Seasonal Sundays (Week 15) Quick Pickles

Happy Spring to all and Happy Easter for those who celebrate! Save this message to "read later" because it'll keep, just like seven quick pickles ("quickles""?!) being highlighted. If you're new to this world of small-batch pickles that don't require canning, just refrigeration, it's a revelation, turning almost any vegetable into a pickle or a relish that'll keep for days and weeks and even longer.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

As ever, thank you for welcoming me into your InBox and RSS feed reader. It's your kitchens, your lives, your needs I conjure while writing ... for me, you are real people, real cooks, real thinkers. I can't "know" you but I do "see" you and do "hear" you.

If yesterday is already a blur, by tomorrow, today may well be too. That's why today's recipes work, they strettttttch across days and even weeks. Less and less, who needs one more chicken recipe? More and more, who wants to pull something from the fridge for a "glow up" of some chicken?

Enter quick pickles, the ones that are preserved with refrigeration, the ones that need no "canning" but last for days, weeks and some times even months.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: ... that's a crabapple tree in our backyard, for some years it was hidden deep inside the jungle of a butterfly bush but once we cut that back (and then pulled out entirely), wow is it pretty! This is the week it should burst into full bloom ...

In Praise Of ...

  • ... a dog who deemed that the $3 little Easter bunny from Target really was more cheesy than cute by removing the ears and tail and yeah he was right
  • ... spring's first grass cut! fresh mulch! the "old pear tree" in the old orchard across the way in full bloom! switching from winter dishes to summer dishes and winter bedding to summer bedding! and ... and ...
  • ... looking back into Easter photos from 14 years ago, my husband's grandkids so little but long-legged as they poured out the front door with Easter baskets to hunt for eggs in the field across the way
  • ... reopening the summer porch for the season, especially since finding this colorful side table from the Opalhouse designed with Jungalow collection at Target, it's sturdy, not at all tippy and nice enough to be used inside as well as out, just love it! (PS and it's on sale!)

Leftover Ham? Use It Up, Delicious!

~ Ham & Beans ~
~ Easy Ham Salad ~
~ Ham & Eggs with Leftover Ham ~
~ Ham Loaf with Sour-Cherry Sauce ~
~ more ham recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade

~Baked Pasta with Ham, Tomatoes & Peas ~
~ 15-Bean Soup ~
~ Oven-Cooked Lentil Soup ~
from A Veggie Venture

Leftover Eggs? Use 'Em ASAP!

~ Simple Egg Salad with a Twist (2 cooked eggs) ~
~ Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing (2 cooked eggs) ~
~ Spinach Soup with Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (5 cooked eggs) ~
from Kitchen Parade

~ Creamed Eggs with Spinach (4 cooked eggs) ~
~ Insalata di Finocchio aka Fennel Salad (4 cooked eggs) ~
~ Mom’s Potato Salad (3 cooked eggs) ~
from A Veggie Venture


Pickled Asparagus, another quick pickle recipe ♥, low carb and practically no calories. No canning!

Spiced Pickled Red Onions ♥, a game changer for tacos, salads, eggs and more.

Refrigerator Pickled Beets ♥, made with canned beets or fresh roasted beets, no canning required, keep for weeks in the fridge. Vegan. Low Sugar. Low Cal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Pickled Bell Peppers (Pied Pipers) ♥ Quick pickles for the fridge or canned for later.

Cucumber & Pepper Refrigerator Pickles ♥, cucumber, sweet peppers and onions in a no-canning-required refrigerator pickle.

Winter Tomato Salad (Quick Pickled Vegetables) ♥, winter tomatoes worth eating! Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Quick. Great for Meal Prep. Naturally Gluten Free.

Sweet Corn Relish, perfect for summer sandwiches and salads ♥ No canning required. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep & Summer Food Gifts. WW Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

A collection of Quick Pickles ♥ No canning required.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Carrot-Jalapeño Quick Pickle Relish, no canning required ♥

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

Looking Ahead ...

  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • May 1 - May Day
  • May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
  • May 6 - Derby Day
  • May 14 - Mother's Day
  • May 29 - Memorial Day

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the oatmeal, salad dressing and sautéed greens on repeat this time of year.

Famous Mustard Sauce (Carolina BBQ Mustard Sauce) ♥, Carolina BBQ mustard sauce from a handful of pantry ingredients, use as an ingredient and a condiment!
  • THIS WEEK has been all about Easter meal prep! First up was this mustard sauce, it's the kind of thing you'd find in a squeeze bottle at a BBQ joint, also in my kitchen, more of a dipping sauce or a drizzling sauce than a spread like mayo or regular mustard. It takes all of 5 minutes to pull together (no cooking, just whisking) and is excellent with ham but also pulled pork. The first night, I drizzled a bit over steak bites and a vegetable hash. Yum.
  • THE RECIPE Famous Mustard Sauce (Carolina BBQ Mustard Sauce) A tiny-bit spicy and a tiny-bit sweet and totally addictive.

Brown Sugar Lemon Curd ♥, my family's signature recipe for lemon curd, made with brown sugar. Two versions, one less sweet and less rich.
  • THIS WEEK We're thrilled that a grandniece (and three Littles!) is moving back to St. Louis, they'll all be in town for Easter house-hunting. She loves my "Nana's Tarts" (lemon curd in mini shortbread tarts, recipe before Mother's Day, I promise), I made them for her engagement party ten years ago and a baby shower eight years ago. And now, Easter! And soon? Weekly swim dates!
  • THE RECIPE Brown Sugar Lemon Curd My Canadian family's signature recipe.

Perfect M&M Cookies ♥, classic Tollhouse cookie recipe with M&Ms, perfected by my friend Kathy.
  • THIS WEEK I loaded up on the M&Ms, knowing that the Littles will be [insert eye-roll] short on sugar at the family Easter egg hunt. (And finally there will be new pictures of these with Easter M&Ms.) Next up, Rice Krispie Bars with sprinkles! And Two-Bite Brownies!
  • THE RECIPE Perfect M&M Cookies First grabbed, first to disappear.

Just Updated!

Sunshine Orange Muffins ♥, barely sweet, sweetened mostly with a whole orange and one of my favorite pantry ingredients for a flavor boost, frozen orange juice concentrate.

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