5 Places That Are Reinventing The Pickle Plate

These bites transcend the old sour spear
Apr 16, 2015 1:00 pm

Restaurants nationwide have taken a page from the old Jewish-deli playbook by offering plates of puckering pickles as starters. But these aren’t the same sour cucumber spears of yore. Writer Megan Giller uncovers some of the more interesting pickle plates being served across the U.S.

Pickled And Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

Know what makes a great chop brine? Pickle juice.
Oct 23, 2014 4:00 pm
pork chops pickle juice
Photo: William Brinson

If you thought a book about pickled and fermented stuff would be all Greek yogurt and kombucha, you might be right. But if you pick up Cultured Foods For Your Kitchen by culinary specialist and cookbook author Leda Schientaub, you'll be presently surprised by meaty soups, hearty pastas and delicious fried stuff...all enhanced by the cultured ingredients in your pantry and fridge (or the ones you make yourself). Don't toss that pickle juice! Pick up some pork chops and get brining.

Grilled Sweet & Spicy Pickles Recipe

Grill those garden cukes, toss em in a pickling jar
May 29, 2014 12:00 pm

Champion pitmaster Chris Lilly makes us wish we lived in Alabama, where he heads the grill at Decatur's Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Cue. His new book, Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster's Secrets is full of tips you'll need to finish first in this season-long contest. Yup, it's a contest. Win with something innovative, like these grilled sweet and spicy pickles.

How To Make Pickled Beets

Make your own pickled beets in five easy steps
Nov 25, 2013 1:00 pm

For a relatively common recipe, pickled beets have a surprising amount of lore, and there are more ways of making them than one would expect. After a lot of experimentation, I came up with this recipe, which uses an initial boil to tamp down the beet flavor, then hits the veggies with a one-two wallop of brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. The spicy fall flavors make it perfect for this time of year. Check out this foolproof step-by-step guide. 

Let Me Count The Ways I Love Pickles

Southern chef on his first encounter with greatness
Oct 2, 2013 9:00 am

There was this one time when we shared some drinks with Oxford, Mississippi chef/restaurateur John Currence and somehow portions of the conversation ended up in an interview. It was one of the best we’ve ever run. The point? Get this man talking and exciting things happen. To get this man writing? Well, you’ve got yourself a page-turner. Here's an excerpt from his new book, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey, and a bread and butter pickles recipe

Our 15 Sourest, Pickled and Fermentastic Stories

C'mon, pucker up to this tongue-curling food trend
Jun 21, 2013 1:01 pm

We were inspired by a slew of stories dedicated to all things tart, fermented, pickled and otherwise made nice and sour (particularly this one from Slate — we're salivating). As it happens, we also have a ton of coverage on yogurt, pickles, kombucha, kimchi, kraut, vinegar and more, and as a result, we're currently discussing who will be pickling what this weekend.

Why You Should Be Pickling Your Watermelon Rinds

Yet another great reason to buy a whole watermelon
Jun 10, 2013 12:01 pm
pickled watermelon rind recipe

Nobody knows pickles quite like Southerners do, which is why we were so happy to get our hands on Southern Living magazine's new cookbook, Little Jars, Big Flavors. This little book has over a hundred big recipes for pickling all of spring and summer's sweet and savory bounty, plus ideas on how to serve them.

What Is A Cornichon?

About that tiny French pickle we pop like candy
Jun 5, 2013 1:31 pm

If you're at all a fan of pickles, we can only hope you've discovered the cornichon. These miniscule, extra-tart French pickles are: 1. adorable; 2. absolutely delicious; and 3. very useful. All about this one-bite wonder after the jump. 


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