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Beer Battered Panko Fried Pickles With Chili Pepper Dipping Sauce



Beer Battered Panko Fried Pickles With Chili Pepper Dipping Sauce

Today the kids asked for a batch of Fried Pickles for a late afternoon snack…they are easy to make and supper yummy !


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Pickles and How The PC Police Runs Rough Shod Over America

First off let me say that calling a black person a nigger if you don’t know them and know that they would take offense to it is of course wrong.  I’ve greeted one of my closest friends, a black man that was an usher in my wedding and I in his and had traveled around the country  extensively "My Nigger"  as a greeting and we would laugh but you would have to be stupid to say it to someone you don’t know would take offense to it.  When I greet my black friend "My nigger" it is honestly meant as a term of endearment. 

That being said, I think the reason that the PC police is running amok is because so many small businesses have been squashed out of existence and so many more people work for  "the man"  whether it be the huge government, or a large corporation, or a school system, or the military, or a super large company with human resource departments and all.  So when something like a woman creating a huge ruckus over the term midget gets brought up, the only people you hear from are the  politically correct crowd because the people who might know it’s silly don’t want to lift up their heads and speak out because they are afraid that it might cost them their job. 

So these PC police, just like the feminazis and the eco terrorists are really the bullies in my opinion, suppressing people through fear and intimidation. image

Midget in the dictionary –
[mij-it] Show IPA
(not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.
very small or of a class below the usual size.
being a miniature replica or model.
1850–55; midge + -et

Related forms
midg·et·ism, noun

1. See dwarf.

No where in the dictionary do they mention it as a negative connotation.  When we grew up there was never a negative connotation associated with it.  A small person that was under 4 feet tall when they got older was a midget.

But now you have the PC police striking fear into  pickle companies because the PC police goes on a power trip and a classic staple in every household, the midget pickle gets renamed only because it is easier to just change the name that face the PC backlash. 
Because in the board room at Vlasic Pickles you have a bunch of people sitting around and the subject comes up-

Corporate guy leading the meeting at Vlasic-
“We got this lady who is upset because suddenly what we’ve been calling all these years, the Midget Pickle she finds offensive to her midget child.” 
Then they say
”How do you all feel about this?”

And it’s at that very point where all the decision makers in the room’s assholes pucker up in fear. 

Because they know as silly as it sounds to change the name of the classic midget pickle after decades of pumping out gazillions of jars of midget pickles, that not one of them is gonna go on record as to saying that they should just keep on with the classic midget pickle brand name that they’ve always had and never intended to be a slight because they don’t want it on record when the PC police make an even bigger stink about it as being their idea, voiced in that room, to keep the name the same.

So Vlasic issues a statement saying they will change the name, lose the brand that they’ve built up for years, burn all the packaging that they’ve already contracted out and paid for which was printed with the name “midget pickles” because some broad had a hair across her ass and some more of her PC buddies had a hair across their ass and they picked up momentum and what media outlet doesn’t like to report on the absurdities of these PC police and the conflicts that they create, and there you have it.  No more classic midget pickles for Vlasic. 


Censorship.  Welcome to America baby.  Watch your tongue. 

Breakfast with Tomato Marmalade

A while back I mentioned Alexander Thompson’s delicious tomato marmalade (I mentioned it here and here).  It might sound unexpected (I had never heard of tomato marmalade before), but tomatos are fruit, and Alexander’s recipe really works.  They served it at the opening of The Cave with cheese and crackers, which was a great combination, but it’s also good on plain old toast for breakfast!

I put it on whole wheat toast with a glass of orange juice.  Just a part of this nutritious breakfast!

You can buy it on line or, today, at the Thursday Cape Ann Farmers’ Market at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, 3-6PM under the blue tent.

He also makes the most addicting bread & butter pickles… also available on line and at the Farmer’s Market.

The Case For Pickles

So you know when you have that brief moment of weakness and you’re hungry and you know you just gotta eat something but it’s not breakfast, lunch or dinner time?

You face decisions all day every day about what you’re gonna eat.

I’m not trying to preach here, just offer what has been working for me to keep my diet clean.


Loaded with flavor.  When refrigerated have a nice snap to them.  Zero Calories.  So instead of grabbing the bag of chips, or the candy bar- pickles.

Disclaimer: I may turn green eating so many pickles as my cravings tend to perk up every second I sit down.  Now I know how EJ feels about carrots.


I got the industrial sized jar at Costco.  There might be a hundred spears in there.


Grandma Ethel Needs To Put Down the Crack Pipe


Grandma Ethel’s Lobster Rolls Rock

A Recipe from Island Creek Oyster Bar

lobster roll!

It all started out innocently enough.  It seemed reasonable when you quickly scanned over Granny’s ingredient list and hey, I can even let a lobster roll that has celery in it ride without calling them out but there it was, looming.  The devil in the details-


4 1¼-pound lobsters, steamed
1 c. mayonnaise
½ c. pickles, diced small
½ c. celery, diced small
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. celery salt
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. white pepper
6 tbsp. butter
8 hot dog buns

She was doing so well.

  • regular hot dog rolls- check
  • butter- check
  • mayo- check

But then the train veers off the tracks

Celery, lemon both no-nos, but the issue which is unforgivable here is glaring- the addition of goddamn pickles to a lobster roll.


Once again I will refer to a simply acronym which tells it all- KISS

Keep It Simple Stupid

There is no need to get all crazy just to be different.  You can understand how some bananahead out in California could make this kind of mistake.  But someone from the Northeast?

For shame!

At least it’s not as bad as last week’s debacle from the broads in California who tried to pass off a lobster roll using frozen lobster meat, celery, onions, lemon and jalefuckingpenos.

Or Bucky From Ohio who details a lobster roll made on a French baguette.

Granny must think she has Tiger Blood ala Charlie Sheen if she thinks sneaking such ridiculous ingredients like pickles into a lobster roll is gonna go unnoticed.

Not Here- Not Now Granny.  It’s Lobster Roll  Eatin’ Season and We Ain’t Gonna Let You Lead These Poor Unsuspecting Folks Down  A Lobster Roll Road Paved With Pickles Of All Things!

Here’s how to do it Grannycakes

Myron Lepine’s Award Winning Pickles and Relishes

Myron Lepine takes big time pride in his pickling and it shows. Here are some of his award winning pickles and relishes that have won top honors at The Topsfield Fair.