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Moscow Mule Cake // Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Moscow Mule Cake

Kiddie cocktails to Moscow mules. Sippy cups to copper mugs. My transition in beverages has gone from sickly sweet to minty and tart.  Moscow mules are one of my favorite cocktails of all time.  Mint and lime might be the quintessential summer pairing and the spiciness of ginger beer make this cocktail a robust refresher. The cocktail is best served in a copper mug to keep the drink frosty cold.  One time I ordered  Moscow mule at a bar and it came in a standard pint glass.  It wasn’t the same.  Something about the chilled copper puts you in the mule mood and makes the cocktail just taste better. You know what’s just as good as a frosty mug? A sticky, sweet slice of cake. Mint, lime, and ginger also come together to make a pretty spectacular cake.  Reminiscent of a tart lemon cake, this one has flecks of lime zest, is soaked in a mint and ginger syrup, and served with a big dollop of fresh whipped lime cream. Cheers to that! PrintMoscow Mule …






Cucumber Basil Lemonade (2 of 3)

Cucumber Basil Lemonade

I got thirsty this afternoon and I thought you might be thirsty too.  I’m always here to help! I was picking cucumbers out of the garden this morning and then I saw my basil and then I got inspired.  Cucumber basil lemonade, it is! Nothing fancy or difficult here.  Just all you need is a blender and 5 minutes to throw together a simple syrup. Yummy summer in a glass. PrintCucumber Basil Lemonade Ingredients2/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. water 1/4 c. basil leaves, packed 1 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 5-6″ cucumber, chopped with seeds removed 2 c. water (sparkling or still)InstructionsIn a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the sugar and 2/3 c. water to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add the basil leaves. Stir and allow to cool to room temp. When the simple syrup has cooled, strain out the basil leaves. Meanwhile, blend the lemon juice and cucumber in a blender until totally pureed. Strain the mixture to remove any pulp. In a …






Mason Jar Citrus Juices with Herbs // Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

A Facelift with a Side of Mason Jar Mimosas

You’re not crazy.  You’re at www.pbpickles.com.  The site got a facelift! The blog is now more streamlined, less busy, and formatted to highlight images (rather than my previous kooky green polka dots!) Welcome to the NEW Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles site!  Take a tour with me… At the top, notice the Featured and Recipe drop downs.  By clicking any of these, you’ll display only posts within that topic or recipe category. Into social media?  The buttons to follow me are on your right. Interested in exploring?  Click on “Go Exploring” just under the main drop downs and filter content by date/year, categories, or tags. I must say, I’m loving the simplicity of the black and white layout now so the images pop.  A huge thanks to my guy for not only overhauling this site but for the weeks and weeks of “a woman’s perogative to change her mind” that infiltrated our conversations along the way.  You’re the best.  Mean it.  Love you. Today feels very much like a juxtaposition.  Now that I’m done touting the simple beauty of …






Tea Lovers Guide//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles

Holiday Gift Guide for the Tea Lover

My obsession with all things British and ability to make it through college without becoming a coffee addict have resulted in a strong love of tea. When my parents lived in London, I frequently visited the tea shops and my Christmas stocking was overflowing with different boxes my mom acquired throughout the year. If anyone on your list is a tea lover as well, here are my gift ideas!   1. Classic White Isotherm Teapot  The combination of ceramic and stainless steel keeps tea hotter, longer.  The cute, retro design is just the icing on the cake. 2. Vera Bradley Mug with Lid  Adorable patterns with a lid that can keep your tea warm or serve as a coaster. 3. WishingwellArt Maple Cinnamon Flavored Turbinado Sugar Cubes  Clever way to sweeten your tea in cute shapes. 4. Tupelo Honey Packets from Honeypax  Famous Tupelo honey in single serve packets.  Perfect for your bag, desk, or when traveling to sweeten your cup of tea. 5. Lemon, Ginger, & Echinacea Tea from Whittard My favorite flavor from …






Bourbon Gift Guide//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Holiday Gift Guide for the Bourbon Lover

