Farm Stand BLT – Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic®

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If I had to choose one quintessential summer meal for me, it would have to be the BLT – no summer is complete until I’ve had it at least eight or nine times. Currently my count is at four, so I’ve still got a ways to go (Lucky me!). Thankfully, tomato season is just getting under way in our garden, so I have plenty of time to surpass my minimum consumption requirements.

In fact, we’re spending the week in Virginia Beach with Kevin’s entire family this week (think Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins etc.), and each meal we switch off preparing for the entire group. BLTs are on the menu for lunch tomorrow, so that puts my count up to five for the season. I’m hoping by the time we get back to KC on Saturday, our seven green tomatoes that have been painfully stubborn little guys have turned into the ripe, plump beefsteak tomatoes we’ve been hoping for all summer long.

Cross your fingers!

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While a classic BLT is always a winner in my book, sometimes it’s nice to put a spin on the traditional with a bit more of a complex approach, like this Caprese BLT, this Benedict BLT or today’s Farm Stand BLT. All equally delicious, but all just a little bit different. Thanks to my friends at Vlasic® I think I’ve found one of my favorite ways to enjoy this summertime classic – with pickles!!

I can’t believe it never occurred to me before now, it seems like such a simple change, but the addition really gives the sandwich a special tangy twist I love. And like I mentioned before each Farmer’s Garden® cucumber is hand-packed in a traditional mason jar and pickled using home-style canning techniques to lock in the bold, fresh taste making for the perfect accouterment to a classic BLT.

Now that’s summertime in a sandwich. Check out the recipe here!

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Again, don’t forget to Enter for a chance to win a summer entertaining package, worth $1,500, through the Savor Simplicity Sweepstakes. Visit www.farmersgardenvlasic.com to enter and for more information on Savor Simplicity.

Summer Dog Relish – Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic®

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So apparently I missed National Hot Dog day this week? I’m always so behind on these food holidays. It’s kind of like a repeat of middle school, when everyone would start wearing the same brand of Abercrombie jeans, shorts, shirts etc. except for me. I was kind of clueless in middle school, so by the time I figured it out, begged my Mom to buy me the $80 jeans, and she caved, everyone was already on to a new trend. I like to think I’m generally on point with the fashion scene now, but clearly I’m still lacking in the food department.

I guess a day or two late is better than never right?

While I’m technically sharing a hot dog recipe today, the actual recipe is for the relish, and is part of a project I’ve been working on with Vlasic® Farmer’s Garden pickles. I don’t know if you remember, but a while back I did another big project with them, so I was beyond thrilled when they asked me on board again. Plus, I got oodles and oodles of free pickles – yippee!

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Today is part one of a four part series with Farmer’s Garden pickles; in the next two weeks I’ll be posting three other super yummy recipes that incorporate pickles in some way, shape or form. There are five delicious varieties of Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles: Zesty Garlic Chips, Bread & Butter Chips, Kosher Dill Spears, Kosher Dill Halves and Dill Chips.

The pickles we used in the relish today are the bread and butter chips, which have turned me into a bread and butter lovin’ freak! I always stuck my nose up at bread and butter pickles, I didn’t like anything about them, but these, these are different, they’re sweet, but still tangy, which I love.

I think my love for these guys also stems from the process in which they come to be. Farmer’s Garden™ by Vlasic® pickles are artisanal-quality, premium pickles, made with honest ingredients and no artificial flavors. They’re also made with the finest, specially selected ingredients – deliciously ripe cucumbers, whole garlic cloves (love!), slices of red bell pepper, rounds of carrots and fresh herbs and spices – harvested at the peak of freshness.

What I love about this relish, is it’s a cinch to make, coming together in about five minutes flat and uses ingredients most of us already have sitting around in the pantry. And while here, I slathered it all over a juicy all-beef hot dog, this would also be perfect smothered over grilled chicken or steak; and even be the perfect condiment to a batch of fish or shrimp tacos – the options are endless!

Check the recipe out here!

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Also, as part of the Savor Simplicity Campaign, Farmer’s Garden™ by Vlasic® will be offering the Savor Simplicity Sweepstakes, which offers consumers the chance to receive a custom prize pack to help savor life’s simple joys. Enter to win here, and don’t forget to check out the different varieties of pickles and mouth-watering recipes to go along with them!

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