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Posted: August 23, 2007

Vintage veggie

Little lemon cucumbers are making a comeback. The pale yellow cukes - in season now - are juicy and sweet, with succulent white flesh. They have a bigger seed cavity than traditional cucumbers. And no, they don't taste at all like lemons.

Pictured here are lemon cukes from Weavers Way Co-op grown from seeds dating back to 1890.

Lemon cucumbers, 95 cents a pound at the Fair Food Farm Stand at Reading Terminal Market or area farmer's markets.- Dianna Marder

Sweet salsa

Don't be confused by the label "jam." This condiment is less a spread, more salsa with sugar and a jolt of ginger to diffuse the jalapeƱo heat.

Slather it on burgers, sandwiches, roast lamb (retire the mint jelly) or pork tenderloin.

Hot Tomato Jam,

10.25 ounces, $7.50.


- M.M.

Gluten-free, flavor-rich

There's nothing to miss in these fudgy, moist and oh-so-chocolatey brownies from Sweet Christine's in Kennett Square. This clever local cook with celiac disease has proven that gluten-free goodies can be as good as the originals.

(Check out these and other gluten-free items at a vendor fair Sept. 15, 1-5 p.m., at the Nemours Children's Celiac Center, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington; 302-651-5787.)

Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies, six per bag, 14.5 ounces, $9.99. At www.

and select natural foods stores.- Marilynn Marter

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