Your summer shot (have one for me)
Last night we met this cool couple — she’s an interior designer who creates large-scale installations, both artistic and commercial, he’s a DJ who’s worked at the French Laundry and Bouley (as you do).
He made all the best dips and condiments at the BBQ (says he was raised white trash, and I guess it shows): killer queso with like 40 ingredients (including beer and pineapple), caramelized Coca-Cola onions for topping hot dogs and bratwurst (omg), and pickled jalapeño pineapples, for munching, eating with chips and queso, topping brats, whatever. But the best use — pineapple pickling liquid + whiskey = piñabacks. You heard it here first.
Make your own pickled jalapeño pineapples by adapting this recipe. I’d probably skip the other spices and just include slices of jalapeño or habanero.
And I found a couple recipes for Coke onions, if you want to give those a shot.
Look into my eyes and listen to me closely: you probably do.