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It’s hard to believe that it was almost a year ago that I met Gaby for the first time.  The introduction occurred at the Big Summer Potluck last July but it was in the car ride there that Lisa first mentioned her name.

“Who are you rooming with?” I asked her.

“Her name is Gaby, pronounced GOB-ee not GAB-ee. She’s a blogger from LA.”

“Do you know anything else about her?”

“Nope.”

“Well, hopefully she’s not a weirdo!”

Ok… I may have made up that last line. If I didn’t say it out loud, I was definitely thinking it.  But as I got acquainted with Gaby, I quickly learned that she wasn’t a wacko.  In fact, she was immediately welcoming and completely open and honest (even going so far as to express her love for colonics.  Sorry Gaby, I had to say it). We spent hours drinking wine together in the hotel room that night. Instant bonding.

I also got to hear about the book she was working on about avocados. Now, I must admit that I rarely purchase cookbooks that focus on a single ingredient. But, hell, who doesn’t like avocados? They’re damn expensive here in the Northeast and this makes me even more jealous of the plentiful supply of beautiful (and cheap!!!) avocados that West Coasters get to enjoy.   Then again we do have $4 lobsters here, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Back to Gaby. Well, what else is there to say except that I adore her.  She’s kind-hearted and incredibly talented and I’m honored to call her my friend.  We spent this last weekend together… she picked me up at LAX when I was there for The Big Traveling Potluck and rushed us off to her favorite restaurant for lunch, followed by a fun-filled car ride to the event. Let’s just say that I almost peed myself because I was laughing so hard.

Anyway, the book is out and I recommend that everyone orders it right away… especially if they want to get it in time for Cinco de Mayo.  With that being said, Gaby and the publishers of Absolutely Avocados have graciously offered to do a giveaway of the book here!  Details on how to enter follow, but if you’re anxious to get your hands on it, head on over to Amazon and buy a copy. Here are the details:

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us how you like to eat avocados (on their own, in a dish)?

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Giveaway will end on May 6th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

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  • April 29, 2013 - 1:36 am

    Maia - I love to eat avacados split in half and stuffed with chili tuna salad. It makes the perfect little lunch and is filled with delicious and healthy fats!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 4:22 am

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - I could add avocados to almost any dish!

    You can opt me out of the giveaway – just wanted to stop by and say hi, and sorry for not introducing myself at the potluck! I was feeling too crappy to talk to anyone. Hopefully we can reconnect at the next one :)ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion - This looks amazing…:)ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - Avocados improve any dish!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 8:32 am

    Greg - Here’s how I enjoy an avocado: Toast an English Muffin. On the bottom muffin place one fried egg and slices of avocado. Lightly salt and pepper. Add the top muffin. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Christina - I love avocados in a salad. I’ll take my avocados any way, really, but when I see a salad with avocados, I’m making it ASAP!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Cassie | Bake Your Day - Beyond fabulous to meet you both this weekend. I want to drink this dressing, too.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray - I love avocados as a pasta sauce! So creamy and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Jeanette - We love avocados – they make everything so much creamier. Love it in salads and as a dressing.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 10:33 am

    M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen - It’s true, they really are good in just about anything, but I gotta go with my ultimate favorite- guacamole- made in the best of ways at our local authentico, Manrique’s.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Kim - I love to eat avocado loaded on a salad with tahini dressing!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Sarah H.P. - I love to eat avocadoes on avocado toast with parmesan cheese!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Tracy Neville - Wow this looks great.. a must try!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Georgie - I like them eating them standing at the counter, because sometimes the craving is just way to overwhelming to wait and prepare them in a dish. I split them in half, pitted them and dig in with a little spoon (this way I get to enjoy more bites.)ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Mr. & Mrs. P - This sound amazing!! Need to try soon!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Kim - I like my avocados sliced in half, seed removed, cherry balsamic and cracked black pepper in the “bowl,” and scooped out with a spoon.

    Also, it was a pleasure “seeing” you this weekend at BTP1. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to actually connect next time. Your photography is beautiful.

    Cheers!

