This quick method of making pickles does not involve sterilizing or sealing the jar. The colors of these two-toned pickles are most impressive when they're first made, but they taste as good after the color fades.
Delicately battered onion rings can be made at home without fuss; seltzer is the secret ingredient. Fried parsley adds a steakhouse flourish. A spider -- a wide and shallow wire skimmer -- is the best tool for removing onion rings and fried parsley from the hot oil; if you don't have one, use a big slotted spoon.