Month: January 2012

Brined Calvados Pork Chops

Apples and pork go together like Mike and hot sauce.  It’s a combination that’s always rustic and reminds me of blustery fall days or cold winter nights.  I’ve made pork and apples in a variety of ways–never did I think brandy would be involved. Bone-in Pork Chops Rewind to our trip to London over the holidays.  We were out celebrating my parent’s belated 30th anniversary on New Years Eve at an amazing restaurant called Getti (more on that another day).  While sitting at our table my mom glanced over at a dark bottle alongside the bar.  She commented how when she and my dad were visiting France, my dad tried calvados for the first time.  Calvados is an apple brandy; specific to the Normandy region of France.  When my dad joined us, my mom pointed the bottle out and my dad RAVED about it for several minutes–so much so that as soon as we got home he pulled out his souvenir bottle of calvados and poured a small glass for everyone.  I highly recommend it …






Prosciutto & Cantaloupe…plus a makeover!

Welcome to the re-designed Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles!  One of my goals for 2012 is to really focus on this blog.  I’ve designed a new header and kept the blog simple to allow the photos of the food to stand out.  Speaking of photos I’ve begun dabbling in food photography.  I’ve been getting some advice from some photographic geniuses in my family and playing around with a camera we already have.  Long range goal is to get my own DSLR but the point and shoot is fun for now while I save up!  I am by no means a food stylist or an experienced photographer yet but its fun playing around and the photos are already light years above 2011 posts! So now that you are here let’s get down to business.  January isn’t exactly cantaloupe season but I saw a beautiful one at the market yesterday and had a craving for a seriously good combination.  Most of you who know me know that I much prefer berries and stone fruits over melon but …