Bread and Butter Pickles

by Pamela

Bread and Butter Pickles

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

I have been mesmerized by the news story about the Korean man who married his pillow.  In case you hadn’t heard…28 year old Lee Jin-gyu married what amounts to a body pillow emblazoned with a Japanese anime character named Fate Testarossa.  Yep, a cartoon picture silk screened onto a pillow case has captured this man’s heart…and probably some other parts as well.

How bad has your dating life gotten if you’re 28 years old and you believe that your soul mate is a pillow?  His friends say he takes her it to restaurants and orders pillow Fate her own meal (hey, at least he’s not cheap – which is more than I can say for some of the guys I have dated…and you know who you are…) and goes to amusement parks with it and rides the rides with his sexy pillow friend.  Maybe this guy wasn’t breast fed or something.

If he was previously married I could give him a pass on this odd behavior.  I mean, Craig was married before we met and I suppose after his divorce he might have been willing to take up with a pillow, but lucky him he met me (let me bask for a bit).  So I suppose I was feeling lucky that he chose me over a pillow when he started requesting home made pickles.

Having never made pickles before (go figure…a girl from Ohio who hasn’t made her own pickles – insert your own joke here), I grabbed for my grandmas recipes.  She’s made pickles before.  Lucky for me she had her bread and butter pickles recipes that didn’t require copious amounts of cucumbers or canning jars (aka easy recipes).  Also lucky for me?  Craig was looking for bread and butter pickles and not dill (grandma B doesn’t have that recipe).  These are so ridiculously easy.  You could eat them just a few hours after making them, but letting them sit overnight in the refrigerator will give you a stronger flavor.

Relationship Advice

In consideration of poor Mr. Jin-gyu (and yes, I am going to pity this man for his utter lack of understanding of women and possible lack of mothers breast milk) I am going to defer to 5 celebrity women who were interviewed by Esquire regarding their advice to men about women.  Should you want to read all 75 quotes, click here.

Kathryn Hahn: “The Brazilian bikini wax is torture. To show a little appreciation, you could trim your nose hair. And your nut sack.”  Courtney Cox: “Breasts are not a speed bump to the promised land.”  Christina Applegate: “Guys who go to Hooters to watch the game are usually the same guys who go to lunch at strip clubs for the free chicken-fried steak.  Don’t be one of those guys.”  Jennifer Love Hewitt: “We’re not complimented when you call your ex a slut.  She dated you, too.  So what are we?  Judy Greer: “We drink til you’re cute too.”

Makes Approximately 2 Cups


  • 3 Cucumbers (sliced 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick – Peeling is optional)
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onion (sliced 1//8″- 1/4″ thick)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt (not Kosher)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Celery Seed


In a medium plastic or glass bowl, mix cucumbers and onions.  The thickness of the cucumbers and onions is up to you depending on how crunchy you want the pickles and how long you want them to last in the refrigerator.  The thicker the slices, the longer they will last and the crunchier they will be.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar and vinegar.  Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Sprinkle the Salt and the Celery Seed over the top of the cucumbers and onions.  Mix to combine.

Let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

Pour vinegar mixture over top of cucumbers and onions.  Stir to combine.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 day.

Serve and store remaining in covered container in refrigerator.


mymansbelly April 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

Hi Mauren,
I’m so glad you liked them. I’m with you on the quantity thing.

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 10, 2011 at 5:51 am

Wow, these are the easiest pickles to make ever! I love that I can make a small quantity.

Susan December 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

I’ll have to give this a try. I never thought of making my own pickles. Sorta reminds me of making my own kimchi.

Kate @ Savour Fare March 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

They did a spoof of this on 30 Rock, but it was James Franco who loved his pillow. I haven’t had Bread and Butter Pickles in a while but I love them — thanks for the recipe!

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