Grilled Sriracha Candied Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

These past few weeks we’ve been a major fresh pineapple kick. Now living where we live I have zero clue when pineapple ‘season’ is at its peak considering we are more known for apples, vegetables and butt-cold Pittsburgh mornings with snow in the middle of April. Oops, sorry my irritation towards Mother Nature got the best of me. But seriously 13 degrees with snow in the middle of April?  C’mon on now lady – get your act together!  I mean it’s bad enough the Easter Bunny and Santa are having a cage match on my front lawn over who’s turn is next to bring me presents!  LOL

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Anyway as I was saying I was literally buying 1-2 fresh pineapples a week. Normally I’d just cut the top off and sides, remove the core and chunk it up.  Then we’d fight over it.  It got to the point that I made “His” and “Hers” bowls of them (with masking tape on the outside) because he would eat almost the entire bowl in 2 days.  Somehow my ‘Hers’ bowl was getting depleted a lot faster than ‘His’ bowl.  When I questioned my sexy fantabulous husband his response was, through batted eyes “Baby what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine…”

*shakes her head*  LOL  Gotta love that man!

Eventually we both got tired of eating it plain; I mean after 2 weeks of straight pineapple you want it with something else. So I got to adding it on pizzas (it’s AMAZING on a white pizza with caramelized onions, roasted asparagus and shaved ham!!!), cutting it up into a chutney for chicken with some jalapenos, cilantro and shallots to just adding it to coconut cupcakes.
(hashtag) baconislove… just sayin’

Chocolate Chip Easter Basket Cookies

Besides getting a basket full of gum as a kid (I was never a big candy person), dying Easter eggs was one of my favorite things.  Seeing all those pretty colors, getting multi-colored finger tips and spending time with my siblings and Mom doing them was the best.  Now even though it’s just Mr. Fantabulous and I, I still dye eggs just because you have to for Easter.  It’s like a law or something.  Well this year I wanted to start a new family tradition since a new generation of Foodies are being raised out there.   You have no idea how much it thrills me when I hear from parents telling me how much their kids love me, my site and the recipes.  That they love being in the kitchen; learning to appreciate food. That to me is priceless.  I see it as a WIN-WIN.  One, we’re raising a new generation of future cooks and bakers and two, you’re creating memories and traditions with loved ones.

When I shared my Itsy Bitsy Spider cookies with you all, it literally blew up over night on the Internet.  It trended on Twitter for weeks, was one of the highest pinned recipes, shared millions of times.  Folks went nuts over this which makes my day.  Well with Easter approaching I wanted to come up with something like that.  I originally thought about painting Easter Eggs on cookies so when I made them they turned out really cool but they were pretty time consuming to make and a little more meticulous than the spider ones. So I had to think of what else symbolized Easter then it dawned on me.. Easter Baskets!!!

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These are the cutest things EVER!

Chunky Portabella Veggie Burgers

Last week I was at Sam’s club, like every Saturday morning picking up my weekly supplies perusing through the fresh produce section.  I was pushing my buggy (yes ‘buggy’ – that’s what us Yinzers call a shopping cart) through the aisles, taking my time looking at everything when I spotted the most incredible Portabella mushroom caps.  Each cap was literally the size of a dinner plate!  I have never seen them that big; I mean EVER! And for like $3.50 I was all over that!  So I brought them home but then kinda sorta forgot about them for a few days.  I got side tracked with other things to make that when I “re-found” them I was tickled pink!  Since my tummy was on the fritz and hating most meats (it does it every once in a blue moon) I figured it was perfect timing to use these face-sized mushrooms.

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Since it’s Lent now I try to come up with truly meatless dishes as even though most people eat seafood on Friday there are tons that hate seafood.  I took out the gorgeous portabellas (I wish I had taken pictures of them because they were MASSIVE!!!) and cleaned out the gills. Now you don’t have to remove them as they are edible. Most chef’s remove them as they will discolor your sauce and make it muddy.  For this dish, it’s totally your call.  I just do it out of habit.  Once I chopped them up I could have easily stopped there with the veggies and just added the binding ingredients and seasoning but I wanted protein and a more well-rounded flavor profile.  That being the case I opened up the fridge to see what other veggies I could add.  Garlic is a must and onion as the onion adds moisture. I spied some fresh broccoli and thought that would brighten up the dish not only visually but in flavor profile.  However what I didn’t have was protein. Sure the eggs were a great source of protein but I want more.  I opted to add black beans not only for color, protein and flavor but also texture.  They, unlike cooked broccoli, mushrooms and onions stay semi-firm.