    [K]ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Meagan - I love to eat avocados just plain out of the skin!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Kathy Huynh - I like avocados on a piece of whole grain toast with a drizzle of lemon juice! :)

    Kathy
    dreamersanddrifters.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Megan - I love avocados in guacamole or even just simply on toast with a little salt and pepper.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Deanna - I like em plain – a little salt and pepper…and in salads. Tuna sandwiches. BLTs. Guacamole of course.
    We met this weekend at tbp1 – it was AMAZING – I didn’t know enough to be starstruck til later – it was just a group of great, passionate people. Can’t wait til next year!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Love that dressing! I love avocados in anything, really. But guacamole is probably my fav.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health - I would absolutely love to win this book. I like them plain with salt and pepper or guacReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Gaby - Brian – you are amazing :) Thanks for such a sweet post. And for not thinking that I’m a weirdo…. because sometimes I totally am :)

    xoReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Stacey M - I LOVE avocados! Whether they be plain, in a salad, on a sandwich, in a quesadilla, I don’t care! I just love them! P.S. Can’t wait to try this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Kate Schwab - I make an easy, sort of casual salad when at work: sliced avocado, one sliced tomato, some fat-free cottage cheese and a packet of tuna fish. Healthy AND yummy!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Dorothea - Back in the 70’s my cousin used to eat avocados on their own as an appetizer (half an avocado served with a dollop of mayo in the center) – and he’s a doctor! Although I love avocados, I prefer them in something, usually a sandwich – like a BLT with avocado – yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - This salad is lovely! So great to meet you this weekend Brian you are so wonderful.
    I like eating avocados on a tortilla with Cotija cheese for a super fast and easy snack!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    libby - I love avocados on sandwichesReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Monet - Hi sweet friend. I’ve been drooling over your potluck pictures. I wish I could have been there. And now I’m drooling over your post. How creative! Avocado dressing! I would love to win this cookbook. I like avocados on toasted bread. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Faygie - I love avocado mashed, with a little kosher salt and garlic, on some good bread.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - I love Caesar salads! What an awesome way to incorporate avocados! Genius! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Nicole - I love avocados on tacos!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    Nadine Joy Kurland - I like to eat avocado as a crudités , with salt and pepper, along with a martini.ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Elise Meidal - mashed avocado on toasted rye with a dash of spike seasoning makes my ideal breakfast, lunch or dinner!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Steph @ SeeStephRun.com - such a summery meal- love this idea! I can’t wait to try this with some freshly grilled chicken!ReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    Steph@ SeeStephRun.com - oops.. I was so busy loving the recipe I forgot to officially enter the contest…

    I love avocados on my eggs in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 12:32 am

    Susan M. Biagini - Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Added more avocado to the salad and served it with pan grilled boneless chicken breast seasoned with Adobo seasoning! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 12:52 am

    Charles Hunter III - This looks awesome! My favorite way to enjoy avovcado is on burgers in place of mayo. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 2:07 am

    Lauren Alexander - My favorite way to eat avocado is the classic – guacamole.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 3:25 am

    Amy Orlandi - I love making ‘smashed avo toasties’ which is avocado, feta, lemon smashed together, smothered on toast and topped with good sea salt and dukkah.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 6:11 am

    Sarah McLaughlin - Favorite way to eat avocados is on sprouted grain toast with cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper! So simple and good! Also delicious with sliced tomatoes!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Jeanne @ Cooksister - I recently discovered the joys of avocado dressings when I served one with Cajun blackened salmon – what a joy they are! Love this twist on a classic caesar :)ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Annie - absolute favorite way to eat them is plain, with a spoon! but of course, I love them in guacamole with extra cilantro. will have to try this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Leslie Dundore Kudsk - Wow – this looks like a fabulous twist on the classic Caesar. I love avocados in just about everything, but I have to admit my favorite is to sprinkle a freshly cut half with a little sea salt and dig in with a spoon!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Elizabeth - I’m not a big breakfast eater, but lately I’ve been loving avocado spread on whole grain toast with a bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    jessica w - I love to eat them as guac or on bread with salt.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Jeff - Oh man, I LOVE ceasar salad! Adding avocados is such a good idea! I can imagine the added creaminess! Brilliant! I’m a Canadian and can’t win regardless, but I just wanted to comment on the salad! Great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Joi - I love avocados smashed with lemon and sea salt on sweet potato tortilla chips.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Heather McClelland Blicha - sliced up in a jack cheese quesadilla. yummm.ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2013 - 11:06 pm

    sara - Guacamole is my #1 use! This ceasar dressing sounds awesome!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 3:42 am

