Martha Len Nelson / Food

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Light sandwiches suited for tea

The British are coming! The British are coming! Both the Denton Community Theatre and the Denton Benefit League have chosen British themes to open their fall seasons.

Denton Community Theatre’s production of Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, will begin tonight at the Campus Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and run for two weekends.

When I saw the cast list, I thought, I have to see this! Directed by theater veteran Dennis Welch, the cast includes such local luminaries as Buster Maloney, Johnny Williams, Connie Lane and John Evarts. Remember, this is Shaw’s play, not My Fair Lady, the musical it inspired. For more information or tickets, visit  or call 940-382-1915.

Then Denton Benefit League just announced the theme “A Royal Affair” for this year’s Sensational Settings on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Denton Country Club. For more information, visit .

And what could be more British than cucumber sandwiches? They are so versatile that they were served at Monday morning’s Benefit League meeting and again at Monday afternoon’s Ariel Club annual tea. The recipe can be found in the Denton Woman’s Club Cookbook on Page 332.

Use English cucumbers — the long, thin ones. The sandwiches can be made the day before, kept in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator. In the container — not on a sandwich — place a damp, rolled-up paper towel, with all the excess liquid squeezed out. This will keep the bread moist.


Cucumber Sandwiches

•  1 English cucumber

•  White vinegar

•  Salt and pepper

•  1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

•  1/2 small onion, grated

•  Cayenne pepper

•  1 1/2 loaves Pepperidge Farm Very Thin bread (white or wheat)

•  Mayonnaise

Peel cucumber and slice paper thin. Put in a small bowl and cover with vinegar; place in refrigerator for one hour. Pour off vinegar and dry cucumber slices thoroughly on paper towels. Salt and pepper lightly.

Combine cream cheese with grated onion; season lightly with cayenne to taste, probably about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.

Trim crusts from bread.

To assemble a sandwich, spread cheese mixture on a bread slice, then cover with a layer of cucumbers; top with a second bread slice spread with mayonnaise.

Makes 42 halves for a luncheon or 7 dozen finger sandwiches for a tea.

MARTHA LEN NELSON can be contacted at 940-382-9597 or e-mail .

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