I come from a family of four children. When we were little and getting antsy, my mom would sometimes distract us with “party sandwiches.” They could have been made with just about anything— peanut butter and jelly or tuna salad—but she created an air of festivity by cutting off the crusts and then cutting them into triangles. Voila! Party sandwiches!

Sometimes we had an actual tea party, with juice served in teacups. Mom loved sandwiches filled with cucumbers. And radishes, and cream cheese and jelly, and watercress—you get the idea.

We ate them all with her, bolstered by her enthusiasm for these treats, and I confess I’ve acquired a taste for cucumber sandwiches. Rainy, boring days at home suddenly become more cheerful and fun. I’m not sure if it’s from the memory, the sandwich or both.

WHAT IS A CUCUMBER TEA SANDWICH?

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