After a long bike ride, there's no reason my guests and I shouldn't indulge in a delicious dessert. However, since we are having dinner on the patio, I want to keep it light and informal. Grilled pineapple is a great Summertime dessert that comes together quickly and easily. This recipe kicks the classic variation up a notch by glazing the pineapple in a sugary molasses syrup that's infused with the exotic fragrance of cardamom. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's decadent, but not over-the-top rich. This sweet finish would be ideal at any August barbecue, so get the recipe after the break.
Besides cosmopolitans, Fab and I offered guests Flirtinis at our Sex and the City Marathon. Like the cosmo, a Flirtini is a cocktail that was featured on an episode of the show. The Flirtini also happens to be Danny's signature drink, and he has making them down to a science. Luckily he taught me the technique for this simple, stylish cocktail that combines pineapple juice, vodka, and Champagne. He recommends chilling the three ingredients hours before mixing the drink. I suggest making a large batch because these babies go down like water! To make these cocktails today — cheers it's Friday! — read more
Pineapple happens to be one of my absolute favorite fruits. Yesterday they were on sale at my local Whole Foods (2 for $6) and I decided to grab a pair. When I got to the checkout counter, the gal asked if I would like her to remove the tops for me. I said yes and watched as she gave the leafy bit a firm twist.
Once the leaves had been popped off, she told me an amazing tip: she suggested I store the pineapple upside down. This helps the sweet juice that has accumulated on the bottom during shipping, flow back to the other end.
I've often wondered why one side of the pineapple is sweeter than the other, and it looks like I finally discovered why! So tell me, did you know this trick already and do you think it works?