    Ashlyn Jones - I love avocados, especially on my pork tacos!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 6:41 am

    Carolyn - Love the idea of Caesar with avocado dressing! Pinning this one.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Sheila - I love avocado smashed onto a turkey and bacon sandwich.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Francesca - avocado, sprinkle of salt, and a squeeze of lime, spooned.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Jamie - I love to eat them on cheesy scrambled eggs!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Morgan - On toast, in the form of guacamole, or creamy avocado pasta sauce!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Catherine - I love avocados anyway but mostly on burgers and sandwiches!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Sherry Clune - I love an avocado strawberry salad. The dressing is a honey lemon syrup. A few sweet mint leaves on top.ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Sarah Houtler - I eat avocados smashed with roasted garlic on toast and a sprinkle of sea salt.ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Janet - Just on their own. Love em! Delish! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2013 - 7:19 am

    Joanne - It really is so nice when other bloggers don’t turn out to be wackos. 😛 I’ve heard so much about this cookbook and it is becoming increasingly apparent that I need a copy of it! That avocado dressing is to-die-for.

    I love avocados chunks to make my salads a bit more craveable!ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Joanne - It really is so nice when other bloggers don’t turn out to be wackos. 😛 I’ve heard so much about this cookbook recently and it is becoming increasingly apparent that I need it in my life! That avocado dressing sounds divine.ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    aida mollenkamp - Great to see you last week, Brian! I love your photos of this GOB-ee’s salad! 😉ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2013 - 4:25 am

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious - I like to just scoop and salt my avocados. Wish I said hi last weekend and feel like a major douche that I didn’t..oh well I’m sure we’ll cross each others path in the future!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Michelle @ Taste As You Go - My love for avocados came rather late, when I was in graduate school. But now that I do love them, I’ll add them to anything. My favorite way is to add them to a BLT sandwich… I don’t like mayo, so the avocado is the perfect way to add some creaminess to the sandwich.ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    Natalie G - My favorite way to eat avocados is in guacamole. I absolutely love the stuff!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    karen - Love them piled up on open-faced sandwiches, especially in the summer with nice ripe tomatoes. This is our lunch pretty much every weekend.ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2013 - 12:12 am

    Amanda Mantone Linehan - Wow, this looks amazing! What doesn’t avocado complement.ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2013 - 3:29 am

    Anna Harrison Griessel - My favorite way to eat avocado is to make three ingredient guacamole. Avocado, lemon, salt.ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2013 - 6:45 am

    Crissy D. - I like to eat avocados on just about anything, halved with a little salt, on a veggie burger, veggie burritos, a salad, in pasta salad grilled with a little EVOO and salt and pepper. I just dont think you can go wrong eating it anywayReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    olivea kelly - My favorite way to eat avocado is smashed up on toasty bread with lemon, salt and pepper MMMMMMMReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    D SCHMIDT - I usually eat them in a salad.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 2:43 am

    Butchie Guzman - either rolled into a flame warmed flour tortilla sprinkled with diced jalapeno, toasted sesame seeds and Maldon salt or cubed in the shell with Maldon salt.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 3:09 am

