Archive for July, 2013
21 Wonderful Things to Do with a Pineapple

Let’s celebrate the wondrous pineapple! With hot temps and tropical dreams in our heads, isn’t it time we ditched classic summer eats from the 1950’s (jello salad, anyone?) and starting enjoying the bounty of fresh fruits, right from the isles? Yep! We thought so, too!

With the launch of our improved Good Cook Pineapple Slicer, which makes cutting into a fresh pineapple easier than ever, we’ve pulled together 21 wildly delicious ways to enjoy that pineapple once you’ve sliced it. Grab a fork and dig in, because you’re gonna want to eat everyone of these delicious ideas!

1. Serve it grilled on top of ice cream with a drizzle of caramel syrup for a truly delicious dessert.

2. Make a pie or cupcakes. My favorite recipes are Pineapple Coconut Muffins and Dang Good Pie Recipe. Kassie Buck, ILoveMyCouponFans.com

3. Puree pineapple into your favorite margarita mixer. Add a single slice of jalapeno, and enjoy!

4. Grill it! It brings out all of the natural sugars and is delicious! Dolores Brister, Deals From MsDo

5. Puree pineapple, bananas, and vanilla pudding then freeze for easy Fruity Puddin’ Pops.

6. Pineapple is awesome on teriyaki kabobs! Think chicken, sweet onions, bell peppers and pineapple all marinated in teriyaki and grilled on a hot summer day – yum! Chrystal Johnson, Happy Mothering

7. Toss in your favorite curry recipe for a sweet kiss to your Indian dish!

8. I love to use pineapple with old bananas to make a hummingbird cake. Oh so delicious! Erin Slocum, For Him an My Family

9. Add it to homemade sweet and sour chicken for an authentic Chinese Take-Out dish…made at home!

10. I make pineapple salsa…it’s yummy on everything from pork to fish. Nicole Bangerter, Mom Always find out

11. Swirl fresh chopped pineapple with Pina Colada mixer and ice in your blender for a cool, Pina Colada mocktail!

12. Smoothies, baked Pineapple with toasted Coconut, Fruit Salad, Definitely grilled at this time of year..or any time of year LOL! Shari Lynne, Faith Filled Food For Moms

13. Serve it on top of fish tacos to add a bit of tropical flair to your dinner.

14. Many don’t know how to cut a pineapple properly, so I created a post that breaks the steps down and makes it so simple. Shari Lynne, Pineapple-How to Cut One Up and Pick One Out

15. Combined with cake, coconut, and cherries it makes for an excellent dessert! I have a recipe I can share. Jamie Zewe, Cake Mom

16. I love making Pineapple and Mango salsa. Carla Gonzales, Good Cook Kitchen Mama

17. Thread pineapple, onions, and shrimp onto a Good Cook skewer and get your grill on!

18. I have also seen how you can plant the top and it will actually grow into a pineapple tree.fun! Shari Lynne, Faith Filled Food For Moms

19. Freeze pineapple and toss into smoothies instead of ice for a nice, thick sipper!

20. Hollow out and use for a yummy, cream cheese Pineapple spread. Shari Lynne, Faith Filled Food For Moms

21. Toss pineapple into your favorite Strawberry and Spinach salad for a flavor pairing that is out of this world!

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Get Fresh! The latest Good Cook products to hit the shelves are these adorable produce keepers. Now you can store your leftover produce, keep it fresher than ever, and keep it looking CUTE in your fridge. Cute fridges are things people, we love you. Fresh off taking our Good Cook Produce Keepers for a spin, we asked our Good Cook Kitchen Experts to tell us how they use all their fruit and veggie leftovers. After all, we’re sure you’re not the only one that gets to the bottom of the berry container and wonders, “now what do I do with five blackberries?”

Have no fear! The Good Cook Kitchen Experts lend us their takes on what to do with all those produce remnants. Because, now that you’re storing your stuff in our supercute Produce Keepers, you’re going to have more produce to use, and a lot less waste.

Let’s get cooking!

1. With berry remnants I like to purée them and then freeze to use as ice cubes in punch or water. Tammy Litke, Three Different Directions

2. I put leftover pieces of lime, lemon and oranges into the garbage disposal, it makes it smell fresh and clean Tonya Staab, Create, Celebrate and Explore

3. I like to toss all of my veggie scraps into soups since I always have homemade chicken stock on hand. My chickens don’t mind getting whatever is left either. Chrystal Johnson, Happy Mothering

4. With 9 kids we hardly ever have leftovers, but when we do I’ll throw the veggies in a casserole or soup and whip up a mixed fruit salad. Erin Slocum, For Him and My Family

5. Whenever I have a leftover lemon, I use it to clean the stove (or bathroom)! Sprinkle baking soda on soiled areas, then squeeze lemon juice on top! Let sit for five minutes then wipe up! Dawn Munroe, The Frugal Mom.

