photography by Angie Norwood Browne and Michael Stearns


5-6 #’s of pickling cukes

1 red onion

1 head of garlic-minced

handful of fresh dill heads

1 t horseradish

3 chiles split

1/4 cup pickling spices

3 cups red wine vinegar

6 cups water

1/2 cup salt

Heat vin, water and salt just until simmering. Pack jars tight with above ingredients & pour hot liquid into jars to cover. Let rest in fridge for 24 hours and then enjoy! They get better with age. If they start to get too spicy, remove chiles.

Pickling Spice mixture

1 Tablespoon coriander

1 Tablespoon whole mustard seed

2 Tablespoons celery seed

2 Tablespoons peppercorns

4 crumbled bay leaves

2 whole cloves



12 Cucumbers sliced thin

4 large red onions ringed

2 red peppers chopped

1 head garlic minced

1/3 cup salt

3 cups Cider Vingar

2 cups Sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Tumeric

1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed

2 Tablespoons Mustard Seed


Combine first 4 ingredients with salt cover with ice cubes. Put in fridge for 3 hours. Drain well. Mix sugar, vinegar, and seasonings. Pour over cucumbers, peppers, onions and garlic and heat to a boil. Can in hot water bath for 10 minutes.


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

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