It’s been a while since I posted a wacky and bizarre holiday, sooooo, because I have nothing really important to talk about today, here we are again. Who would think there’s a special day to celebrate pickles? I mean, with Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, we should be focusing on turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes and gravy. Yet what would a feast be without those little green morsels that delight the taste buds?
Every fancy dinner has to have a relish tray of sorts. Some include fresh veggies, some have deviled eggs and still others hold olives and other assorted pickled items including pickles. There are bread and butter, dill, kosher, hamburger, sweet and sour and hot and spicy pickles. I’m sure I’m leaving some out, but you get the picture. Pickles come in all types and sizes. Think about it. What’s the first thing that needs refilling on the banquet table – the pickle dish. Kids love nibbling on them before actually sitting down to dinner. Adults also like the lip puckering delights. Some folks can’t stand them, but they’re few and far between.
Pickles can be a nice accent to a recipe as well. I usually add a little pickle juice to potato salad, or dice up a pickle to give the deviled eggs a little more pizazz. They can be used in soup, on top of a hamburger or hot dog and definitely should be part of the refrigerator condiment section.
History tells us that Cleopatra was one of the first to use cucumbers in brine as a beauty aid, although I don’t recommend putting pickles on your eyelids. Pickling was done to preserve foods so they could be transported by ship in barrels.
If you don’t like pickles, it’s also Spicy Guacamole Day. In case you have too much of both, it’s Operating Room Nurse Day, so you may be able to thank one as they remove your gall bladder.
Don’t you just love the plethora of information out there?