Sunday, March 11, 2007

Pickled Carrot Sticks (Page 909)

  • Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 -- 7pm
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Dining Companion: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: B

I made these pickled carrot sticks about a month ago because the section of preserved things in The Book is always one that I am behind on. I was a little scared to try them so I didn't get around to it until this week (luckily pickled things last a long time!). Full disclosure: I am not a fan of most things pickled. I will eat pickled things for sure, but I usually won't pick the pickled option when I have a choice. So was I enthusiastic about these carrots? Not so much. But that's mainly personal preference. They did have a lovely (and pungent!) dill flavor, and the carrots retained a pleasant crunch. Eaten alone they were a bit strong for me, but I chopped them up and added them to tuna salad, and they gave it a wonderful tang and crunch. Matt (who is less averse to pickled things) thought they were pretty tasty.

First off, a shout-out to Alex, who successfully defended his dissertation on Friday! Congratulations!

It's starting to feel like spring. Essentially all I am doing these days is working, and staring longingly out the window at the sunshine. I took a few hours yesterday afternoon to spend time with Chris before he flew back to California. We had planned to sit in a coffeeshop, but instead we wandered through Cambridge and Somerville, sipping hot drinks and enjoying the beautiful weather. It was completely perfect. We ended up at a toy store somehow, playing musical instruments built for 4 year-olds and making fun of completely terrible math educational tools.

I haven't been outside yet this morning, but I am watching the people on the street walk by without mittens, or hats! I am eager to get out there...


Anonymous said...


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Teena said...


That's really cool! I will definitely be following along with your blog (and trying not to let your comments influence me about the recipes I haven't made yet!).

Happy Cooking!


Anonymous said...

I really like the percent complete counter you have up. I was planning on doing the same thing, but couldn't find the total number of recipes in the book. Did you count them?

Anonymous said...

that last from Kevin

Teena said...

I did count them, but I wouldn't place any large amount of money on the accuracy of my count :) Also, I counted the sub-recipes as their own recipes (e.g. on page 537-38 I counted the Caponata and the Sicilian Tomato Sauce separately)...

Teena said...

And the number I got was 1293 (in case that's not on my blog anywhere...).

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'm more than happy to let a little imprecision into my count if it means not doing it myself.