Month: October 2013

Chunky Wild Rice Soup with Bacon//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Chunky Wild Rice Soup with Bacon

So soup is kind of a big deal in my family.  All thanks to this lovely lady, my grandmother. She’s basically the queen over all things soup.  It’s well-known and understood in our extended family that her soups will be the best you’ll ever have so don’t even try to seek out something better.  She’s got a big, blue Le Creuset pot that sits on her stove and most of this amazing-ness comes out of it.  I’m all about symbolism and “hope through osmosis” so I asked for a blue enameled cast iron Dutch oven for Christmas several years back and am still trying to get something as good as hers to come out in a ladle. One year for Christmas, she gave my great-uncle (her brother-in-law) a gift of soup for a year.  She showed up once a month to his house with a full pot and you could cut the envy with a knife as the rest of us sat on with gritted teeth or dropped jaws.  I cannot think of a better …






Turkey Schnitzel with Fried Eggs & Red Cabbage//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Perfect Fall Dinner: Turkey Schnitzel with Fried Eggs & Red Cabbage

One of our favorite family restaurants is a small German restaurant on the outskirts of my hometown.  Our family has been going there for years and they quite possibly have the best German food I’ve ever had. One of my favorite dishes is their schnitzel and red cabbage.  Traditionally made with veal, they also make a version with turkey and that happens to be my favorite. To me, it’s the perfect fall meal.  Warm and homey. The best accompaniment to the crunchy schnitzel is braised red cabbage.  It’s tangy and a little sweet.  My favorite recipe is from Rachel Ray. To make the schnitzel even more decadent, you can serve it à la Holstein (with a fried egg on the top). We now live about 35 minutes from this restaurant so when I have a craving and am in a pinch, here’s how I cope. PrintTurkey Schnitzel à la Holstein Serves 2 Ingredients3 tbsp. flour 2 tsp. all purpose seasoning (or salt & pepper) 1 egg 1 tbsp. dijon mustard 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs 4 turkey …






Golden Raisin Pecan Bread (No Knead!)//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Rustic Golden Raisin Pecan Bread

One of the most popular recipes on my blog by far is Easy Peasy Rustic Bread.  It has professional bread bakery results with little to no effort.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, click here.  All you need are some basic bread ingredients (flour, yeast, water, etc.) and a cast iron enameled dutch oven.  People will think you work for Panera when this bread comes out of the oven. I wanted to come up with a new loaf to celebrate fall flavors (without pumpkin!) and golden raisins and pecans sure did the trick. To add some spice, I mixed pumpkin pie spice into the flour.  I love spice blends that include flavors that work so well together.  I’d much rather get out one spice jar than five! To add some crunch, I topped the bread with melted butter and demerara sugar just before it was done baking.  The result…a topping that makes the loaf glisten in sugary sweetness. Easy peasy. PrintRustic Golden Raisin Pecan Bread Ingredients3 c. flour 1 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. …






Fall Sangria with Apple Brandy//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Fall Sangria with Apple Brandy

I’ll find any excuse to drink sangria and colder temperatures won’t hinder me from grabbing a glass. I don’t know about you, but to me one of the best things about sangria are the boozy bits of fruit at the bottom of the glass.   In this recipe, it’s spiced crunchy apples.  To die for. Traditional sangria is usually full of summer flavors but since this sangria is an homage to fall, I’ve filled it with white wine, apple cider, honey, cinnamon, and an apple brandy called Calvados.  It’s basically everything to love about fall in a glass. I like my sangria with some bubbles so I top off each glass with a bit of sparkling apple cider. I first made this for a girls night with my mom and sister and we had no problem drinking down every. last. drop. Dare you not to do the same! Oh, have you entered to win this burlap basket yet?  Click here to enter and see one of my favorite fall appetizers.  Giveaway ends Friday! PrintFall Sangria …






Apple, Honeycomb, & Brie Crostini…and a Giveaway!

The giveaway has ended!  Thanks to all those who entered.  Inger W., you’re the lucky winner!  I will be in touch over email.  Enjoy your Saturday, everyone! Happy Fall Folks! I’ve got an appetizer that was a cinch to throw together and will definitely be making the rounds with all of the parties and gatherings coming up this season. If you can assemble a few ingredients and throw them under the broiler until melty and gooey, you can knock this one out of the park.  Just take a baguette, slice it up, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Top the baguette with a slice of green apple, and a chunk of brie cheese. Put under the broiler for 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the edges of the crostini are toasted.  Once you pull the tray out of the oven, place a chunk of honeycomb onto each slice and sprinkle with chopped pecans, salt, and pepper.  Here’s a printable! PrintApple, Honeycomb, & Brie Crostini Makes about 20 appetizers, depending on how many …






Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles - Cheese Tour

Cheese Made with a Brick & Famous Small Town Ice Cream

Next up on our dairy tour… Our second stop was to Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa, Wisconsin. Before I get into the good stuff (that would be the cheese), I want to share a quick story that the owner, Joe Widmer, shared with our group before we toured their cellars. Joe is a 3rd generation cheesemaker and Widmer’s was started by his great grandfather, John Widmer, over 80 years ago.  John came to America from Switzerland and settled in Wisconsin, where many other immigrants who were dairy farmers set down roots.  What do you do when your neighbors excel in raising cows?  Make cheese.    After John got settled and his cheese business off the ground, he received a letter from his sweetheart back in Switzerland.  She offered him an ultimatum; send for her now and marry her when she arrived or she was going to move on and marry someone else.  John set the money right away and traveled to meet her at Ellis Island.  As the boat pulled up to the docks, John …