Glad you’re in this pickle jar with me, old friend. You too, new friend; and you over there and there and there and across the sea and over (also under) the rainbow.

In a Pickle

We’re in a pickle

We are, we are

And what’s worse is

The pickle’s in a jam


And then we wonder

Why it’s getting warmer

The jam pot we see

Is in hot water


We’re not sure how it happened

We do not have a hunch

But we hope somebody finds out before

They finish making lunch.**


How we voters got pickled:


  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 to 4 small red chiles (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh dill fronds (about 1 bunch)
  • voters


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine white vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, red chiles (optional), and ground turmeric. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Arrange voters and dill fronds in one or more jars. Pour hot brine into jar to completely cover voters and seal jar. Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours (or up to 1 week).* 


Where do we go from here?  All ideas are welcome.

Dear Alison,

Here’s one idea tap – 20 pickle Pie – Sesame Street …

Yours truly, Vinny

age 6, Center City, Minn.


**[Original by Mark Megson, here altered slightly}

*[Thank you Martha Stewart, again forgive alteration]