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“If You like Piña Coladas…”

 

We all know those famous words sang by Rupert Holmes. (Go ahead, click here before you continue reading. We know you want to). Winter is almost over and springtime is near. We can almost see it! Spring Break vacations are currently being booked and for many the thought of a warm and balmy tropical paradises awaits.

Bringing the tropics to you ahead of schedule, here’s a Tropical Pineapple Margarita Slushy recipe you’re sure to melt over, by Whole and Heavenly Oven. Great for a much sooner happy hour with friends, these margaritas can also accompany a nice home-cooked dinner.

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Picture courtesy of Whole and Heavenly Oven

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of frozen diced pineapple
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1-1/2 cups tequila
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place it all together in the blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Serve in salt-rimmed glass and viola! You got yourself an early spring vacation in a cup glass.

Cheers!

Dr. Lloyd

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Pineapple is in the air!

In case you missed it, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. And everyone plays cupid differently. Some couples keep it traditional with flowers and chocolate, while others are just crazy for an elaborate date night.

Admittedly, we at CHF tend to fall in the latter category. Romantics? Possibly. Passionate? Definitely.  But what exactly makes our hearts melt? How about forget-me-not…dinners! 

The key to our cherished little hearts is an outrageously enchanting meal. So in the spirit of affection, here are some recipes that are sure to make you fall in love:

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Image from Zazzle.com

To set the mood, try whipping up this refreshing Pineapple Cucumber Salad by Mom On Time Out. It’s light enough to leave plenty of room for a few more delicious courses.

As your entree, Carls Bad Cravings’ Thai Pineapple Peanut Chicken Satay and Pineapple Coconut Cashew Rice will impress your S.O. and showcase your (possibly, newly-found) cooking skills.

End the night with Dashing Dish’s Pineapple Whip. A perfect serving size for two, this delectable dessert will have you wanting more. (More sweets, of course!) 

Whether you have a romantic dinner at home or a picnic by the beach, we wish and your loved ones a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Dr. Lloyd

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Sweet Escape

Winter is in full swing for those Perfect Pineapple™ fans located in the North and we’re pretty sure the weather has you dreaming for a summer vacation right about now!

Create your own beach getaway for dinner tonight. With the help of The Recipe Critic, you can be whisked away to the islands of Hawaii in a little over an hour. Talk about being in two places at once!

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Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken Picture courtesy of                      The Recipe Critic

What you’ll need:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ cup cornstarch
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • Sweet Hawaiian Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained

 

This Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken recipe gives traditional baked chicken a sweet and tangy pineapple taste. You’ll be dreaming of Hawaii with every bite.

Aloha!

Dr. Lloyd

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Start the Year Right!

“This year I will eat more fruit…” That’s right; New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. What better way to start 2016 than with some tasty pineapples?

Aside from their incredibly sweet taste, pineapples are also a rich source of natural simple sugars. These sugars improve brain activity, promote better cognition and improve concentration – things we all know we need come Monday mornings.

Other “sugars” you might have at breakfast aren’t so natural and quite frankly make you crash later on. Starting your day with some fresh pineapple will give you the kick-start you need.

Already switching up your morning routine to include oatmeal instead of fattier options? Great! Now, just mix up your ordinary oatmeal recipe by adding juicy, chunks of pineapple.

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(Hawaiian Oatmeal Recipe from BarefeetInTheKitchen.com)

Mary Younkin from Barefeet in The Kitchen gives us this awesome Hawaiian Oatmeal recipe that will have you wanting more. Visit Barefeet in The Kitchen for full instructions on how to start your day off right.

Cheers!

Dr.Lloyd

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Joy to the World! After all the planning and prepping, the big day is finally here. We hope our tips these past few weeks have helped bring some holiday cheer to the dinner table this year. And for all you last-minute folk, here’s a few links again to our favorite winter recipes (if you’re in need to whip something up quickly):

Appetizer: Pineapple Cheese Ball

Side Dish: Costa Rican Casserole

Main Entree: Honey Banked Ham with Pineapple Glaze

Dessert: Perfect Pineapple Pie

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From our family to yours, we wish you a season filled with sweetness!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays,

Dr. Lloyd

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‘Tis the Season

Oh, Christmas!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir. And folks…clamoring for some traditional Christmas ham?

So it doesn’t rhyme. But it’s true! Christmas ham is an American tradition. Sure, every region does things a little differently, but a staple of an American Christmas – like the trees and the presents – is a sweet, glazed, succulent ham.

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Mmm. Our mouth is starting to water just thinking about it! And everyone knows that the best hams, while recipes might vary from family to family, they all have one thing in common: pineapple.