It’s no secret that bourbon has become a big part of my life this year.  I guess that’s what happens when you discover your great-great-great grandfather was a whiskey baron and was schooling Jack Daniels back in the day. Bourbon has made a big impact on the food and cocktail scene this year and if you’ve got a bourbon lover on your list, I’ve got a great compilation of gift ideas for you! I will not judge (in fact I encourage) you to scoop these up if you’re a bourbon fiend yourself! 1. Belle Meade Bourbon   The family bourbon.  It’s the best and a given on this guide. 2. Crate & Barrel Impressions Glasses  Perfect size.  Perfect Price. 3. King Cube Ice Tray  Large cubes melt slowly and don’t dilute the hard stuff.  Silicone makes removing the cubes a breeze. 4. Noble Tonic 01: Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup  Bourbon for breakfast?  Sign me up. 5. Rare Tea Cellar Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sugar  Smoky, sweet, with a touch of bourbon.  I’ve topped cookies and fruit cobblers …






Bourbon Pecan Pie//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Thanksgiving Dessert: Bourbon Pecan Pie

When it comes to Thanksgiving pies, I tend to stick to two camps; apple and pecan. I’ve never met a pecan pie that I didn’t like…and I’m quite certain there’s never been a pecan pie that didn’t like me. This particular one is loaded with the family bourbon.  Consider it the perfect dessert and nightcap in one. I’m no stranger to pouring bourbon in my desserts.  Earlier this year, I spiked ice cream and bread pudding with the good stuff and it came out heavenly; bourbon, boozy, heavenly. In fact, if you really wanted to go over the top, serve this pie with a scoop of bourbon ice cream.  Now there’s an idea! It’s quite possible that this pie will also help ease the stress/anxiety of large family gatherings, drama, and differing opinions that are often associated with the holidays. Drink Eat up! Come back next Monday for an homage to the apple dessert! PrintBourbon Pecan Pie One 9″ Pie Ingredients3 eggs 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 tbsp. sorghum 1/4 c. …






Orange Scented Cranberry Relish with Bourbon--Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Thanksgiving Side: Orange Scented Cranberry Relish with Bourbon

Every Friday leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m posting a new side dish recipe.  If you’d like to see my recipe for what I consider the BEST way to make turkey, click here. Beige, beige, brown, hint of yellow, and white.  No, I’m not describing the house colors in a cookie cutter neighborhood development. A Thanksgiving plate filled with turkey, stuffing, gravy, corn pudding, and mashed potatoes tastes awfully good but isn’t exactly pleasing to the eye. Enter the cranberry relish. Not only does the relish add color,  it also adds a tangy, sweet component to the rich, buttery, and savory flavors taking up the prime real estate on your plate. Plus, this recipe has bourbon.  Enough said. PrintOrange Scented Cranberry Relish with Bourbon Makes about 2 1/2 cups Ingredients1 c. bourbon Zest and juice of one orange 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tbsp. thinly sliced shallots 12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries 1 c. sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1/4 tsp. kosher salt Pinch ground white pepperInstructionsMix the bourbon, zest, citrus juices, and shallots in a large …






The BEST cider brined & smoked turkey! Smoke the turkey on your grill and free up your oven space//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Cider Brined Smoked Turkey

Before we take off for Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving I wanted to post my favorite way to make turkey! I’ve always thought that brining a turkey was the way to go.  It makes it so juicy but it’s important to use a smaller bird (10-12 lbs).  If you need a bigger bird to serve more people really consider making 2 small ones.  This way of preparing the turkey is delicious but know up front that you’ll want your turkey thawed and ready to go 12 hours in advance of cook time as you’ll need 10-12 hours to brine.  Smoking the turkey also frees up oven space and who among us wouldn’t wish for more oven space!  The end result is a juicy, smoky bird that has become a family favorite and a staple at every Thanksgiving! PrintCider Brined Smoked Turkey Adapted from Emeril LagasseIngredients4 cups reduced cider (Boil 8 c. fresh cider until concentrated and reduced by half) 4 cups hard cider 8 cups fresh apple cider 2 cups coarse salt, plus more for seasoning 1/2 cup …