I Have A BFA And I Can't Figure Out IKEA. WTF?

So the other day my rickety dresser flatlined.  Completely gave up the ghost....more

Ungardening and Pickled Green Tomatoes

I've started this post about five times now and my brain doesn't seem to be working. Let me just spit it out. I wrote my first guest post today for my fabulous blogger friend Justine. Yay! Justine is my long lost twin who lives in Boston and has one of the coolest blogs around. Okay, so maybe she's not my long lost twin, but she does have a super amazing blog. I'm privileged to write my very first guest post for her!...more

My Persian Pickle Party and how it's my therapy!

 I have met a wonderful friend Pam. She is a Leukemia survivor and is 5 years leukemia free! We are both American women married to persian men for 30 something years!  Now how often do you run across that statistic! Lol! And we are both retired teachers. So much in common....more

Pickles McFancy

These days, the kids are pickling everything. Every single  blessed thing!  They’re pickling the vegetables, they’re pickling the eggs.  They’re even pickling the livers, I tell you.  Nothing is safe from this pickling craze.  Just about everything is in brine all willy nilly....more

Getting Into A Pickle.

Readers Ask, I Answer: Lactic Acid Fermentation

Yay!  Another reader question!  I love this stuff.Do you have any kitchen questions that are keeping you up at night?  Let me help put your mind at ease.  Email me your questions at unprofessionalcookery(at)gmail(dot)com.  Thanks guys!...more

Janet Evanovich’s "Stephanie Plum’s” PB & Pickles & Chips Sandwich

A peanut-butter sandwich recipe—and layered with bread-and-butter pickles and potato chips—right out of Janet Evanovich’s “Hard Eight” novel, a Stephanie Plum [Bounty Hunter] series. Maybe it’s because I am Menopausal that this sounded so good when I first read it, and not because you’d think I had the “munchies.” I have not been smoking those funny cigarettes. I am a cook, after all, who loves to create, and I am always willing to try something new, even the bizarre....more
@isthisthemiddle The Stephanie Plum series are so very funny. Usually, when I am reading my ...more

On Pickled Peaches

Still reeling from last week's produce co-op, like many this time of the year, I find myself flipping through cookbooks desperately searching for some great way to salvage almost rotten fruit. Aside from just eating it (how much fruit can a person eat during the day, really), there must be some delicious preparation that will store for a little while, change the taste just enough, and hopefully involve vinegar....more

"Pickled" fiddleheads with horseradish


You should totally try them. They are only around in the grocery store in the spring - and ...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Quick Pickled Beets and Eggs

Pickled beets make a pleasing contrast as a chilled side dish for a warm entree. The best part for me, though, is that you can make pickled beet eggs at the same time. ...more

Let me know if your family enjoys them. Happy holidays!

P.S. I'll watch for your beet ...more