If you’re looking to try out a new recipe or just shake it up a bit, this contest-winning submission from TasteofHome.com is pretty on point.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless fully cooked ham (about 6 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple or a fresh Perfect Pineapple
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Maraschino cherries
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 16 servings

Enjoy,

Dr. Lloyd

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Dish

As you’re reading this, today, Monday, November 23, I can bet that you are either one of two people:

“Person A”: You have EVERYTHING set for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting the entire affair or you’re a generous family member bringing a dish, you’ve got it covered. Ingredients were bought a few days ago and you can’t wait to get in the kitchen and get to work. Or…

“Person B”: You came here looking for a miracle, because you haven’t even given a thought to what you’re supposed to bring to your mother’s house come Thursday.

If you’re Person A , we’re sure you whipped up something both delicious and ambitious like a….Pineapple Casserole for example.

If you’re Person B, don’t worry. We’ve got something just for you!

Baked in AZ swears this is the best cheese ball they’ve ever had. (Tasty? Check!) And it seems pretty easy to make. (A quick run to the store and 30 minutes at home? Check!) Plus, it’s a real tried and true homemade recipe that features PINEAPPLES. (Mom will love it and so do we. Double Check!).

Photo by BakedinAZ.com

Photo by BakedinAZ.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

PINEAPPLE & PECAN CHEESE BALL
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • crackers

 Check out Adel’s recipe page here for directions and more details.

Don’t stress. It will all work out. Plus, if you really don’t have time to make anything – a simple pineapple always does the trick. 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Lloyd

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Holiday Treats: Easy as Pie

What’s the best part about the upcoming holiday season? The answer is as easy as, well, pie, actually!

Pineapple Pie recipe, via Fork Vs Spoon.

Pineapple Pie recipe, via Fork Vs Spoon.

Homemade, baked goods are one of the many wonderful traditions Thanksgiving and Christmas – literally – bring to the table. Today’s recipe shows us exactly why.

Hot out of the oven from Fork Vs Spoon is a Pineapple Pie recipe that is sure to add to the list of favorite pies on your holiday spread later this year.

Here’s what you’ll need:

PINEAPPLE PIE 

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated White Sugar
  • 12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, diced, and frozen.
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • ½ Cup Ice Cold Water
  • 1 – 20 ounce Can Crushed Pineapple with juice
  • ½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • pinch of salt
  • Milk
  • Sugar

Check out Mal’s recipe page here for directions and more details.

Enjoy,

Dr. Lloyd

 

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Boo! A Freakishly Healthy Halloween Snack

It’s the week of Halloween and you’ve just had a terrifying epiphany…there is absolutely no candy in the pantry! You can’t believe it. You’ll need to run out and grab a few bags for those ravenous trick-o-treaters before it’s too late.

Yet, on your way to the store you’ve started to think about it. “Do I really want my kids to eat THAT much candy in one sitting?”

We hear you! For any parent out there looking to give their kids a bit more of a healthy dose of Halloween, we have the recipe just for you!

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Created by Family Fresh Meals.com this Candy Corn Fruit Bowl has all the perfect Halloween trimmings without the scary ingredients.

What you’ll need?

The Perfect Pineapple, cut into  bite sized chunks

– oranges, cut into bite sized chunks

– whipped cream

– candy corn

{I’m sure you know what to do from here, but just in case, check out the full recipe via Family Fresh Meals.com for more details.} 

 

Happy Halloween!

Dr. Lloyd

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Recipe: Baked Plantains with Cheese

In America, we love our cheese. It is true that the French lead the world’s average per person cheese consumption (a whopping 57 pounds per year!), but it’s also true that Americans like to put cheese on everything. Not shy about our own dairy desires, Americans consume an average of 23 pounds of cheese per year. And who can blame us? Cheese is delicious!

In celebrating American Cheese Month this October – yes, it’s a real thing – we’ve decided to give the people what they want: something cheesy!

Photo credit: Laylita.com.

Photo credit: Laylita.com.

This recipe, featuring our very own plantains and yummy mozzarella, is actually common in many places outside of the United States. Traditionally eaten at breakfast or brunch, Laylita.com has made our hearts melt with this delectable baked take on a fried staple of Latin America.

A simple dish that doesn’t take much, here’s a (short) list of ingredients:

 

Ingredients

6 ripe plantains, whole

1-2 tbs melted butter or oil, use as little as you want

6 thick slices of mozzarella

Optional garnish:

Aji criollo or cilantro hot sauce

 

For a complete recipe and detailed instructions, check out the full recipe here.

Mmm. Now smile and say…cheese!

Enjoy,

Dr. Lloyd

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