6. I love tossing leftover fruits and veggies into smoothies or salads. It’s surprising how many little extras actually taste good in those two dishes! Brooke McLay,CheekyKitchen

How do YOU like to use your leftover produce? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment and let us know your favorite secrets for those remnants you’re storing in your fridge!

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Here at Good Cook, we’ve devoted an entire month to the art of grilling. From all new recipes to a newsletter packs with tips and tricks for the ol’ charcoal, we’re here to make your month more delicious than ever before with tips for the grill, so good it’ll make you squeal!
Whether you’re a first-time griller, or a long-standing grill champ, it never hurts to review the basics to truly good grill techniques. Read on for our best-secrets for tender meat, healthy food, and the very best desserts you can serve straight from your backyard.

1. Keep It Clean. Before and after grilling, always clean your racks. The easiest way to do this is heat your grill to high, then use a metal brush to scrub the racks clean of any leftover food or ashy debris left over from your last grilling session. Once scrubbed, close the grill and let it preheat completely (about 10 minutes) before putting any meat or food on.

2. Marinate. For meat that can’t be beat, remember to thaw and marinate it the night before! For truly succulent steak, coating the meat completely in kosher salt for 10-15 minutes, then rinsing throughly and patting dry before grilling will give you a gorgeous, tender morsel for your meal!

3. Take It Slow. One of the best kept grilling secrets it to turn the grill up high and hot before putting your meat on to cook, then turn it way low once you’ve placed your food on the grill. This allows your meat to get that great “grill lines” look, while still allowing it to cook slow and not overcook, keeping it moist and tender from first bite to last. And, of course, always remember to let your meat sit for 8-10 minutes before serving, to keep the juices from spilling out of the meat and onto your plate!

4. Think Outside the Burger. Good grilling doesn’t just mean meat! The Good Cook Grill Wok makes it easy to cook up veggies and stirfrys, right on top of your grill! No food will fall through the small holes at the bottom of the Grill Wok, but all that gorgeous, smoky flavor can get up!

5. Sweet Endings. Remember desserts love the grill, too! Butter angel food cake, pound cake, or sugar cookies and toss them on your grill for a bit of browning. Peaches, pears, apricots, pineapple, and plums become beautifully caramelized when tossed atop a medium-hot grill. Serve it all with a little ice cream, and you may never want summer to end!

We’d love to hear what you’re hottest tips for great grilling are? Got any family secrets that really make your steak stand out? Got the best burger recipe in town? Brag and share in the comments section below. We can’t wait to hear what makes you get your grill on!

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If you like avocado as much as we do, why not grab one of our super-cute and conveniently easy Good Cook avocado slicers, sit back with a bowl of the green stuff, and read up on 10 things you probably didn’t know about avocado…but should!

1. Wash before you eat. Avocados should be gently washed under lukewarm water before slicing. Lots of shoppers tend to put their fingers all over the food in the produce section! It’s smart to make sure all the germs are washed off!

2. It’s not too late! If you slice an unripened avocado before it’s ready to eat, simply place the avocado back together, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Store in a warm, dry area for a day or two, until the avocado has some time to properly ripen.

3. Time to Eat. Not all avocados turn dark green when they’re ripe and ready to eat. Gently press on the skin of the avocado. If it’s soft enough to squeeze slightly, it’s ready to eat!

4. Add an apple or banana to a brown paper bag with your unripened avocados to speed up their ripening!

5. Fruity Truth. Avocados are actually a fruit. They’re versatile flavor makes them a great match with meats, veggies, and even fruits like peaches, mangoes , and pomegranates.

6. Lemon Bright. Keep sliced avocado from browning with a little sprinkling of lemon juice.

7. Lime Juice works, too! A sprinkling of fresh lime juice on avocado slices or in a bowl of fresh guacamole will keep it bright green longer.

8. Oxygen Free Zone. Store unused avocado by sprinkling it with lemon or lime juice, then covering it firmly with plastic wrap and storing it in an airtight container.

9. Freeze avocadoes by peeling and slicing them, wrapping tightly with plastic wrap, and placing immediately in the freezer for up to a month. Used frozen avocado in sauces and smoothies.

10. The better spreader. Use pureed avocado, or fresh avocado slices on toast with a bit of salt for a healthier spread than butter.

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