Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Sour Dill Pickles

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One of my favorite holiday traditions in my extended family is for me to make sour dill pickles as gifts for everyone! For many years I have been making them with the “help” of my best friend’s son who has slowly become more and more helpful as he has grown. Sadly this year the biggest pickle lovers in the family have now moved to other cities and you can’t bring a jar of pickles on the plane. So this year I’m hoping some of you will pick up this tradition and make some pickles as gifts for your friends and family!

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Warmly Spiced Bitters

a mortar with broken up spices and a vanilla bean

I love making cocktails. It’s like discovering a whole other kind of cooking. A friend recently asked me how to make bitters—those bitter and flavorful tinctures we add to cocktails by the drop or dash—so after confidently claiming that it’s “super easy” I thought I should do some experimenting just to make sure. Here’s one of the experimental batches I made. It’s kind of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink of warm spices. It turned out great. And I was right: it was easy.

I also made a batch of chocolate and chile bitters, which you should check out too!

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