Skillet with three pickle juice-brined pork chops

Pickle Juice-Brined Pork Chops

Pickle juice-brined pork chops. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, we know what you're thinking. Why didn't we think of brining pork chops in dill pickle juice? It's easy, ingenious, and, natch, delicious.
Glass jar of pumpkin seed pesto, nearby the lid and a spoon with pesto

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Calling all pesto lovers! This variation on the classic is unconventionally unique and every bit as much a keeper as the familiar rendition with pricey pine nuts.
Three small blue plates filled with spicy beef kebabs, red onion, and cilantro

Spiced Beef Kebabs

Indian street food at its finest. And recreated at home. Trust us when we say you're not going to want to share.
A metal tray with 4 caramel apples, with natural sticks as handles, two more apples on the table

Caramel Apples

Forget bobbing for apples. Try this equally apple-y endeavor instead that requires far less effort yet yields way more caramel-cloaked gratification.
Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie

An unconventional approach to apple pie that happily involves booze and lotsa butter. Even more memorable as the classic.
Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Not your classic oatmeal raisin cookies, these boast golden raisins, maple syrup, and cardamom in addition to pistachios. Practically paleo. Entirely good.