Pina Colada Fruit Salad

pina colada fruit salad

I would like to say that I came up with this deliciously dramatic dessert all on my own, but it's a variation on the one we look forward to every time we visit our favorite bed and breakfast at the Jersey Shore.  It's a beautiful plateful of fresh fruit, aromatic mint with a scoop of sorbet on the top  for good measure...all served up in a fresh pineapple shell.  It's the perfect breakfast, lunch or even dinner treat, and while I love it best at that B&B (and more on them below), it's also something I make from time to time in my own kitchen, for both the good taste and the good memories.  So speaking of those memories... Read More & Get the Recipe

Sweet and Sour Shrimp in Pineapple Boats

sweet and sour shrimp in pineapple boats

You gotta wonder what inspired the first guy to eat a pineapple what prompted him to try the pineapple in the first place.  Because the outside of a pineapple is prickly and forbidding pretty much all over.  But once you cut into a nice ripe pineapple and get that first whiff of sweet, tender pineapple deliciousness...I would like to find that guy and thank him.  Or her.  Because while canned pineapple is nice and convenient and all, I'm here to tell you that once you make that first slice, pineapples are very cooperative, and canned pineapple cannot hold a candle to fresh stuff.  And...bonus points!...the pineapple shells make extremely fun boats to serve whatever you are serving.  In this case, we will be making a super easy, super delicious sweet and sour shrimp.  With, you know, pineapple! Read More & Get the Recipe

Grilled Fish Tacos!

grilled fish tacos

I've been in a serious fish taco mood lately.  A corn tortilla, crunchy lettuce, sweet tomato, spicy creamy sauce, tangy lime, bet-you-can't-eat-just-one fish taco mood.  And so the Southern husband has been getting a steady diet of fish tacos (it is SO convenient that tortillas only come in packs of approximately one million) as I figure out which variety of fish taco is my very, very favorite.  First up: grilled fish tacos, complete with all that good stuff I listed above AND some sweet grilled pineapple just for good measure. Read More & Get the Recipe

Ham and Pineapple Biscuit Sliders with Spicy Honey Mustard


Somedays you just NEED to have a ham sandwich, and I'll be the first one to say there's nothing wrong with a good old, plain old ham and cheese.  But...what would happen if ham sandwiches took a cue from their hamburger cousins, and turned into slider form?  I'm talking shaved, salty, delicious ham on a soft, warm, buttermilk biscuit.  I'm talking curly lettuce and a little bit of grilled pineapple.  And I'm talking topping the whole thing off with a nice slathering of this. Read More & Get the Recipe

Hawaiian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


I think the only thing possible better than pulled chicken barbecue is pulled chicken barbecue that cooks by itself all day long in the slow cooker with pineapple and onion and a jar of spicy barbecue sauce that you forget about until you walk in the door at the end of the day and smell pulled chicken barbecue that is already cooked and ready to eat. Did you get all that? Good, because every word is true.  But don't take MY word for it...haul out that slow cooker that I know you have somewhere and try it for yourself.  As I write this I am keeping an eye on the thermometer, which is inching its way up towards 90 degrees.  And when it is THAT hot out, there is nothing and nobody who can make me turn on my stove or my oven.  But the slow cooker...that's another story.  Because it cooks low and slow, whatever you pop into it is tender and wonderful, and your kitchen stays cool.   Summer is for salads and slow cookers...and this recipe is as easy as it gets.  Toss some nice big Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp and Pineapple Kebabs with Lime Viniagriette


Okay, so I will once again admit it: I am a complete sucker for shrimp cocktail.  There's something about chilled shrimp in a glass that just has me at hello, so it is pretty much a done deal that I will be working this into the Southern husband and my Friday Night Lights approach to Friday dinners in any way I can, and I have to say that so far....this may be my favorite. It's got shrimp.  It's got pineapple.  It's got cherry tomatoes.  It's got a light lime vinaigrette.  It's served on skewers, which makes it oh-so-easy to eat when you are on the couch watching a movie while your teenager is out gallivanting. I love the word gallivating.  Somehow I never look like this when I do it. Anyway. This is one of those ecipes that looks like you spent all day creating a wonderful seafood concoction when you really only spent about 15 minutes cooking up some shrimp, chopping up some tomatoes and pineapple and whisking together a super-simple line dressing.  You mix the whole Read More & Get the Recipe