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Blackberry & Elderflower Pimms - Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Blackberry & Elderflower Pimms x18

I had fully prepared myself to explain to the officer why I had 18 bottles of booze in my back seat.  Luckily, I wasn’t pulled over on the way home. Why would I have 18 bottles of Pimms in my car?  First, you need to understand my Mom, sister, and I are a bit obsessed with Pimms.  If you’ve been to England, you know that Pimms is EVERYWHERE.  It’s the classic British drink that is served in every pub, restaurant, sporting event, royal baby watch party, etc.  Their slogan is “It’s Pimms O’Clock!” which is perfect because it’s always time for a Pimms.  It’s typical to order a “jug” of Pimms while out at the pub and my Mom and I became pros at polishing that off! My Mom became addicted and so did my sister and I.  While traditional Pimms No. 1 is our usual standby, they recently came out with a new Blackberry & Elderflower flavor.  Boy, that one is just as yummy.  Made with vodka and a French liqueur with blackberries and elderflowers, …






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 …






That One Time We Snuck Onto Millionaires Row & I Won a Trifecta Bet

Continuing on with our southern road trips adventures… If you’re new here you should know my family and I have a slight obsession with the Kentucky Derby as evidenced here. If you’re not new, you know this well. While on our trip, Churchill Downs held a Downs After Dark event that we couldn’t miss.  Let’s be honest, we’d be stopping at Churchill Downs no matter what but enjoying thoroughbred racing after sunset was something we couldn’t pass up. Night racing only occurs a few times a year and we happened to be in town for one of those dates.  Coincidence?  I think not! For dinner we indulged on brisket mac n’ cheese paninis and Churchill Downs traditional burgoo.  The panini was crazy-good!  Toasty bread with creamy mac n’ cheese and saucy, smoky brisket was a decadent dinner which I gladly split with my sister. The burgoo was good…but if I’m being honest I prefer our yearly batch.  The recipe at the Downs was quite thick and reminded me of a more classic beef vegetable soup.  …






Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mojito Berries and Lime Scented Whipped Cream

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mojito Berries and Lime Scented Whipped Cream

Today’s recipe is all about double duty.  If you are firing up the grill for dinner, keep it going and prepare to get your socks knocked off by one of the lightest, easiest, simplest dessert out there. I’m about to tell you to grill cake. Are you ready? Grill cake. Something magical happens when sugary angel food cake gets lightly toasted and charred on the grill.  All of the sugars caramelize and it gets this sticky, crunchy exterior that is so good. So good. The other thing I’m about to do is tell your strawberries to get drunk. Get drunk, strawberries. My go to drink of the summer is a mojito.  Lime and mint were meant to be together.  Rum is always a good sidekick too. I can’t imagine a happier bunch of berries than those swimming in fresh lime juice, rum, and lots of chopped mint. The beauty of this recipe is you can make the berries and whipped cream while the angel food cake grills so it’s pretty effortless and easy to throw …






Mexican Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco

Mexican Skirt Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco

In the wintertime, nothing beats a thick steak with a bourbon sauce and a big baked potato. In the summertime, I want my steak sliced, rolled up in a charred tortilla, with fresh lime squeezed all over it. Right now I want more summer in my life. I couldn’t resist throwing these tacos together on our first true night of summer. Now, since that day it’s been either raining or in the 50’s.  I hope when you make these tacos, they don’t have that sort of effect on your weather for the next two weeks. But if they do, I can guarantee they were well worth it! PrintMexican Skirt Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco Serves 4 (2 tacos each) IngredientsSpice Rub: 2 tsp. chili powder 2 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1/4 tsp. cayenne 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder Tacos: 1.5 lbs skirt steak 2 c. bell pepper strips, about 2 large or 8 baby peppers 1 …