Think Pink! Watermelon Radish Pickles

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Watermelon Radish Pickles!

These pickles take 3 days in the refrigerator to “pickle”. Serve them as an accompaniment to salads and sandwiches. I served them with roasted vegetables for an extra “pop” of sweet and sour flavor. Love these pickles on Avocado Toast (toasted baguette slices topped with a smear of  ripe avocado, chopped tomato, minced red onion, chopped watermelon pickles – and any other topping you like…drizzle of balsamic vinegar, sautéed red bell peppers, grilled corn off the cob, feta cheese, crumbled ricotta salata…)

2 large watermelon radishes, washed, brown spots and any tough parts of rind trimmed off then sliced thin on a mandolin

1/2 red onion, sliced thin on mandolin

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons super fine sugar

1 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon mixed pickling spice

2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons raspberry balsamic vinegar

Place watermelon radish and red onion slices in non-metal container (metal container will give pickles a metal taste) with tight-fitting lid.

Mix together super fine sugar, red wine vinegar, salt, mixed pickling spice,  whole black peppercorns, garlic and raspberry balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over the watermelon radish and red onion slices. Cover tightly and shake container to disperse the vinegar mixture over the radish and onion slices.  Place in the refrigerator, shaking the container once a day, for three days. Note: sugar, garlic and black peppercorn amounts can be adjusted according to taste.  If you like a sweeter pickle, add more sugar; if you like a less spicy pickle add less garlic and black peppercorns.

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Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rosé

Rosé Vino Spumante Brut

  Pretty pink in the glass. This sparkling is a wonderful value and a very enjoyable rosé.

Blend of Grasparossa and Pinot Nero grapes.  Raspberry and Strawberry notes are no surprise in this wine. The real surprise is the smooth finish…no acidic bite or tannins at the end of the sip…just a touch of refreshing lingering lemon at the very end.

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Blushing Bride Amaryllis

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Pink Hyacinth

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I love receiving beautiful Spring flowers in the middle of winter, like these gorgeous pink tulips, from my bubbly friends!

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