It’s amazing how technology has changed the way we communicate, meet people, and make friends.  Not so very long ago many people couldn’t have fathomed meeting others via the internet and having them become some of your closest friends, but nowadays it can be a common occurrence.  The food blogging world has introduced me to many people that are very dear to me, even if they aren’t physically near.  One of these people is my friend Josie of Pink Parsley Catering.  We have so much in common that sometimes we swear we must share a brain.  Josie (who also has a daughter named Caroline) is expecting her second baby next month – a boy this time!  If we lived closer you can bet I’d be throwing her a real shower but since that’s not possible, we did the next best thing – a virtual shower!  Lots of sweet and talented bloggers made dishes in honor of Josie and her little man.  Everyone made such beautiful and thoughtful contributions.  Pictures and descriptions of everyone’s dishes are included below.  Be sure to check out their individual blogs to get the recipes and read more about their dishes.

Every party needs a good cocktail, but in the case of baby showers, mocktails do just as well.  Nikki of Pennies on a Platter mixed up this sparkling Italian lemonade.  A little sweet, a little sour with an herbal note from the basil and bubbly from the sparkling water make this beverage appealing to just about everyone, pregnant or not!

Brady of Branny Boils Over gave a southern spin to the classic deviled egg by adding pimento cheese to the filling.  I am a major deviled egg lover and I know Josie adores pimento cheese, so this was a fantastic choice.

Speaking of pimento cheese, Tara of Smells Like Home made fried pimento mac and cheese.  There are so many great things going on in this dish, I can’t handle it.  Mac and cheese?  Pimento cheese?  Fried?  Sign me up.

Courtney of Cook Like a Champion made these lovely layered peach and strawberry verrines.  They include layers of peach gelatin, peach mousse, and strawberry puree.  A light and fruity dessert like this is just perfect for any elegant shower, baby or bridal!

Cate of Cate’s World Kitchen made these gorgeous phyllo purses filled with goat cheese (pasteurized, of course!), roasted apricots and rosemary.  This sounds like a wonderful flavor combination, and goat cheese is a favorite of the mom-t0-be, so these would be a hit for sure.

Karin of This Wife Bakes made these pretty brown sugar cupcakes with raspberry buttercream.  I love the adorable embellishments and the blue teddy bear :)

Elly of Elly Says Opa! made these drool-worthy finger sandwiches with grilled piquillo peppers and manchengo cheese.  And this isn’t just any bread – it’s yeasted cornbread.  How great do these look?

Michele of  Cook Au Vin  baked up some adorable baby peach pies.  I love the idea of “baby” pies for a baby shower, and of course, peach pie is a great choice to honor this Southern mama.

Shawnda of Confections of a Foodie Bride knows that Josie’s other favorite cuisine besides Southern is Mexican, so she contributed these pulled pork empanadas with peach chipotle BBQ sauce.  Just based on the name alone, I can tell that is a lot of Josie’s favorite things rolled into one dish.  Yum.

Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles made chocolate friands.  This dessert is new to me, but Bridget tells me they are like brownies so rich, they’re almost candy.  Sold.

Jen of Bakin’ and Eggs made this baked vidalia onion dip.  Onion dip is welcome at practically any party or get-together, and this upscale version looks ideal for a shower with lots of onions, warm melty cheese, and a crunchy bread crumb topping.  My mouth is watering!

Shanon of The Curvy Carrot dished up these mini mac and cheese pies.  Everyone loves mac and cheese, but it’s not exactly a party friendly food.  Serving mini-size portions in this neat little appetizer?  Brilliant, I tell you.

Kelsey of An Apple a Day made this incredible sweet tea tiramisu with peaches and blueberries.  I know Josie is a major sweet tea lover so this is a perfectly elegant summery twist on a classic dessert.

Because Josie and I have so much in common, I really agonized over what to make for her shower.  I knew I wanted to make something Southern.  I hemmed and hawed and eventually settled on fried pickles.  I’ve been wanting to make them for a really long time so this seemed like a great opportunity.   I was planning on just leaving it at that when suddenly I had a brain wave.  Rather than serve them with the usual ranch dipping sauce, I decided to put a mini scoop of ranch ice cream on the side to make a play on the “pickles and ice cream” cliché of pregnancy.  All I did was take my normal ranch dressing and put it in the ice cream maker to freeze.  While this step certainly isn’t necessary, it added a fun touch to the presentation.  If you have never tried a fried pickle, I highly recommend you change that ASAP.  I know, they sound crazy and kind of gross – that’s what I thought before I had been enlightened – but believe me, they are good.  They were also really quick to make.  I know sometimes frying seems involved but thanks to the small size of the pickle slices, they were breaded quickly and I was able to fry them in my small saucepan so I didn’t need much oil.  We really enjoyed this appetizer and I think Josie would too.


