Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Bit of Pickle Pleasure for your New Year's

Ring in 2012 with good friends and in a pickle's splendiferous new attitude to some old favorites that includes our sweet & spicy pickle peppers!

Add luck to your year with a few lucky peas... raw black-eyed peas make a beautiful accent to any champagne glass... we put a few in the bottom of the glass and then pour a bit of the bubbly in for the first toast of the New Year!  We DON'T recommend adding these to your glass at the end of the night... 

Something you will want to try is our version of Black-eyed Pea Chowder... yummy!  AND to go with that chowder you may want to add some in a pickle pepper Focaccia.  Another fun idea is a twist on your favorite bloody Mary mix... Try ours with sweet & spicy pickle peppers.

Thanks again to all our pickle peeps for an incredible 2011... Here's to 2012 - may yours include happiness, peace and love...
from all of us at in a pickle foods!

Black-eyed Pea Chowder
1/2 lb bacon, diced
2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups in a pickle sweet & spicy pickle peppers, chopped
2 cups onion, chopped
1 (10 1/2 oz) can beef consomme
2 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 (16 oz) cans black-eyed peas

Saute bacon with celery, peppers and onion.  Add consomme, tomatoes and peas; slimmer 30 to 40 minutes.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.

in a pickle Pepper Focaccia
1 pkg. refrigerated pizza crust
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup in a pickle sweet & spicy pickle peppers, patted dry and chopped
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Unroll pizza crust lengthwise on lightly greased jelly roll pan.  Press indentations 1/2 apart into surface of dough.  In small bowl mix salad dressing and garlic; brush over dough.  Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese.  Top with peppers and olives.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and seasoning.  Makes 8 servings.

in a pickle bloody Mary mix
1 TBLS granulated garlic
1 TBLS finely ground black pepper
1 TBLS kosher salt
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup sweet & spicy pickle peppers, chopped
46 ounces V8 juice
2 TBLS siracha sauce or Asian garlic chili sauce

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Use in your favorite bloody Mary recipe or just serve over ice  and garnish with a sweet & spicy pickle!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holidays, HoliDAZE

We are in a pickle holiDAZE as we count down for Christmas ... sales are topping all time highs, pickle peeps continue to shop and we continue to prepare and stock our pantry with seasonal and sweet and spicy delights!

The holiday season brings fond memories for us of family, friends and good foods.  That's why we try and bring you products that will help make a memory or bring back a wonderful recollection of a holiday passed.  Here are a few recipes... not any that are out of the ordinary but we think you'll find, like we have, that when you add an in a pickle product to an ordinary recipe... sometimes you'll find extraordinary!  

We hope you find that special memory in our products... we are so thankful for all of our customers and those we fondly call "pickle peeps"
Merry Christmas from our home to yours... 
Karen and James Felps

Sweet & Spicy Tomato Jam Lamb
12 small rib lamb chops
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt 
1-2 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves (chopped finely)

Preheat grill.  Mix olive oil, 1 tbsp. of mint, and salt to taste in a bowl.  Rub the chops with garlic.  Brush the chops with the oil mixture.
Grill the chops until charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side (the middle of the chop should be slightly firm)  Transfer to a platter and brush with in a pickle Sweet & Spicy Tomato Jam, sprinkle with remaining mint leaves.
Serves 6.

Holiday Brie En Croute
1/2 pkg (17.3 oz. size) Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet)
1 egg
1 tbsp. water
1/2 cup of in a pickle Lemon Marmalade
1/3 cup dried cherries, softened
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
1 Brie cheese round
Water crackers

Thaw pastry sheet.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Mix egg and water and set aside.  On lightly floured surface unfold pastry sheet and roll into 14 " square.  Cut off corners of the square to make a circle.  Spread the in a pickle Lemon Marmalade to within one inch of the pastry edge.  Sprinkle cherries and almonds over the marmalade and top with cheese.  Fold these two sides onto the round.  Press edges to seal.  Place seam-side down on a baking sheet.  Brush with egg mixture and bake 20 minutes or until golden.  Let stand for 1 hour and serve with crackers.  Serves 12.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

3rd Annual Art for a Cause - in a pickle Will Be There!

   It's not often that we allow ourselves to get warm and fuzzy but this Fort Worth event hosted by local brewery Rahr and Sons is definitely on the top of our warm and fuzzy list!

Support Art for a Cause

   It's the third year that the brewery has hosted Art for a Cause, an event that provides holiday shoppers an outlet to buy handmade gifts from local artists and contribute to great charities at the same time!  (Last year the event raised about $3,000 for the three charities sponsored.)  The three charities that will receive 20 percent of sales this year are the Humane Society of North Texas, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, and The Warm Place, a grief support center for children and their families.  Rahr and Sons will host this event on Wednesday, December 14 from 5pm until 9pm.

   We want all of our pickle peeps to come out and make a difference!  
Shop local, 
give local and 
have a beer to boot!  

   in a pickle foods will be there with pickles and jams AND don't forget our special holiday case for $65.  You can buy one today for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers by going online or calling us at 817.584.5835... but you can really make a difference by buying it at this event - Wednesday ... see you there!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Splendiferous Foodie Weekend Ahead

We are gearing up for a Fancy Food Truck Foodie weekend! 

The in a pickle foods Fancy Food Truck will be on the road in Old Downtown Carrollton on Saturday at Christmas on the Square   from 10am until 5pm and on Sunday at the Fort Worth Food Park right behind Target at Montgomery Plaza and West 7th Street from noon until 8:30pm.

We hope to showcase many in a pickle gourmet specialties when on the road ... and YES!  James' will be a cookin' this weekend!  And straight from the Bayou... our menu will include:

Chicken sausage gumbo
red beans and rice
inapickle bread pudding 
inapickle banana pudding  

note:   EARLY BIRDS in Carrollton get Breakfast tacos…(yummy)


Figure out what you are in a pickle for and stop by and say  "Hey"  and check out our new Fancy Foodie Truck!

Ask us about our holiday special!!!  Buy a case of in a pickle products for only $65.00!
Woo hoo!  We love our pickle peeps!!!!