Carnivores and Vegetarians are going to go crazy over how awesome these are!

All-Clad Factory Sale June 6th and 7th 2014

*Clears her throat to sing*

“Happy Birthday to me… Happy Birthday to  me.. Happy Birthday dear Lori…Happy Birthday to me!!!”  Okay it’s not really my birthday but it kinda is.  See twice a year All-Clad has what’s called their ‘Factory Sale’. This is all their stuff that they either have too much of, has been discontinued or deemed irregular. They come fully back with All-Clad’s warranty. Now the whole ‘irregular’ may cause concern but trust me, there is NO CONCERN! There may be a blemish – small scratch, logo off center, something that causes it for the big department stores to not want to sell it. In no way shape or form does it lack in quality or performance.

Each year this sale occurs in December and May/June.  To me I tell everyone All-Clad has this sale at Christmas for me (and only me) to help Santa with getting me presents (hint to Mr.Fantabulous).  And the May/June sale All-Clad has the sale again to help celebrate my birthday (May 21st). They do this for all of you wonderful folks to help in buying ME presents.  See… they are just so truly thoughtful!  What?   No?  They don’t do it because of me?  Shhh… you believe what YOU want and *I’ll* believe what *I* want! haha

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By now from on hereherehere, here, here and here, plus Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest you all know I have a deep love for All-Clad. More importantly I have respect for them and their superior product.

When: Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Time: Friday is from 9am-7pm | Saturday is from 9am – 4pm
Where: Washington County Fair and Expo Center | 2151 North Main Street | Washington, PA 15301 | Phone: 724-225-7718
Directions: http://www.washingtonfair.org/washingtonfair_008.htm if you’re close to Pittsburgh
Things to know:

ο They accept cash and credit card (at least they did the last 15 times I’ve gone).
ο Bring a friend and a bag to carry all of your stuff!
ο There is no better day to go though if there is something you really want, it’s best to go on Friday morning as items sell out fast.
ο The past few times people started lining up pretty early (like 6am) but I go later in the afternoon and there is always a boat load of product left.
ο What is so awesome about this sale is that through out the entire 2-day sale, the wonderful folks of All-Clad keep replenishing the products.
ο If you buy more than your vehicle can fit (trust me, you will buy and buy and buy!) in the past they have offered UPS shipping.
ο The sale is in-person only; no online ordering. Take the trip and visit – Pittsburgh is GORGEOUS this time of year and it truly is a site to see!
ο The All-Clad employees that work at this event are SUPER nice and extremely helpful!
ο They have recently had a few shopping carts for people to use.  If they are being used they do provide heavy boxes that you can either pull around or carry.
ο If this is your first time going, be prepared to be amazed!
ο There will easily be 150k-200k people that will flow through this event.
ο If you’re going and they have their 20 qrt stock pot.. leave it, it’s mine! I NEED it! *wink*

What else can I tell you?

→ I do not work for All-Clad nor do in any way represent the company. I am merely someone that truly loves and respects their products from both an engineering  standpoint and cook/chef view.
→ Going by past sales, they have full sets as well as individual pieces, sauce pans, stock pots, non-stick, stainless, crock pots, grill pans, utensils, lids, bake ware, cookware, strainers, griddles and so forth.
→ If you need assistance carrying your items to the car they have amazing folks there that will help you.
→ They have introduced “Flash Sales” on low stock items through out the sale.  Please be courteous and try not to run someone over getting that item.
→ Have fun.  Really, just have fun. There is so much stuff and the people are so nice.  If you’re not sure how to use or clean an item, ask someone.
→ If you see me, say hi and introduce yourself.
→ There are hotels close to this sale (within minimal driving distance) so come in for the weekend!
→ If you have questions ask here or contact All-Clad themselves.

And if they ask how you heard about it, tell them The Kitchen Whisperer sent you.

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