I'm addicted to Tony Packo's Pickles. While they are not impossible to get in LA they are hard to find and a bit pricey though not as pricey as the $12 jar of bread and butters found at the recent Renegade Craft Fair in LA.
I've never Pickled anything. A friend sent her Indiana grandma's recipe which starts with a jar of Valasic Dills. I'm not sure that is the direction I want to go I was thinking of starting with Alton Brown's Sweet and Spicy recipe to see how I do and to see if it comes close.
If anyone has suggestions or recipes, I'd be grateful.