Monday, April 9, 2012

Cool Tool

by Meghann on April 9, 2012

I told my contact Lindsay at Whole Foods that she’s turning into my fruit dealer.


Last month it was a case of mangos and this month it’s a set of pineapples.


One was used in yesterday’s fruit salad (which was delicious by the way) and I wanted to have a fun with the other one for dinner tonight.


From Lindsay:

“Hailing from Costa Rica, Whole Trade pineapples are delectable, sweet and juicy. They’re grown on farms that keep the health of the planet high on their priority lists. Our Whole Trade Guarantee ensures that you enjoy the best-quality tropical treat, delivered at peak ripeness.”

Lindsay also sent this video on how to properly cut the shell and the core out of the pineapple, but I had different plans.

Enter my pineapple cutter.


Just like my strawberry slicer, the pineapple cutter was a cool had-to-have purchase a couple of years ago, but now resides at the bottom of my junk drawer. I’ll admit that it is a really cool tool, it’s just not a tool I use more than once or twice a year. Perhaps I should start buying more whole pineapples?


The pineapple cutter is super easy to use. You just cut the top off of the pineapple, place the round center part of the cutter on top of the core, and use the handle to start turning the cutter in a clockwise motion so that it cuts the pineapple at an angle.


When you’ve hit the bottom, you simply pull the cutter straight out of the shell and end up with perfect pineapple spirals.


The slices are actually a little thinner than I prefer for pineapple, but for how effortless it was to cut, I can live with that. πŸ˜‰


Now what to do with this pineapple?


I had some leftover easter ham that I wanted to make for dinner and knew that pineapple and ham usually go hand-in-hand with each other. I thought about doing a ham and pineapple fried rice, but decided to switch out the rice with sweet potato instead.


The end result was something of a skillet sweet potato, ham, and pineapple mix that was really, really tasty. I think ham is like bacon – it just makes everything better.


Skillet Sweet Potato, Ham, and Pineapple

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/3 lb leftover ham
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper

Cut the sweet potato and pineapple in bite sized chunks. Add the sweet potatoes to a hot skillet with oil and cook until tender. Add the mushrooms, ham, and pineapple in the last five minutes of cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


I couldn’t wait for Derek to get home to try it. He finished off all of the leftovers I had set aside and gave the meal two thumbs up. πŸ˜‰

Of course, I had to have some green on the side.


And a biscuit.



A slice of birthday blueberry pie found its way in my stomach for dessert.


And earlier in the day I had some mixed nuts with dried fruit as an afternoon snack.



Mad Men

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to discover this show! I’m almost done with the first season on Netflix and just can’t stop watching. It’s so good! As soon as I hit publish, I’ll be heading to bed to watch just one more episode before I fall asleep. And that Don Draper? He’s not bad to look at either. πŸ˜‰

Derek has been watching Breaking Bad via Netflix, but I just can’t seem to get into it. I think it’s too graphic and in-your-face for my taste. eh. Mad Men is much more my style.

Any Mad Men or Breaking Bad fans out there? If not, you should really check them. Or just check Mad Men out – that’s my pick of the two. πŸ˜‰

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