Grilled Cheese with Bread and Butter Pickles

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It’s time for Cook the Books. Kathleen Flinn is the featured author and I enjoyed her memoir of food, recipes and love from her adventurous and sometimes eccentric family. I probably chose the strangest recipe to feature this month….Grilled Cheese and Bread & Butter Pickles . . . → Read More: Grilled Cheese with Bread and Butter Pickles

Pickled Mustard Seeds

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You know I love to pickle everything….chard stems, grapes…now mustard seeds. . . . → Read More: Pickled Mustard Seeds

Sweet Sriracha Pickles

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I was inspired by pickled dirt.

Truly.   I pickled some chard stems a while back and my mother assessed that they tasted like “pickled dirt.”

OK, so the pickled chard was an acquired taste but that pickling liquid was da’ bomb!   I made up some of this sweet-hot brine and threw in . . . → Read More: Sweet Sriracha Pickles

Canning Round-Up

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Here’s a round-up of what’s been canned and preserved at EE plus you cannot live without this book…. . . . → Read More: Canning Round-Up

Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

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What happens when you plant excess dill for the pollinators and black swallow caterpillars?

You have a boatload of dill to harvest and you make pickles.

What happens when your beautiful and loaded Roma cherry tomato plant mysteriously gets the roots eaten?   (Thank you so much  little pocket gopher.)

You dry your tears and . . . → Read More: Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

Sriracha Swiss Chard Pickles

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Another Swiss chard recipe today and and I thought this one would be a  keeper.  Who doesn’t love pickles?   Who doesn’t love Sriracha?   Who doesn’t love Swiss chard?

OK, there may be a few out there who don’t care for the beautiful leafy stuff or the spicy Asian condiment, but let me tell you,  . . . → Read More: Sriracha Swiss Chard Pickles

Pickled Cherry Peppers

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I love fall in Oklahoma because you never know what you will get.    You might take a snow day off school before Thanksgiving or you might be able to still wear flip flops to school the day before Thanksgiving break.    Who knows?  (You do realize I could quote Will Rogers at this point, . . . → Read More: Pickled Cherry Peppers

Wasabi Quick Dilled Pickles

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I heart my big, yellow Gourmet cookbook.   (I think that has been well-established.)   There are quite a few recipes that can be adapted to fresh produce from the garden.   If you are picking cukes, you must make this.    Especially if you are picking just a few a day.

The original recipe called . . . → Read More: Wasabi Quick Dilled Pickles

Pickled Carrots

Three's a crowd.

It seems like I can only grow carrots in bulk and in weird shapes. . . . → Read More: Pickled Carrots

Pickled Wild Onions with Local Honey and “Unruly” Rosemary

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I found this recipe at Food & Wine. It spoke to me because it called for wild onions, local honey, and wild rosemary. . . . → Read More: Pickled Wild Onions with Local Honey and “Unruly” Rosemary

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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