Eggplant Sandwich (With Quick-Pickled Carrots & Onions)

baguette style bread topped with sliced of roasted eggplant and pickled carrots

Here’s a festive meal that might win over the eggplant averse. If you really want to stack the deck, make it with a soft baguette-style bread. You should feel free to improvise with this sandwich. The key elements are some kind of soft and chewy bread, baked eggplant (straight from the oven or leftover), a […]

Quick Pickles 101

Three open canning jars filled with sliced vegetables

Quick pickles (or “Quickles”) take very little time to make and will last in the refrigerator for up to two months. Add them to crudeté platters and use them to garnish any sandwich or savory dish that would benefit from a bit of crunch, salt, and acid. I frequently make small batches for tacos, falafel, […]

Pico De Gallo

Quesadillo on a wood tray with small bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo, and two glasses of ice water with blueberries

If you have fresh ripe tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and a jalapeno, on hand, it’s definitely time to make pico de gallo. Even if you don’t have all of those ingredients, consider improvising. I like to think of pico season as an invitation to eat diced tomatoes on anything and everything. We particularly love it on […]

Fattoush Salad with Black-eyed Peas

Large wood salad bowl full of fattoush salad

Fattoush is a middle eastern salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, toasted pita, and a fresh lemon vinaigrette. As with all salads, the ingredients are flexible, but black-eyed peas make it feel like a festive meal.  A note about kitchen staples: If you’ve downloaded the Vinegar Home Kitchen Staples Checklist, you may have noticed that black-eyed peas […]

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Overhead shot of a canning jar with pickled red onions with whole spices visible on top

Quick-pickling or “quickling” is a fast, simple way to pickle vegetables. You can whip these onions up at the beginning of cooking dinner and enjoy them with your meal. They are great on Mexican food, but really can go on anything that would benefit from a zesty tang. Try them on tacos, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, […]

Red Onion

three red onions

Red Onion Veggie Type: Onion Season: Spring through fall, stored through the winter Peak months: June-November Uses: Red onions have a sweet flavor and crunchy texture and are best served raw.  You could use them in cooking in a pinch, but they would not be as strong as cooking onions, and wouldn’t make the most […]