Breakfast buffet: National pickle day
November 14th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Don't be fickle, it's just pickles - November 14 is National Pickle Day!

Whether you chomp down on gherkins straight from the jar or sneak some crunch into your sandwich, pickles are cool as a cucumber ... that's been pickled, of course.

Pickles get their moniker from the process it takes to make them. This funny name comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning "brine." Leaving cucumbers in brine or vinegar and allowing them to ferment creates our favorite fantastically crunchy pickles.

These salty snacks come in a variety of choose-your-own-adventure kind of options. Are you feeling the hardy crunch of a gherkin or more of a tart, miniature cornichon? Then, of course, there are the kosher dills, Polish, Hungarian, lime-soaked, sweet bread and butter, Swedish, Danish or even, oh my, Kool-Aid pickles! What's your flavor?

Want to dress up your snacktime? Beer-batter fried pickles or tempura dill pickles are just the trick.

And don't forget to relive some nostalgia with "The Little Rascals" and sing your own rendition of the Pickle Song.

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  1. Lisa

    They sell the most amazing pickles at Mitch's Westside Bagel Too! (see pic – They have half sour pickles, pickled tomatoes and peppers! They are all SO good!

    November 14, 2011 at 10:51 am |
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