For the salad, use 1 large English (hot house) or 2 medium "regular" cucumbers. Wash cukes and use a fork to score the skins lengthwise. Cut crosswise into thin slices. Place in a medium bowl, along with 3/4 cup shredded carrots (see your supermarket salad bar). In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, a scant 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes and a generous tablespoon chopped, fresh cilantro. Pour over sliced cucumbers/carrot shreds and toss gently. Cover and let stand about 15 minutes before servings.

Ginger chicken

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 teaspoons dark sesame oil


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3/4 teaspoon chili oil

6 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed, if needed, lightly pounded to make slightly thinner

3/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

5 teaspoons peeled, minced fresh gingerroot

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons dry white wine

Chopped fresh dry roasted peanuts, garnish

Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, garnish

In a large, non-stick skillet, over medium, heat canola oil, sesame oil and chili oil. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a serving platter. Add marmalade, soy sauce, gingerroot, garlic and dry white wine. Cook about 2 minutes, until thick and bubbly. Drizzle over chicken in platter. Sprinkle on the peanuts and add the parsley sprigs. Makes 6 servings.