1 pint sliced dill pickles
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
½ tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. paprika
Pinch of salt
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
Ranch dressing, for serving


  • 01

    Drain the pickles, reserving 2/3 cup of the pickle juice.  Lay the pickle slices out on paper towels to blot off excess moisture.  Combine the reserved pickle juice, egg, 1 tablespoon of flour, and hot sauce in a bowl.  Whisk well to combine and set aside.

  • 02

    In a shallow dish or pie plate, combine the remaining flour, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika and salt.  Whisk to blend.

  • 03

    In batches, dip the pickle slices in the egg mixture, gently shaking off the excess.  Then dredge in the flour-spice blend.  In a medium saucepan, add oil to about 1-inch depth.  Heat the oil to 375˚ F.  Fry the pickles in batches until golden-brown, about 3-4 minutes total.  Transfer briefly to paper-towel lined rack.  Serve warm with ranch dressing for dipping.


  • Ohhh how cute is that presentation? I love the idea of ranch “icecream!” I would love to try that and I’m not even expecting! Looks liky you guys put alot of thought and effort into your virtual baby shower and all of the dishes are drool worthy!

  • These sound super tasty. Weird, but I’m excited to try. I love this virtual baby shower idea! So cute.

  • Sarah

    Annie, your recipe looks great, and I think I need to try several of the rest of these too (the mac and cheese muffins, the brown sugar cupcakes, and those deviled eggs!)

  • Aussie Cook

    Very clever, Annie! I’m currently planning a friend’s baby shower so thank you for the inspiration! All the best to your friend on the upcoming birth.

  • I love the way the ice cream looks with the pickles, and I’m so glad you took that idea and ran with it. It’s creative, fun and totally perfect for a baby shower. Thank you so much for putting this together and for reminding me that with friends like this, distance really doesn’t matter. :)

  • Looks like a fabulous collection of shower fare – a job well done by everyone! I LOVE your idea of freezing the ranch dressing… so clever, and it makes for a beautiful presentation.

  • Your pickles look amazing, and what a stroke of genius to make ranch ice cream. I had fried pickles for the first time when I was pregnant with my first and couldn’t tell if I truly loved them or if it was the pregnancy that made me love them. Turns out, they are incredible! I can’t wait to try to make my own. Thanks for the recipe and for the shower invite!

  • Thanks for hosting the shower, Annie! Everyone’s contributions look SO good and thoughtful, as well.

    I’ve been on the lookout for a fried pickles recipes, so I’m very excited to try this one out!

  • What a fantastic menu! Everything looks absolutely wonderful. And the twist on pickles & ice cream is super creative – ranch dressing ice cream? Genius.

  • You clever little wench! What a great idea. I tried fried pickles once, using a beer batter, and they were just meh. Will be trying this recipe soon! So happy for Mrs. Josie!

  • I like how you think! What a fun twist on pickles & ice cream. All of this baby shower food look delicious!

  • This is a lovely idea. I can’t think of anything to make, so I went out and got virtually pregnant.

  • Angela Avery

    Seriously the best post ever on your blog! I totally want to plan a baby shower today. Only thing I don’t like from this post is imagining the poor mom-to-be looking at all of these foods without being near you to eat them! ha! Great ideas. Thanks!

  • sharleen

    Where did you get the cute polkadotted cups?

  • Paula B.

    Brilliant, love the play on pickles and ice cream (and how you served them). All of the party food looks incredible – now if only you were really getting together. Good luck to the mom-to-be.

  • Although I shouldn’t admit this (as an RD) but fried pickles are my secret favorite food.

  • Casie

    Your dish is genius! I will have to steal it for the next baby shower I attend!

  • What torture for Josie to be able to see all of these foods and not actually get to eat them! They look delicious!

  • Annie

    I ordered them online a loong time ago…I think maybe Bake It Pretty, but I’m not 100% sure on that.

  • Annie, thank you so much for putting this together. You are such a good friend, and I really hope you can make that trip to ATL to visit your brother, so we can finally hang out!

    I am so in love with this idea of pickles and ice cream. Seriously so creative and fun! Thanks again for hosting!

  • This is a shower I’d love to attend and eat at! Wonderful job hosting, and fabulous treats from all the ladies involved. Congrats to Josie!

  • Chelsea

    Love the virtual showers you all have; they look like such fun! Fried pickles are a favorite of mine, but everywhere I’ve been in Upstate NY makes the Dill Spears. So glad to see a chip recipe – I’ll be making these soon!

