Category: Cooking

GeneralHow to Make Fresh Pickle

‘Tis the season of abundant gardens and Farmer’s Markets full of delicious fresh produce! In my household, when the cucmbers hit, it’s time to start a’ pickling. This year I’ve planted a special variety called Parisian Picklers, along with a few lemon cucs. We put away a lot of dills for the rest of the year, but for a special treat, I’ll make a jar of fresh pickles to be nibbled on at will. Unprocessed pickles will last in the fridge for a few weeks, but they are often snatched up before that day ever comes!
 You can easily make your own at home, and relish the flavors as they change and meld over a number of days!
All you need:
Glass canning jar or plastic tupperware (something that seals up well)
Fresh young cucumbers or lemon cucumbers (1/2 lb.)
Rice Vinegar
Directions: Thinly slice your cucumbers.
In your jar, add a few tablespoons vinegar, and a little less water, a half spoonful of salt, and an equal amount of sugar.
Stir until salt and sugar dissolve.
Add your cucs, seal and shake the jar until everything is coated.
Put them in the fridge and taste them the next day. Season to taste.
Continue shaking the jar every couple of days. Voila!

Variations: Do what YOU like!

Try adding fresh herbs, garlic, onion, less salt for a low sodium pickle, lemon juice, or alternative sweeteners.  

Let me know how you do!

NewsMovie Review: Julie & Julia

A movie that cherishes a love of food doesn’t come along all that often. Therefore, it’s a good time to appreciate the delightful flick, Julie & Julia — a movie that will not only have you raving, but your stomach growling.

While this movie is about food — and I mean a lot of delicious food — it is also about self discovery.

Based on two true stories, Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, is a lowly cubicle worker who can only looked forward to depressing call after call in her frustrating job. The thing that makes her happy is cooking and knowing that she can come home night after night, follow a recipe and create something tasty.

Investing in her love of cuisine, Julie is inspired by her husband to write a blog about cooking, but not just any blog: a year-long cooking challenge to make every recipe in Julia Child’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

This is where Julia Child’s story comes in — the Julia Child before she became famous. This Julia, played by Meryl Streep, was a bored housewife in Paris. In a desire to use her talent and excitement for learning, she signed up for a challenging French cooking class. Here, Julia discovered her talent in the kitchen, as did those around her, all while her ever-supporting and ever-adoring husband (played by Stanley Tucci) stood proudly by her side.

Julie and Julia’s stories meet in an interesting way that you’ll just have to see for yourself :)

Ultimately, this story is about finding happiness and joy in simple pleasures. It definitely made me want to slow down, eat a few less take-out meals, invite a few friends over and cook a fantastic meal.

Mmmmm….what’s for dinner?