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🤔 Jason Carr's in a pickle

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On this National Pickle Day a few thoughts…

What are pickles exactly? I mean, I know they're pickled cucumbers. But are they a topping? A side? A condiment? I'd argue they are a topping AND a side, but only a condiment if reduced to relish. Even then, it's close on the condiment vs. topping front lines.

Oh, and they're a garnish on a Bloody Mary. So there's that.

Incidentally butter chips are an abomination. Never butter chips or sweet gherkins! Pickles must be polish dills or kosher dills, spicy, vinegary and/or garlicky. Sweet pickles are quite possibly the work of an evil shadow cabal working against what is just and right. Forget they exist.

Pickles figure into my favorite configuration of a cheeseburger: medium rare, cheddar, yellow mustard and dill pickle chips. In the case of Duffy's Den of Redford, the Vlasic-like pickles are standard issue slices you'd find in many a burger bar. They accentuate my favorite burger rather than contradict it.  However, over at another of my favorite haunts—Atomic Dawg in Berkley—the McClure's spicy pickle chips more boldly battle the chargrilled patty to a perfect draw.

At home when I make my signature cheeseburgers on my griddle or the grill, the pickles arrive on my plate as a definite side. In this case, it's Bessinger baby dills bottled and distributed out of Au Gres, Michigan. These pickles are too small to slice so it's advised that you simply snap off a bite between chomps of burger. Remember this when you come to Casa de Carr.

Finally, being part Polish, it should come as no surprise that I'm a huge fan of dill pickle soup. Polish Village Café in Hamtramck has a mouth-watering version. Also, go see Roberta at Classic Family Grill in Fraser—her recipe is top-notch!

- Jason


Here's what Jason and Tati are talking about today

☑️ Time to start checking off the gift list. A popular spot to shop for the holidays has reopened in Downtown Detroit.

🍫 One of the largest candy makers in the nation is ready to launch a vegan candy bar.


Let's go on a road trip!

🍺 Time to forget about the 8, 9, or 10 inches of snow outside your door. Let's remember that Michigan summer weather with warm sandy beaches and cool Great Lakes that splash fresh water along the coast of our state. We're going on a Uniquely Detroit road trip to one of the most remote breweries in the United States that's on an island in Lake Michigan not far from the Mackinac Bridge. (Oh, and you better be ready to wave at the people you meet 👋)

Check out some other road trips:


Did you see this?

🎭 She's a Tony Award-winning actress (who shared the stage with Jeff Daniels), a Detroit native, she had a day dedicated to her in Detroit this week, and she joined us live in studio.

🍴 Are you ready to order? Don't think twice about what you want to eat when you visit this burger destination in Ann Arbor.


What's Happening Around The D

🗓️ Wild Lights are back at the Detroit Zoo

🗓️ MSU vs. Michigan watch party at Beacon Park

🗓️ Library After Dark at The Detroit Masonic Temple

🗓️ Wine tasting for the holidays

🗓️ Holy Mole! contest


Throwback Thursday

🥶 How cold is it? It's so cold we already set two records this week, so we need something to warm up. How about soup?! Take a look back at the recipes we tried for National Soup Month with our Instant Pots. These are quick, easy to make meals, and they all turned out delicious.


Three things to see on Live In The D

🎉 Today: Be the first to see the new float that will head down Woodward Ave. for America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

🎬 Tomorrow: The holiday movie out this weekend starring an actor with ties to metro Detroit.

🎤 Next Week (Thursday): The Grammy Award-winning Clark Sisters join us live in studio for a performance.


Watch Live In The D weekdays at 10am!