Pineapple Chicken Couscous Salad

May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

E: We made this salad totally on a whim. We had some extra pineapple sitting around from an earlier and unpublished recipe, and decided we wanted something with couscous. Joanna loves couscous, but I often find plain couscous is less interesting than even plain pasta. However, warm couscous salads such as this one have no such issues. We loved this! It is one of our favorites and it is a shame it has gone so long unpublished. The mix of flavors here is really excellent: if you are a fan of pineapple you will love it, but I think the pineapple blends so well into the dish as a whole that it is worth a try even if you don’t love it on its own. We used some Mediterranean-inspired parsley and basil to flavor the chicken, which we thought played off nicely with the sweetness of the fruit, but the chicken could be done in a multitude of different ways.

Toss in some peas and, if you are feeling brave, garnish with some sauteéd asparagus and you have yourself a tasty salad, warm or cold.

this was awesome!

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7 Days of the Food Network: Day 2, Robert Irvine

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

J:  Robert Irvine is someone I saw for the first time when he appeared as a challenger on an episode of Iron Chef America.  Although he didn’t win, he was utterly charming (what can I say, I have a weakness for British accents), and when I found this recipe for pineapple and artichoke pasta online I knew that I had to try it.

I am so glad I did.  It was amazing.  This is one of the most fun and delicious pasta dishes I have ever had — I never would have thought to combine pineapples and artichokes, but the saltiness of the latter complements the sweetness of the former in a completely delightful way.  Also, this was the first time I had ever worked with fresh pineapple, and although it was a little intimidating at first, I was pretty triumphant when I’d finally managed to reduce it to chunks.  So: give it a shot!  Nothing about it is really terribly difficult, and the end product is absolutely fantastic.

it's so good that it doesn't even need cheese

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Grilled Pineapple Swordfish + Smoked Paprika Mushroom Sauté

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

E: Hi everyone! If you read through this post, you will discover the delicious results of another experiment in things-I-don’t-make-often. I hope you try it, because I thought it was fantastic and so did everyone else who tasted it.

this really isn't hard, but it looks awesome

Pineapple is one of those things I almost never use. For the longest time I’ve really disliked it, but Iron Chef inspired me to try something just a little bit daring with it. (Spoiler alert:  there will be another recipe that uses pineapple going up on the blog in the coming week or two . . . so if you love this sweet, spiny fruit, stick around!) This whole thing was a bit accidental, because I was going to do something with mangoes. But there weren’t any that were ripe enough to eat when I needed them, so I went with a pineapple instead. So I did a grilled pineapple swordfish with pineapple-ginger purée, and a smoked paprika, mushroom, and onion sauté with brown rice for a side.

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