Cukes, tomatoes, and vinegar
Last night on Top Chef Masters, Art Smith, who I am now hopelessly devoted to, says that "Cucumbers, tomatoes and vinegar are the Southern Holy Trinity." This caused me to take a breath and I realized he was right. In the South, we'll pickle about anything (pickled pigs feet, ahem). So naturally, we love cucumbers. That and the fact that cukes and tomatoes grow like weeds in our summer gardens and vinegar is the miracle ingredient for all things Southern.