 
hours in the fridge (although some remaining water may seep out of the 
cucumbers, but it doesn't affect the taste).

Serves 4-6 as a side.

Hi thanks so much for response. I thought the creamy cucumber salad at Luby's was likely a local dish. 
I've had the other too but really enjoyed the one I inquired about. Don't know whether they had used 
something like vanilla yogurt or whipped topping or what. At any rate I can't duplicate it but sure 
wish I could. Thanks again!!

German Sweet Noodles

From: nat 
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 9:47 AM
Subject: Sweet Noodles

Hello Uncle Phaedrus,

Found your website looking up "lumpydick". I was reading a book called "the little white indian boy", 
and he said "it sure was better than lumpydick", and I thought, what the heck is that? His parents were mormon, 
and western pioneers, so that explains a lot.

What I am looking for is a "sweet noodle" recipe that my grandmother made every holiday. She was aprox. 72 
when she died in 1962 and barely 4ft.10in.
Her parents came from germany in the 1800's and settled in the findlay area of northwest ohio on a farm. 
My mother tried several recipes but nothing came close to grandmas. The noodles were hand made with a hand 
full of this and a hand full of that. Although my mom and aunts were with her in the kitchen when she made them, 
no one new how she made them. There always was a lot of "talking", going on when the four of them were in the 
kitchen together. I was 4 or 5 at the time. My mother did say, she did not remember grandma frying them in 
brown sugar, she would have remembered that. The noodles were served in a bowl and nothing was added afterwards 
or topped with anything.

I did check your frequently asked items and did not find this.

Thank you for your time  and effort,


Hello Nat,

Your information about the dish is rather sparse. It would be helpful to know if your grandmother had any name for this other than just “sweet noodles.”

A search for “sweet noodles” almost invariably leads me to “noodle kugel”, a Jewish sweet noodle pudding. See these recipes:

Noodle Kugel

My Family's Noodle Kugel

There is also a “sweet noodle” recipe below that might be close.

Need more information to do better, but I’ll post this on the site.


Easy Sweet Noodles
1/2 lb. med. egg noodles
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. melted butter
Boil the noodles until done and drain well. Combine sugar, walnuts and cinnamon. 
Toss the noodles with melted butter and let each person add and blend in the sugar mixture. 
Makes 4 servings.

Magic Pan Cheese Appetizer

From: Angie 
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 10:58 PM
Subject: Cheese Recipes


This is going to be a challenge finding this one bc I was sooooo young but I will best describe as best as I can…..
I remember my mom ever single Wednesday would take us to The Magic Pan at Sherway Gardens and  my sister's and I 
were obsessed with ordering the cheese and  bread appetizer platter.  The cheese was a light orange silky texture 
(almost tastes like imperial cheese) I absolutely LOVE it.  My sister is a chef and know matter how many times we 
try to duplicate… is not the cheese that we had at the Magic Pan….

Much Thanks

Sorry, I cannot find anything about the Magic Pan cheese and bread appetizer platter. The cheese used may have been different at different MP’s. The only information I have been able to find about MP cheese is here: 6-19-2015


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