4 Pickles Walked Into a Bar

You know one thing that remains under-appreciated at bars? The Pickleback. If you don’t already know, a Pickleback is a drink in which you chase a shot of whiskey with a shot of pickle juice. Usually I have to force people to do them with me. But not only are they fun, they also balance each other out well.

This got me thinking about how pickle juice isn’t utilized in cocktails enough. That’s not to say that it isn’t used at all, but it doesn’t get a wide variety of uses and the pickle juice itself rarely gets the same thought put into it that, say, selecting a liquor would. In a recent chat with Marie Teckmyer from Happy Hour Collection, we decided it would be fun to try to come up with some interesting cocktail recipes using some awesome local pickles. Okay fine, it was more like I dared her. But of course Marie is always up for a collaborative challenge.

We of course wanted to use Randy’s Pickles for this. If you haven’t had them, I recommend you try one or all of them. They’re way better than your typical store-bought jars of boring bland dill. My favorite is definitely the Sideburns ones, so that’s where I started with the drinky drinky recipes. Continue reading 4 Pickles Walked Into a Bar

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter, Pecans and Bleu

I’m bringing you a recipe perfect for fall today, and it isn’t even a dessert or baked good! I know, right? Who even am I?

But never fear, it does have sweet potatoes. Which of course are the desserts of vegetables. This recipe comes together in like half an hour and takes very little effort, so even I can manage to motivate myself to make it on weeknights. And yes, I do eat this as an actual dinner. For those of you who need a protein and 2 sides to consider something a “real dinner,” you’re welcome to just use this as one of those sides.

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