    Shannon - I love avocados many ways but now that it is grilling season I love having them on my burgers!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Dee - I love guacamole, just love it.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Joan O. - I love avocados in so many things. One of my favorite ways is on a BLT so I guess it’s a BLTA.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Anonymous - I like to eat avocados in guacamole or atop tostadas.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Kate - I love avocados with a little lemon and s&p, with vinaigrette, in salsa with mango and red onion and I could go on and on.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Anonymous - I just made a BIG bowl of guacamole, just for my hubby and me. We live avocados.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Marlies Hager - I love avocado toasts :)ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Brian Head - Avocados on a tuna sandwich just make my dayReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    Susan H. - My favorite way to enjoy avocados is in guacamole. Made some today. Thanks for chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Carolsue - My favorite way to use avocados is in a simple, but yummy, salad. With lettuce, I mix a cup corn, 1 diced tomato and 1 diced avocado. I usually use a simple lime dressing with it.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Amanda Martens Williams - I love avocados any way, especially chopped up on a taco salad!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 12:28 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnnn!… I LOVES me some Avocado, especially when it’s ripe.

    A mi, no me importa si queria llamarla “palta” o “aguacate”… los dos son deliciosos.ReplyCancel

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  • October 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Penny Warner - I recently have lost over 60 pounds. Now eating alot of soups, I most always add avocados. Especially in my mexican chicken soup. I add a slice of avocado before adding the soup into my bowl. The avocado practically melts and is so very creamy & yummy. My sandwiches (with no bread), I fold the meat around a slice of avocado and lettuce.

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Opening the Cape house involves very little work.  We take the furniture outside, we wipe away some cobwebs and air out the rooms, which can get a bit musty during the six months we’re away.  Since the house isn’t insulated very well, we utilize the fireplace as much as possible. Eric and his brother Andy went out to chop some firewood. They were so proud of themselves and had a nice bonding moment.

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  • April 25, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Joanne - Now it is absolutely official that spring is here!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I want to be on the Cape! What a great time of year.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Kristen - I want a Cape house… you make it seem so charming!
    Loving these photos, a lot! You are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Cassie | Bake Your Day - I want a cape house too! stunning, photos, Brian. Can I visit?ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Wow. Look how manly, chopping all that wood!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Mr. & Mrs. P - Lovely photos!!! Have fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Cookbook Queen - Gorgeous photos!! Now I want a cape house!! Totally jelly.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - So butch! That man can really handle some wood!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Monet - Hi sweet friend. Wow. The pictures are breath-taking. Especially the one where the axe is splitting the wood. AMAZING. I love seeing these other parts of your life. They make me admire you even more!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Am I the only one humming “I’m a lumberjack” from Monty Python? ;o) Great pictures – I can almost smell the fabulous, comforting smell of woodsmoke…ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - That is how it’s done! Great woodchopping skills! :)ReplyCancel

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    Carolyn - Love the action shots…you got those perfectly. Enjoy the Cape House this summer.ReplyCancel

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    Savour Fare - Did you read that NYT article about that hugely popular TV program in Norway that was all about chopping and burning wood? This reminds me of that. IN a good way.ReplyCancel

I stepped into the kitchen after spending hours in front of the television.  I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I needed a break.  From the fridge I pulled ingredients for dinner.  I hovered over the stove and stirred, staring into a pot of stew. My thoughts brought me back to where I was when the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center occurred and the years it took before it felt normal to go into the City again.  I wondered if it’d be that way here in Boston; if I’d do all I could to avoid Copley Square so I wouldn’t have to be reminded of what happened.  And would we see a change in people?  Maybe a bit more camaraderie and compassion?  Is it possible for us to take something out of this that will make our lives a little brighter?

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  • April 22, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - You know the way to a pregnant woman’s heart!!! YES!!ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - I hope yes, that we can come together. Just wish it didn’t take something so tragic for us to remember to be kind…sucks.

    On the other side, though, I have been wanting to do pickles for a while now..these look totally do-able!ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough - Homemade pickles?? *Drops everything to make these* But seriously.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Cookbook Queen - Boston was on my heart all last week. SO so tragic, but I am so proud of who we are. When bad things happen, so many of us think, “why do bad things ALWAYS happen?” but if we really LOOK, the bad people are a FRACTION, a SLIVER of humanity. The number of kind, selfless, giving people that exist overwhelms me with gratitude.

