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♦♦♦  What a tasty, colorful, and refreshing brunch dish. Dining room or patio. Thanks go to Sunny Anderson for this pineapple dish – where the pineapple is the dish – filled to the brim with seasoned rice mixed with the reserved fruit, and then bbq-d shrimp. You want to go deep when hollowing out because this is quite the good load. Sunny says these Shrimp and Rice Pineapple Boats are easy and, yes they are. Thinking some crusty bread and some crisp green raw veggies would be great plate mates.  Food Network

Sunny’s show on Food Network

5 Ways to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe, from AllRecipes

Other Pineapple Boat recipes on Google

♦♦♦  Make it easy, take it easy. As sundown arrives, the coffeemaker can take a break and make counter space for the Bartesian. The what? Well that becomes clearer when we look at its full name, the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine for the Home Bar. Just insert, select, press and voila, here comes a “craft cocktail.” If you add a carousel you can store the cocktail pods much like Keurig. You’ll see other versions too on the same page.  Amazon

Bartesian capsules & carousels

♦♦♦  Wait! Before you dispense that Bartesian-made cocktail, how about gussying up the glass. And for some new ways to do exactly that look no further than Ritzy Rims, all about salty preps that are spicy, flavorful and some, ummm, pretty unusual. You can perhaps emulate the mixes but for the full experience, probably want to go with the real things from your market or or links in the story or from Amazon {or similar}.

As a heads up, chapulÍn is grasshopper powder, Red Clay is a brand not an ingredient, for black lime see youtube video, and the Hatch one interestingly uses unrefined salt. As a bonus, the article notes, these salts can also snuggy up to roasted vegetables, fish and salads {and I’d think probably etc}.  Food & Wine

Chapulin salt with chili    Red Clay Spicy Margarita Salt    Burlap & Barrel Black Lime

Desert Provisions Hatch Green Chili Salt   Youtube, how black lime is made

♦♦♦   Make it easy, take it easy, again. Serving up such tasty/fun/elegant dishes as Bacon-Green Chile Dutch Baby, Mixed Vegetable Shakshuka, Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche, Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls, Salsa Roasted Potatoes, doesn’t have to take a toll on party day. Nope. They join others in these crowd-feeding “21 Sheet Pan Brunch Dishes.” You’ll also find preps for pancakes, pizza, filled biscuits, and other goodies.  MyRecipes

Sheet pan cookbooks, 4 stars and up

How to clean a sheet pan

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Nigella Lawson’s easy sheet pan chicken dinner, for May 18-24, 2018

  CatChat – Misty’s preview for this week  

Lawson’s chicken recipe    Cheese fest! {can I go???}    Kitchen appliance cleaning clues    Food storage help {I’ll store that for you!}    America the Great Cookbook with over 100 top food pros {any tuna recipes?}  ♦  Sheet pan cookbook links    Sheet pan tip    No Kid Hungry {this is a great cause}    In Barbara’s week: good food mag, loving cumin, unexpected key ingredient for easy minestrone



Newsy, schmoozy stuff for cooks 

  Love cheese? Going to be in the midwest June 1-3? Go wild at the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival in Little Chute, n/e of Appleton, s/w of Green Bay. Looks like quite a charming little town – the link takes you to a civic site, but lots of cool pix.  Fest   Town

  Could you use some clues on cleaning your various kitchen appliances? “Reader’s Digest” has helpful suggestions. Clean Kitchen

  Like to have longer shelf life, less waste in your fridge, cabinets, and pantry? “Reader’s Digest” checks in on that too.  Save your food

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Tap into the favorite recipes of 100 food pros

America The Great Cookbook: The food we make for the people we love from 100 of our finest chefs and food heroesThis is a quite a find. “America the Great Cookbook/the food we make for the people we love from 100 of our finest chefs and food heros.”

The recipes come “from our top chefs, artisan producers, and fascinating food heroes.” And since they’re from all across the country, we’re also treated to any number of regional specialties.

And this warms the heart. The cookbook also supports “Share Our Strength’s incredible No Kid Hungry initiative {that} connect kids with at least 200,000 meals.”

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 Featured Recipe

All in favor of easy dinners . . .  

Even though sheet pan cooking has been around for a while, it’s suddenly become one of the newest darlings of chefs, food writers and culinary publications. And why not – it’s often an easy way to cook for a crowd or cook the whole family meal at once.

Among those with a recipe for this kind of cookery is Nigella Lawson, English cookbook author and broadcast personality.  Her well seasoned “Chicken and Pea Traybake” linked here is featured on the Food 52 site.

In a piece from NBC Today on celeb chef tips for taking the stress out of dinner, Curtis Stones says “With sheet pan dinners, you can place all your items on one sheet pan and bake, broil, roast or steam them together . . . One pan means less clean up, which is the real bear and deterrent for weeknight cooking.” {Watch “Tidbits” next week for the “rest of the story”}

And Ree Drummond’s recipes in her new “Come and Get It” cookbook, featured in the May 4 CooksSalon chat, include a prep for Teriyaki Salmon and Kale Sheet Pan Supper.

Recipe    Lawson’s books on Amazon    Sheet pan cookbooks on Amazon



Do your sheet pans tend to go cattywampus in the oven, heralded by a “crack” sound. Really good heavy duty pans probably won’t do this, but the lighter ones likely will. Is this too simplistic a solution. If you do have another pan the same size, nest the pan with the food inside the other one. This so far has always worked for me.

A Peek at My Week

  I just started receiving a new {to me} magazine called “Cuisine at Home,” and this is a keeper. Actually they had me early on when on page 8 they shared this tip about making pie crust: If like the contributor you don’t have a pastry blender and don’t have much luck cutting in the ingredients with two knives, do what she did. Use a whisk. I haven’t tried this yet, but assuredly will, and she says with up and down and side to side motions it made the task “easy as pie.”  On Amazon

  Cumin! Have always loved its flavor, but recently I was inspired to use it more liberally thanks to a successful ropa vieja recipe from Eva Longorio that went all in {will share soon}. So now I intend to up the quantity of cumin in chili, but have meanwhile added it to bean soup and also egg salad. All good!

  I’ve made lasagna many times but recently crafted a new recipe with great promise, needs I think just one more tweak. But here’s what I want to share: after I portioned it into various containers for the freezer had “scraps” left over. So, dissolved two teaspoons of beef bouillon in two cups of water over lo-med heat, tossed in a can of drained kidney beans and a can of petite diced tomatoes, and then the diced up lasagna leftovers which contributed their various seasonings from the meat, sauce and ricotta. Poof! Impromptu minestrone.

  Posted  “have your name appear in an upcoming novel” on Nice Life Books – Thursdays

  Kept “Just Married” tee {& more} on DoggieShirtz – Thursdays

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