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The other day I found myself in a ‘Pickle’ (Actually, with a basket full up with late season cucumbers), and since I can always find my way out of a jam, I sliced, simmered, and shook my way to dilling some cukes.I didn’t even blanche at the the idea. (That was a canned line. Sorry). 12 […]


  • Mari Collier - Enjoy your harvest. Mama used to make dills in a stone crock. Bread & butter pickles were canned. No, I don’t make pickles anymore. They’ve become too salty for my palate.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Growing up our neighbor used to ‘put-up’ pickles in stone crocks and let them rest in her crawl space. She’s pay us kids a nickel a piece to place them deep in the back among the spiders. A nickel! That’s a lot of money- was all I concentrated on.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I don’t remember having much of pickles around the house growing up. We’d have them if Mom needed something for a salad, or as a burger topping.

    My aunt and uncle, on the other hand, always had them around, and had them on the dinner table as a side nearly every day.ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - We had a garden growing up and always had canned pickles on hand, though I’ve yet to try canning myself.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - Yummy, I’m going to make some of this – love it with sandwiches. In India, pickles are really spicy – usually the red hot chilli pepper variety! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Here in New Orleans you can get ANYTHING hot. We can green beans that way and put them in Bloody Marys. Yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - Oh this is something I’ve been meaning to try. Would taste fab with sandwiches. Pickles in India are really hot…..! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • gardengirl92 - I love pickles! and puns…ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love dill and sweet pickles. These look soo delish that I must Pin them and I won’t even charge you a nickle to do it. Have a nice weekend.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh yes- pin away! We tried them last night and they were FABU! I finally got the recipe right! Yippie!!!!ReplyCancel

When entertaining at home, one must always consider the dramatic ending to a fine meal.A Forte, if you will. An appropriate Encore. (I love Opera. Can you tell?).Having grilled steak with roasted asparagus and baked potatoes? Finish with a slice of cake.Enjoying a classic pasta primavera with a green mixed arugula salad tossed in a fresh […]


Many years ago, on a trip to NYC, Ben and I split up for the day- he to a meeting. I to shop (Surprise)After a long day of firing-up the plastic, and laden with pretty bags full of goodies, I ventured my way back to the Mayfair Hotel (pre-1997 location on upper east side) and […]


I love fairy tales.LOVELOVELOVEEspecially folk tales. They’re so…folksy, and wise, and cautionary.Here’s my favorite:Cute, silly, Chicken Little, lives a life of ignorant bliss skittering around the farm yard, visiting with his friends, imagining his importance, having his meals served to him, and a clean warm bed to snuggle into each and every frickin’ night. If his […]


Like all good cooks you should prepare before you begin, as follows:Continue to rely on ‘old favorites’ but don’t be afraid to venture into a new recipe.Shop locally, when you can, and then seek outside of your zip code.Organize your ingredients.Measure twice. Cut once.Separate cold and hot into individual containers, otherwise you may produce lukewarm, […]


  • Katia - Oh Cheryl, you are wise! I’ve actually bookmarked this, because I sense (but can’t really process with my half working brain) that there’s some very valuable and relevant advice in there for me. I will be coming back to this post to contemplate how these cooking tips apply to my life and I can already tell this is very helpful.

    Also, I love that you had a picnic with your daughter and OMG, it looks like a delicious meal!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You may be giving me more credit then is due- but I’LL TAKE IT! Lol!! So great to have met you Katia. You are a real charmer! And BOOKMARK away…..ReplyCancel

  • Sue - The way you write grabs me, takes me on a journey, and then I land somewhere unexpected. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I couldn’t help but laugh at “select an appropriate adult beverage…”ReplyCancel

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