Month: April 2012

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B is for Burgoo & D is for Derby

Consider this fair warning that this post has claimed the award for “longest yet” at Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles.  I should also note there isn’t a recipe at the end of this post but fear not; I’ve included the link to the source…if you’re so daring.  You’ll understand what I mean in a bit. Burgoo (+ blood, sweat, tears, & a whole lotta love) This post is one of the reasons why I love having a blog; sharing such a fun, family tradition and the story behind it.  Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on. Ever since I was little in the early 90’s, my parents have been throwing a Kentucky Derby party.  It’s been a wonderful tradition; one that my sister and I have taken over with my parents move to Chicago, then London. The veggie and broth station Side note: The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday in May so expect a followup post in a few weeks highlighting this year’s party. Back to the topic at hand. When my mom decided …






Blue Cheese Bread with Honey & Thyme

Most people I’ve encountered have a love/hate relationship with blue cheese–either they love it or they hate it. I’ve never met anyone that gave the “so-so” hand gesture when asked how they feel about blue cheese.  You either get people emoting how delicious it is melted over a steak or paired with fruit on a cheese platter–or you get those who crinkle up their nose and shake their head at the thought. I used to be a head shaker but then discovered more mild versions (like gorgonzola) and really came to love it.  My first exposure to gorgonzola was crumbled over a grilled steak (for you non-blue cheese lovers that have read this far…thank you.  Click here for a non-blue cheese steak reward). My husband was the same way until he had blue cheese served on a steak too (I’m noticing a trend here).  Now he loves it and can’t get enough; on a burger, in dressing for dipping buffalo wings, stuffed in chicken breasts, and now smeared with butter inside a crusty loaf of …






Grilled Steaks with Bourbon Peppercorn Sauce//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Grilled Steaks with Bourbon Peppercorn Sauce

Vegetarian I am not.  Steak lover I am. The end. Just kidding. You know those expensive, special occasion only steakhouses where everything is a la carte?  There is one in particular in downtown Milwaukee that even has red carpet and brass stanchions. Awhile back I needed a steak.  Bad. I didn’t need the big salad or the enormous side of potatoes.  I just needed a seared piece of beef with a delicious sauce.  I was also in sweats and looking “lovely” after spring cleaning all day.  *insert sarcasm here* There was no way we were going out for dinner…least of all walking the red carpet to get my fix. I took a look in the fridge, intended on grilling steaks one night that week already, and came up with this sauce.  I’m a firm believer in condiments and sauces if it enhances, rather than masks what you are eating.  A good steak, seared and covered simply in salt and black pepper is absolutely delicious on its own–no doubt about it. But…spoon over a rich, peppery and …