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Jan 292016

Normanally Sweethot Dill Pickles

Norman...ally...Get it?

Norman…ally…Get it? Kenny thought they would be pretty good on Taco Burgers!

I made these pickles this week for our grand daughters significant other whose birthday was Wednesday and whose last name is Norman, hence the name I gave it. I figured we wouldn’t see him for his big day as they live about an hour and a half away and everything depends on his work schedule and ours did not fit for us to go in that direction.

This was actually perfect as I wanted them to marinate in the frig for at least a few days so they could soak up all the flavor of the sugar, hot sauce, red pepper and garlic. Did I mention, he loves, Loves, LOVES hot food and there’s nothing better than something made in the kitchen especially for him. The only problem here is that we love them too and if they don’t get here soon, or visa versa, I might have to make another batch as his birthday gift might disappear to the pickle monster lurking in our frig!!!!

Normanally Sweethot Dill Pickles
  • Per 32 ounce jar of dill pickles:
  • 1 jar 32 ounce whole dill pickles (I used the baby dills)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 or 2 tbs of your favorite hot sauce
  • ½ to ¾ teas dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic peeled
  1. Drain pickles and cut into ½ inch chunks.
  2. Combine the pickles, sugar, hot sauce, pepper flakes and garlic in a bowl; stir.
  3. Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon pickles back into jar, cover tightly, place in frig upside down for at least 24 hours before indulging, if you can wait that long.......

Hope you enjoy! It’s Friday and we’re out of here for the evening to go enjoy a nice warm fire as it is going to be in the 30’s again tonight, love it! Have a great weekend if you don’t get back til next week!! Hopefully I’ll be back to end the week up with something for your sweet tooth tomorrow, but if not, next week for sure………….

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Jun 022015

                                                              Dilly Horseradish Pickle

Goes great with any sandwich or on a relish tray.

Goes great with any sandwich or on a relish tray.

Where do I begin? I know it’s been a while and you’ve been wondering where I’ve been. So before I throw this recipe in I’ll give you a brief update of what turned out to be a wonderful week! It started with having a quiet cookout for Memorial Day, just Husband and I. Computer melt down, not so wonderbar! Then two trips to the doctors for Kenny and all good news on both ends, what a relief that was! Two days of shopping, one for every day items and the other to get what I needed at the last minute for another cookout to celebrate granddaughter’s birthday.

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My daughter was even here and it was the first time in many moons that she got to celebrate a birthday with Sammi. Our other granddaughter Chey, was also here making it the second time in six months that we have all been together, again, in many moons. Our great-granddaughter and great-grandson along with the dads made for a beautiful day. Ulric has now decided that he wants people food and with a highchair tray of potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans, he let us know that Gram and Pappy’s food was much to his liking, so I guess he’ll be back!

Little Bear putting away some food...

Little Bear putting away some viddles…

Only one incident that could have ruined the day turned out to be my fault. Not having a rug rat in the home for what seems like centuries, Gram, on a trip to the kitchen didn’t see the baby crawling halfway under the counter and as I came around the corner, BAM! I ended tripping right over Ulric and ended up on my knee when I fell to the floor. Ulric was fine although I scared the devil out of him when I crashed and burned! I was so thankful to the good Lord that only my knee and my ego were damaged!!!! Of course when I hit the floor, all three entryways into my kitchen had people standing in them to see what had happened, hence my ego really took a hit. Kenny even thought I had had a heart attack for pete’s sake! My knee really didn’t hurt too much, so I kept on entertaining the crew like a real trooper only to really suffer the next day as I could hardly walk……….
Now onto a really simple way to take a store bought jar of pickles and add some extra pizazz to them! I do not care for sweet pickles and this gives them only a hint of sweetness and a bit of a bite to every crunch and they are now on my menu for hamburgers and sandwiches! The original recipe called for apple cider vinegar and decided to sub it for regular vinegar and glad I did as they were a hit for the BBQ…

Dilly Horseradish Pickles
  • 1 jar (16 oz) whole dill pickles, I used Vlasic baby dills
  • 2-1/2 oz prepared horseradish
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ⅓ cup of vinegar
  • 2 to 3 oz water
  1. Drain pickles and rinse.
  2. Halve pickles, put back into the jar and top with the horseradish.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.
  4. Pour mixture over the pickles and let cool slightly.
  5. Tightly cover jar with aluminum foil, replace lid and place in the frig, upside down, for 24 hours before munching.
  6. The longer they are refrigerated, the more flavor they absorb.

Hope you enjoyed our week in review and the pickles too! More recipes to come this week after another doctor’s appointment tomorrow…………..

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