How many times have you stabbed your fork into a scrumptious salad, laden with fresh cucumbers from the garden (or your grocer's produce aisle--and I always buy the pickling cucumbers because they taste so much better), popped that bite into your mouth and bitten into the most bitter mess you can imagine? Yeah. Me, too. So to remedy that situation, each time I put cucumbers into anything that I make, I do a Cuke Check. I take one bite out of each cucumber as I am preparing them to make sure they are not bitter. There is nothing worse in a salad. It is worth the extra step and, let's be honest, we are going to eat some while we are preparing our food, anyway. You know you are. Who can resist?