    As for these pickles….YES. IF I slice them up, batter them and fry them, can we still be friends? I *do* live in Arkansas, which I think grants me the right to fry any ol’ thing, right?ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - I’ve been thinking of you and all of Boston all week. This has all been intense and horrifying. For this recipe, just love it. Would be great with bagels and coffee this morning:)ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    dixya@food, pleasure, and health - Boston was on my mind all week Brian and Boston stood very strong and always come together. On a different note- i could bite into those pickles right nowReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Megan - How many jars does this make? I don’t see this in your instructions. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Brian @ A Thought For Food - Megan – It depends on the size of the pickles you use and how you cut them as well as the size of jars you use, but I’d estimate between 2-3 medium jars.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Jeanette - I do think when tragic events happen, that it brings out the best in people. When the Newtown shooting happened, there was an outpouring of support from all around, and I hope the same takes place in Boston. Such a scary week for you and all those in the area. On a separate note – I need to try these pickles. One of my kids loves pickles and I’ve never tried making dill pickles.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Liren - Yes, we can only hope that something brighter will come of all of this, Brian. Once that hope is gone, then they would have succeeded. I know I see it in the eyes of my children, and that keeps me going.

    I hope this week is better for you and everyone in Boston.

    And I do need to make some pickles :)ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Awww, hopefully that feeling won’t last too long. I’m sure these events have sent a message to terrorists around the globe: Don’t f*ck with Boston.

    Enjoy the pickles! They sure do look tasty.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Stacey - What a beautiful and poignant post Brian! It was crazy and surreal up there – what a week for me to be up there – but I was absolutely thrilled to finally meet you. Made the world seem just a little nicer….ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Love a good dill pickle! Thanks for the recipe! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 12:14 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I LOVES me some Dill Pickles (especially when they’re nice and dilly)

    ¡Viva el pepino! (y recuerde, despues de que un pepino es un escabeche, ya no es un pepino.)ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:03 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Yes we have to hope that we can, the world needs more love and connection and less fear and hate.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Joanne - I feel like in times like these you can have two attitudes – the desire to rise above everything that happened and say “I won’t let these bastards hold me down” or being fearful…and sometimes both. Bostonians are strong though and I think the city will get back to normalcy as soon as possible!

    Oh pickles….how I love thee. I’d be munching on these nonstop!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Carrie @ poet in the pantry - :( I can’t imagine what you’re going through. But I can understand how the simple act of creating, cooking, focusing on a project can at least help ease the mind temporarily. Best wishes.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Dill meeeeeeeeeee.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Totally trying this recipe this summer!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - I really really need to try this sometime. I love dill pickles so much!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    El - I understand why you upset. It won’t be that way here Brian. It’s over. We move forward as one Boston. Hugs and thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    El - That was supposed to be “you’re” not you!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) - I love dill pickles, but I haven’t been brave enough to try making my own yet. I might opt for refrigerator ones first, then move on to shelf-stable.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Steph @ See Steph Run - It is really hard to put words to it all- isn’t it? I hope the city rallies together. It seems like so far, we are. I hope it continues…

    As for the recipe- this is something I definitely need to try! I am a dill pickle addict and I’ve never tried to make my own!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 6:49 am

    Carolyn - I haven’t been able to write about the events at all, my mind is still very much in turmoil about it.

    I do love making my own pickles, though. Somehow writing about food seems safe and comforting.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 10:59 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - I am a pickle freak but have never ventured in to homemade pickles. These look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Pickles! Who knew you could make them. I thought they were a grocery store secret! ; ) Seriously though, yum!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    CamilleCooks - I’ve saved myself with pickles too! See what I did in August, at: http://camillecooks.com/2012/08/27/quick-dill-pickles/ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 2:23 am

    Beth Hammond Benz - I never waterbath mine and keep them in a cupboard for at least a year. Always crispy. Been doing it for 20 years!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Hippies in the Kitchen (with recipes) and Two Liebsters! | Lazy Hippie Mama - […] dill pickles I used this recipe. They have a strong flavor and they’re just the right amount of […]ReplyCancel