Saturday, June 23, 2012

Recipe (Re)creation: Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

~From top: pickles on day 1, pickles on day 3 ~

I recently discovered Omnivore Books in my neighborhood and came across a book signing + pickle making class featuring food blogger/cookbook writer Marisa McClellan. Not only did I buy her fabulous book, Food in Jars, but I also had the pleasure of making my own homemade refrigerator pickles.  They are incredibly tasty and are deceptively easy to make.  It can be your new party trick.  Homemade pickles? Don't mind if I do...


  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2-3 shakes of dill seed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 english cucumber, quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pinch pickling salt


-Put sliced cucumbers and all dry ingredients in a mason jar.
-Boil the water and vinegar in a pot.
-Pour the water + vinegar brine into the jar with the cucumbers.
-Seal the jar and refrigerate for 3-4 days.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flavors of the Month: June

  • Watermelon Mojito Poptails- I made these a few weekends ago for a BBQ and they were a total hit! The peppermint extract adds a surprising twist.  They are amazingly refreshing and oh-so-subtly boozy.
  • Maker's 46- Just as advertised, it's "a complex whisky with a taste that doesn't need to be acquired."  Great on the rocks and very sippable (even for a novice like myself).
  • Blue Star Beer- This wheat beer is the perfect brew for a warm summer day.  It is light, fruity, and refreshing.  It's similar in body to Blue Moon, but its even tastier.
  • Sweet Potato Pop Chips- This flavor is brand new and is arguably the best!  It's sweet, salty and incredibly delicious.  
  • Weber S-310 Grill- We just bought this grill and love it.  It has two side tables, front-mounted control knobs, and ample grilling space.  It pricey but totally worth it.
  • Pasta Gina- This little pasta shop is my new favorite spot in Noe Valley.  The owners, husband and wife team Gino and Gina, make fresh pasta, sauces, salads and desserts every morning.  Their homemade pasta and their tiramisu are my current obsessions.  Such a great find!
  • Bi-Rite Creamery- This Mission staple is famous for their cones and sundaes made exclusively from Straus Family Creamery products.  Salted caramel is their most sought-after flavor, but all of them are incredible.  You can also order custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, and sundaes for your next party.  You'll be the coolest kid on the block.