It’s Kramer’s birthday weekend! I’m really excited. I’ve got some good stuff planned. My husband works really hard all year long, so I sometimes get a little carried away on his birthday, but that’s okay. My birthday always falls on Thanksgiving, which is a huge party for us, so I try to make his just as special. I already gave him his gifts, because I am terrible and as soon as his actual birthday is a few days away (his is Sunday), I lose all control and have to show him what I got. I have the most practical husband in the world, it would seem. One of the things that he asked for was new throw pillows for our couch, but specifically, really big, fluffy throw pillows. I really hate shopping for that kind of thing, because everything seems overpriced for what it is, but I obliged him and got two new, giant pillows, along with a little toy for his desk at work. I also got him a new pair of jeans, since he’s lost so much weight and his old ones are falling off of him now, some new swim trunks for our eventual Rockaway Beach escapades, which will hopefully come soon, and a few new shirts. Tonight, I have two surprises in store for him. One involves a fancy(ish) dinner, the name of the restaurant, though, I can’t yet reveal because Kramer doesn’t know. I’m going to tell him to meet me near the place, but not the exact address, and I am honestly really proud of myself for not already telling him. After dinner, I have additional plans – nothing exciting, but I know he’ll be happy with what I’ve picked. I’m sure you just can’t wait to find out what kind of birthday Kramer has, but you’ll have to wait until next week to find out. I’m sure you will be only slightly disappointed.
The roof at our new offices, enjoying a beautiful day, amazing ricotta and making cookies.
Then, on Saturday, the pièce de résistance, our friends Emily and Wesley have been kind enough to offer up their awesome roof desk for a barbecue. I’m praying for no rain – we shall see. Anyway, we’re having some people over and the plan is to have a hot dog and burger bar, with all of the delicious toppings one can imagine. I’m going to have to be the one to man the grill, because I promised Kramer he wouldn’t have to do it on his birthday this year (although I think he secretly really loves being the grill guy – every year he says he doesn’t want to do it and ends up doing it). I’ve got lots of good topping ideas in store: seaweed, kimchi, thick cut bacon, Sriracha mayonnaise, pickles, lots of different kinds of mustards, cheese, chili and more. It’s going to be a great day! On Sunday, our friends Joel and Lily decided that we are going to go to a crawfish boil in the city, so that’ll be the perfect way to end Kramer’s birthday weekend extravaganza.
Speaking of our hot dog bar, I’m flush with pickles right now, thanks to my ongoing project with Vlasic Farmer’s Garden, so it couldn’t have come at a better time. This next recipe is a creamy tzatziki sauce made with the line of kosher dill pickles that they’ve come up with. The sauce is perfect for a classic pita sandwich – the creamy sour cream and yogurt combo cut through the spice of whatever meat you’ve chosen (or falafel), and the pickles add just the right amount of acidity. I also love using tzatziki as a salad dressing, or as a dip for vegetables or pita chips. Summer barbecues cry out for crudite platters, and ranch or blue cheese can get boring. Try tzatziki instead! I promise you’ll love the reaction you get. And don’t forget – Farmer’s Garden has the Savor Simplicity Sweepstakes going on, which will award three lucky winners with a prize package valued at $1,500! The Sweepstakes will run online from May 7 – July 31, 2014. Check out the photos and recipe from other bloggers by following @FarmersGarden and by using #FarmToJar.
Chop your pickles.
Mince your garlic and add it to the pickles and the rest of your ingredients.
Stir together and serve.
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 4 Farmer’s Garden® by Vlasic® Kosher Dill Halves, chopped
- Blend sour cream, yogurt, olive oil, garlic and vinegar in medium bowl. Stir in pickles. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Spread over pita sandwiches, use as a salad dressing or as a dip.