Saturday, May 12, 2012

Weekend Cooking...Ickle Me, Pickle Me!

"Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too"
by Shel Silverstein

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Went for a ride in a flying shoe,
"What fun!"
"It's time we flew!"
Said Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle was captain, Pickle was crew,
And Tickle served coffee and mulligan stew
As higher
And higher And higher they flew,
Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Over the sun and beyond the blue.
"Hold on!"
"Stay in!"
"I hope we do!"
Cried Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too
Never returned to the world they knew,
And nobody
knows what's
happened to
Dear Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Well, the Niece had a hankering for pickles, and not just any pickles but the Hot Pickles from AJ's Pickle Patch at the Reading Terminal Market.

Since it is her birthday this weekend and her college graduation the following weekend, who am I to say no.?
Soon enough, she will be in the hard cruel world of the workplace, so let her enjoy her pickles while she can. 
And, ok,  I love any excuse for a trip to the Reading Terminal Market.
I have no scrapple left!

Barrels and barrels of pickles surround us.
New pickles, aged pickles.
Pickles tomatoes and pickled beets!
Butter pickles and kosher pickles.
A peck of pickled peppers perhaps.
And those Oh So Hot Hot pickles.
Sliced...which are extra hot or
whole, if you are a little afraid.
Would you like a pint...a quart...a gallon?
And of course, some of that 'juice', full of hot pepper flakes.

    The Pickle Lady warned us.
   "These hot pickles, they are hot."
    And she was right!
    Those pickles pack a punch.

    Look at them, so pretty on their
    pretty pickle plate.
    So what to do with these pickle?
    Well, the Niece enjoys just eating them
    alone as many slices as she can she can
    until her mouth bursts into flame.
    Personally, I prefer a milder pickle,
    a new pickle an aged pickle,
    that is not that aged a pickle as pickled pickles go.

But if you have a pickle spear, or a whole pickle that can be cut into spears, or some of those oh so cute gherkin pickles, you might make...

Pickles In A Blanket
  • Pickle spears
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Sliced ham
Spread a slice of ham with some softened cream cheese. Lay a pickle spear across the meat and roll up like a jelly role. Chill in the frig for a few minutes and then slice.
Ideally, remember to get some toothpicks and spear each with one for tidy serving.


This is my contribution this to this week's Weekend Cooking.
"Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend."
Be sure to check out the other entries this week. As always, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. I love pickles -- all kinds. The Reading Terminal market is the coolest. Great photos!

  2. Wow! I have never seen so many pickles in my life!

  3. Love the Shel Silverstein! and I love pickles, especially the hot kind. I would love to visit Reading Market, looks like a fantastic place. Great shots, the pickles in a blanket look good. If your niece likes hot pickles try Wickles Pickles, they are really good, in the supermarket or online. My kids are addicted to them.

  4. I do not think I have ever seen so many pickles in one spot before. I would enjoy the hot spicy ones. What a fun place to visit.

  5. I'm positively pickled with delight at this post! Such fun; the Reading Market looks wonderful, and I'd like to make the pickles in a blanket. Love the Silverstein, too :).

  6. That's a lot of pickles! Such a quick appetizer and it looks so fancy.

  7. I want to go to that market! Those pickles sounds like Wickles.

    1. I do not know the Wickles Pickles!

    2. Wickles Pickles are so good! Sold in grocery stores.

  8. What a great post!! You are a good photographer :) I liked the poetry. Your niece is lucky to have you. I bet a couple of my kids would like those hot pickles too.

    1. You are right! She is very very lucky! Lol

  9. This is such a great post all around. We have a local deli that sells Pickles in a Blanket premade, you get the whole thing (not sliced) for $1.50. We stop there on the way home from school a lot and that's what I always get. (My sons prefer candy, silly boys.)

  10. Wow! So, many pickles to choose from. Fun post!

  11. I enjoyed reading that poem. Thanks.

    The only pickles that have not appealed to me, are pickles on a stick that I have seen at fairs.

  12. Wow, I also have never seen so many pickles in one place! And I agree with other commenters: great post!

  13. On a fun fair close by which take splace once a year they have two pickle stands with the biggest pickles ever. A friend of mine loves them, too.

  14. I've never seen such big pickles. Will have to hunt some out.

  15. ahh, i knew silverstein would be a hit!!!! i will try wickles although i doubt they can be as hot as these amish pickles...

    1. we will have to do a study! maybe a blind taste test!

  16. I’m addicted to pickles - the hotter the better! This market looks wonderful, what a variety. Thanks for the Silverstein poem too - made me smile.

  17. These sound like something that could become addictive!


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