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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 …

Thanksgiving Giveaway (Williams-Sonoma Products!)//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Turkey Seasoning Paste & Focaccia Stuffing

I’m thankful for my family and friends, I’m thankful for another fall season, I’m thankful for my pups, I’m thankful for everyday humor,   I’m thankful for Texas barbecue, …and I’m thankful for all of you! I’m also thankful that Williams-Sonoma appears to have added their turkey seasoning paste to their regular holiday line up.  It’s no secret I’m a fan of this stuff.  I’ve posted about this paste a few times.  Click here to see how we like to smoke our turkey on Thanksgiving (and free up some oven space!). Every family turkey since 2009 has been coated and basted in this stuff.  I, myself would bath in it if I could.  You should see what it does to turkey skin.  This is what I’m talking about. This paste is a blend of grapeseed oil, herbs, orange peel, brown sugar, black pepper, and paprika.  Basically heaven in a jar. Since I’m thankful the paste is back in stores and I’m thankful for all of my readers, I figured it was about time to spread the love …

Thanksgiving Side: Corn Pudding

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. Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving to me unless I’ve got corn pudding on my plate. If someone made me choose between turkey and corn pudding, I’d kiss that bird goodbye. Ever since I was little, corn pudding has always been synonymous with turkey day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so synonymous that even though it’s EVERYONE’S favorite side, nobody makes it except for on Thanksgiving day.  That’s 364 days without this buttery, creamy good stuff. We’re weird but it also means the pan of corn pudding is coveted, treasured, and even hoarded. Our family spends Thanksgiving together at our lodge in Northern Wisconsin and because this pudding becomes our familial currency after the big meal, people (myself included) have been known to discreetly wrap up our own portions and hide them in the fridge. Woe to the person who used clear plastic …

A Very Foodie Christmas

 Well howdy!  Happy 2013!  Remember me? As I’m sure you can all relate, life has been a little more than hectic around here.  We logged about 2500 miles in the car over the holidays and we’re all still recovering.  Just ask Walter. Once we returned home (as if I didn’t have enough to do with unpacking, cleaning, etc), I joined a family genealogy site on a whim and have been completely consumed.  My husband feels abandoned and left to forage for his own food, laundry hasn’t been done in days, and I’m starting to see swirls of names and badly copied records everywhere I look.  It’s been amazingly fun and I’ve uncovered a lot about our family history but I’ve been less than “present” recently. I finally snapped out of it (or took a short break, let’s be real) and am back with some of the best foodie gifts I received this Christmas. People collect all sorts of different things; coins, stamps, or if you’re my uncle, those giant, touristy pencils.  I collect cookbooks.  I …

First Giveaway Winner Announced!

Happy Monday Everyone! My first giveaway has ended and the winner is… Comment #22: Dina! Congrats Dina!  Please send an email to peanutbutterdillpickles {at} gmail.com so I can get your new goodies to you. Thanks to all who participated in the giveaway.  I definitely plan to do more of these giveaways in the future.  It was a lot of fun reading every one’s comments and favorite holiday traditions. See you on Friday for the second edition of Friday things! Winner chosen by Random Number Generator at http://www.random.org/

New Holiday Tradition: Roasting Chesnuts + My First Giveaway

Happy Holidays everyone!!  I’m just giddy with excitement because this really truly is my most favorite time of the year.  The house is all decorated, I’ve got Christmas tree scented candles and/or air spray in every room in the house, I’m halfway done with holiday baking prep, the Christmas movies are all out, and I’m counting down the days until we get to see our families in Texas, Chicago, and here in Wisconsin.  I even have this candle holder on the ledge by my kitchen sink.  Isn’t it cute?  You know what makes it cuter?  It was a whopping $6 at a shop in Door County, WI.  I know.  You don’t need to say it.  $6 holiday decorations are the best. I have so much to chit chat about today so let’s get right down to it.  I promise there will be a special treat for you at the end of all this. First, my parents are moving back from London to Chicago in a few days and I couldn’t be more excited!  They had …

Turkey Candy and Everything to be Thankful For!

Happy Cyber Monday everybody!  How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope filled with as much fun, family, and food as ours was. Speaking of Cyber Monday, I’d much rather prefer Cyber Rewind Day. I could use another two days of vacation, a long weekend, and wonderful food feast just as bad as I could use the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. Yes, that bad. Our spread (and surroundings) were quite something! Usually our Thanksgivings are spent in the northwoods of Wisconsin but this year we gathered at my aunt and uncle’s house and kept it local. It also allowed us to dabble in Black Friday…and boy was that an experience! Back to Thanksgiving. Doesn’t my aunt make you feel like you’re eating in a Pottery Barn catalog? You felt it too?  See, I knew I wasn’t the only one… We had beautiful weather, which was great for frequent trips out to our smoking turkey on the grill.  Read more about that and get the recipe here. This turkey was affectionately named Cheryl by my cousin.  I think it …

Brined and Smoked

Brined and smoked.  Enough said. The only way to do a turkey in my book. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to link back to my all time favorite way to make a Thanksgiving turkey that I posted last year. Cider Brined Smoked Turkey Regardless of how you prepare your bird, I hope everyone has a fun and family filled Thanksgiving! P.S. My apologies for the lack of finesse in the turkey images.  I didn’t know what I was doing back then–with the camera that is…not the bird!

Pumpkin Butter//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Pumpkin Butter

They say that your tastes change when you grow up and become an adult. It’s true. Foods I Detested as a Kid: Kidney Beans (or any beans for that matter) Mustard Bell Peppers Foods I Love as an Adult: Kidney Beans (and all beans for that matter) Mustard Bell Peppers One new food on the cusp of making it to the “foods I love” list is pumpkin. I loved carving them as a kid but I wouldn’t let the seeds, pie, puree, etc. cross my lips. I’m finally getting with it.  I might be autumn’s biggest fan and therefore couldn’t stay in the pumpkin-free darkness any longer. I figured I’d start small and go with something I could minimally (or liberally as it turns out) put on some toast. I’ve seen the light.  I like pumpkin.  A lot.  No squash is safe.  At least this can of pumpkin wasn’t. The recipe is really simple.  You basically add everything that’s great about autumn (minus the falling leaves) and let it simmer on the stove and while …