Remembering Mom’s Cooking: Easy, Summer Salad

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I remember being younger and Mom and Dad had a garden. It was huge. Dad planted everything. 

My dad, Roy Haythorne.

I remember, at picking time, we always had the best vegetables around. All the folks up and down the street where my parents lived always asked for stuff. Dad didn’t mind because we had more than enough.

I remember picking tomatoes right off the vines and eating them. Mom would say, “Sis, don’t ruin your supper.”

I would say, “Mom, they’re so good and juicy.” 

After we picked for what seemed like hours, we would pack everything up and head home.

My sister and I would get baths as Mom would make supper. I can remember being in the bath, smelling the best smell ever.

Of course, it was Mom cooking.

She would make pork chops, fried potatoes with hot peppers (Dad’s favorite), corn on the cob, and a cucumber, tomato, and onion salad (my favorite). 

Nothing tasted any better than my mother’s cooking.

Mom put a lot of love in whatever she did. 

My mom, Janet Haythorne.

I can still smell her canning all those vegetables in the heat of summer in a small trailer, but Mom never complained. 

That’s where I get my passion for cooking.

Mom always said to me, “Sis, do the best you can, and if you fail, try again. It’s okay to fail.” 

I miss my mom and dad everyday. But she did rub off on me. 

Dad could grow anything; I can’t grow a weed. 

In the coming blogs, I will be sharing a lot of my mother’s recipes.

For this food blog, I wanted to make it easy. When it’s hot outside, here’s what I like.

Summer Salad

Small cucumber (cut bite size)

Tomatoes (cut bite size)

Red onions (cut bite size)

Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Mix together. Add as much dressing as you like.

This easy but tasty salad is real good on a hot day.

Mom always used a mayonnaise dressing; I just did something different.


“For He satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good.” Psalm 107:9

So from my blog to your kitchen, God bless and happy dishes. 

Please share your stories with me!

Stay tuned for more homemade recipes and blessings from my table to yours.


In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 17 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month. 

Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.

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