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Dude Sandwiches & Leaning Water Towers

A small town in Texas has something strangely in common with Pisa, Italy. My husband hails from Groom, Texas and I bet you’re formulating all sorts of jokes in your head that would match what we heard on our wedding day.  “The groom is from Groom!” and so on and so forth. Groom is situated on good ol’ Route 66 and one of the most recognizable landmarks is the leaning water tower next to the freeway.  According to Mr. Wikipedia, the tower was originally slated to be demolished but Mr. Britten purchased it as a fixture for his truck stop.  While the truck stop is no longer there, the water tower still stands. Given the really flat landscape of the panhandle of Texas, seeing that water tower on the horizon means we’re almost home and can finally stretch our legs after a 17 hour excursion. While the water tower is definitely a symbol for me, most wouldn’t recognize it unless you’d stopped in Groom or cruised that section of Route 66.  Imagine my surprise when …






Sugar Shack Maple Themed Winter Dinner Party // Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Sugar Shack Dinner Party

I’ve officially added eating at a Canadian sugar shack to my bucket list.  Sadly, most of them are a 15 hour drive from my current location. BUT!  My parents are currently in the process of moving to Connecticut and visits to them would put me within 5 hours.  Completely do-able and completely happening. Sugar shacks are somewhat of an institution in the Quebec.  During the harvest time for maple sap (usually February through April), sugar shacks open their doors and dish out amazing comfort food in a communal setting.  Given the pomp and pagentry of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the dead season that occurs after the holidays and before spring finally appears can be downright dull.  The concept of spending the day in the woods, perhaps on a sleigh ride, learning and watching syrup being made, and sitting down to a hefty meal seems downright divine and the perfect cure for some serious cabin fever.  If you’d like to read more, the New York Times has a great article here. I first learned of these “cabane …






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Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us

I’ve got some exciting news today…my writing has been published in an anthology! How did it happen?  I submitted a post to BlogHer (a blogging and social media network for women) for their latest collection of stories centered around food, traditions, and memories.  I’m super proud to say the e-book, “Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us”  is available today! According to the press release, “Roots is an exploration of food’s rich interconnection with culture, memory and discovery, and includes writings from 36 different personalities and cookbook authors from the culinary blogosphere, selected from hundreds of submissions. The anthology’s deeply personal essays serve up family history, local lore and tantalizing stories of worlds newly discovered through food, accompanied by original photography…” Oftentimes my favorite parts of cookbooks are the authors little anecdotes before a recipe.  I love a good food story or discovering the history behind a dish.  This anthology is chock full of them and I can’t wait to read the other essays. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for …






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I’ll Have Another…

I’ll Have Another… What a great name for a horse and this year’s Derby winner.  Based on the name alone,  I’m calling a Triple Crown winner in our future. Another year and another Derby party.  I’m counting down to the next one. The Beginning There is much about Derby day that holds a lot of memories for me.  I look forward to this day almost as much as Christmas and absolutely more than my own birthday. My parents started the party when we lived in Wisconsin during the early 90’s and carried it over in our move to Minnesota, where it was held for 13 years.  Now that they are overseas, my sister and I have taken the helm. *For those who care to follow, we lived in Wisconsin until ’93, Minnesota ’93-’04, and my parents then moved to Chicago when I graduated highschool.  I moved to Milwaukee for college in ’04 and my parents are now living in London.  Cheerio Mom & Dad!* Luckily, we have home video of that very first party.  My great aunt …






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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 …