Find it difficult to evenly cut thin slices of cucumber? Invest in a mandolin slicer. This simple device cuts vegetables into perfectly thin slices every time. Besides cucumbers, a mandolin makes quick work of zucchini and summer squash, as well as potatoes for gratins and homemade French fries.
Plain cooked meatballs are available in the freezer section of the grocery store. If you have trouble finding meatballs without sauce, simply rinse off sauce and pat dry before cutting in half.