Fresh Pineapple & Sage Granita

Here are a few of our latest ideas for spring’s best & most herby, fresh & light desserts!

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Grilled Pineapple Red Pepper Salsa

Makes approx. 3 cups

Serve with steak, pork, chicken or rice!

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Pineapple and Mint

Fresh fruit pairs beautifully with all sorts of fresh herbs…here’s some combos we think go together like peas in a pod.  After you cooked your fresh fruit concoctions, top them with fresh ricotta, serve with a cheese plate, and of course they’ll pair smashinly with ice cream or sorbet!

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Pineapple Carpaccio With Basil Syrup

Carpaccio, traditionally a dish of thinly sliced raw fish or beef, has come a long way. This season’s hot herb trend is more than just plain old carpaccio, it’s a showcase of flavor creativity and is no longer reserved for just beef and fish.

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Pineapple Mint Iced Red Bush Tea

In the summer we get hot, and when we get hot our natural tendency is to drink something refreshing. Experts may tell us that water is the best thing to drink, but we human beings get bored with the same old thing even if it is good for us. Drinking tea has come back into fashion and we are surrounded by a vast amount of information about the health benefits of tea. Summer is a brilliant time to make the best of your body’s need for healthy liquid while taking advantage of the profound positive health impact of drinking tea and fresh herbs. Teas made of dried herbs contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins and loads of other good stuff that can be turned into a cooling summer drink that is the perfect solution to a hot day. It is a healthy alternative to a sugary soda pop or high fructose juice drink!

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Pineapple Preserves

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves
Directions
Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

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Pineapple, Red Onion Serrano Salsa

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
1½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped small
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 serrano peppers, sliced thin
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste if needed)
Directions
Toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix well. Let stand approximately 1 hour before serving, keep cold.

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Pineapple, Red Onion Serrano Salsa

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
1½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped small
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 serrano pepper, sliced thin
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste if needed)
Directions
Toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix well. Let stand approximately 1 hour before serving, keep cold.

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Raspados de Frutas Tropical (Tropical Fruit Snow Cones)

Makes quite a few snow cones
Most of us don’t have ice scrapers in our kitchen for snow cones so this raspado recipe is modified to utilize the tools we all typically have in our kitchen while still being able to enjoy the authentic taste of a snow cone!
Ingredients
For a mango raspado
2 mangoes, ripe, peeled, deseeded [...]

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Red Pepper Pineapple Salsa

Makes 3 cups of salsa

Serve with chicken or fish of quesadillas.

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Roasted Pineapple, Red Onion, Bell Pepper Chive Salsa

Summertime salsas have come a long way from the tomato, onion and cilantro salsa of our past. Spicy, smooth, sweet, cool, sultry, tangy, and down right sassy; that is how we like our summer salsas.

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Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

Makes about 12 tarts
Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!
Ingredients
1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1⁄3 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon [...]

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Vanilla- “Butter” Cast-Iron Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Makes 1 large cake

Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped clean
1 cup sugar, separated
1 fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
¾ cups cornmeal
¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
¾ cup egg replacers (replacers must equal approximately 3 large eggs)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup coconut milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Melt 4 [...]

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