  • Oh thank you so much for the fried pickle recipe! We’ve tried several and they never turn out as good as restaurant one! Hopefully the hint on blotting them will help!!

  • What a fabulous virtual shower…everything on this menu looks sooo good!

  • Annie! You are the best host! This all looks wonderful! So glad to be a part of it.. Any friend of Josie is certain A+ in my books as she is great. Your blog has also been very inspiring to me. Thanks for this!

  • Everything really looks beautiful! I am a huge fan of fried pickles – love the crispy, juicy dill-ness!

  • Everything looks so great…wish we could have done this in real life! Thanks so much for organizing it!

  • This is so great! everything looks delicious! i am so excited about the fried pickles i have been wanting to make them since my recent trip to Oklahoma where they are plentiful, but i unfortunately didn’t get to try them. Will definitely be making these soon! and the ranch ice cream is a nice touch :)

  • Wow! Look at all those entries! What great friendships you all have made. And the play on pickles and ice cream is genious! I love how you’ve presented them in individual serving bowls. Great idea!

  • What a creative contribution, Annie! I’ll definitely be keeping it in my back pocket for future baby showers.

    Thank you for organizing and hosting Josie’s shower. As always, you did a fabulous job and made every step of the way so much fun!

  • where were you when I was pregnant? these look great.

  • What a fun idea! The picture of the Mom to be is beautiful as well as all of the treats and goodies made by all of the blogging friends!

  • Jillian_R

    WOW! Your food makes me drool in anticipation! What a nice party, can I come? LOL

  • Such a creative idea – “FROZEN” ranch dressing, LOVE it <3

  • Here is another coincidence for you – my name is Josie and when I was pregnant my craving was fried pickles. My sweet baby girl is now 4 months old. Congrats to the other Josie and her baby boy on the way!

  • Debbie C

    I am drooling just scrolling down through this post and seeing all of the amazing treats! What a sweet idea…a virtual baby shower!

  • I loled at the ranch in the ice cream machine! How amazingly awesome! Only you’d think of it and take the plunge! I love it when people do virtual showers! Its a ton of fun stuff all at once. Isn’t it amazing the wonderful friends we make? Im so thankful for my Internet friends!

  • What a hilarious concept: ranch ice cream and fried pickles! A+ choice for a pregnant lady. Thanks for hosting!

  • Danielle

    Brilliant! I looooove fried pickles in a major way, and ranch “ice cream” would have to be amazing with them! Many of the other foods look awesome too, I’m especially loving the sweet tea tiramisu idea–genius.

  • Crystal Power

    I love the ranch ice cream!! Such a brilliant and unique idea!

  • Gosh darn it-I love fried pickles. Especially with good Ranch dressing. How about we make these when I am in town in two weeks???

  • I love fried pickles! Sometimes I use panko or saltines crackers for the breading.

  • Fabulous wrap-up for the fabulous Josie! Thanks so much for inviting me to share in this great event and I can’t wait for the next one – though maybe we really need to get on this group get together thing. :) I’ve never had fried pickles before but they may be what comes out of the pickles I made last weekend. And the ranch ice cream? Genius…as usual. :)

  • The fried pickles and ranch ice cream look so great! I really, really need to try a fried pickle. Thanks for hosting the shower and doing the round up – so fun to participate!

  • Laura R

    First of all I love fried pickles!!! I cant wait to try the recipe! All of the food looks yummy ladies!

  • Absolutely LOVE fried pickles!! Funny, I was talking about them yesterday before I viewed the blog today. Good choice on the fried pickles; they are also good served with a chipotle ailoili (sp?).

  • Reading this post was borderline tortorous for me at 5:23 (quitting time is 5:30) on a Friday afternoon. I need one (three) of everything!

  • Caitlin

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! As a child I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in GA and as a result I have always been a Southern girl at heart. These recipes really hit home for me and I can’t wait to try them! You’ve also good me hooked on the blogs of all of the talented cooks that were involved in the shower. Thanks again!

  • Christine

    Love fried pickles. They’re excellent with fry sauce!

  • I looove the first picture! It’s soo moving… and i love those peach and strawberry verrines!! And the picture of the empanadas is also great :)

  • I LOVE FRIED PICKLES!!!! I will be forcing my mom to make these sometime soon.

  • What a fantastic idea and I love your blog.

  • Ann

    The first time I tried fried pickles was at StripBurger in Las Vegas and they had an appetizer that was a bucket of onion strings, sweet potato fries, and fried pickles. I was digging to the bottom of the bucket for the last fried pickle! I was surprised at how much I liked them. I’m excited to try your version with the ranch ice cream. Thank you for another great recipe!