Fresh Grilled Pineapple & Strawberries with Maple Syrup * Food & Drink

My mom loves grilled pineapple. I love the way the grill brings out the sweetness of the fruit and caramelizes the fruit sugars while still keeping a little bit of the tanginess. Serving grilled fruit kabobs for dessert while dining Al fresco is perfect. Drizzle some real pure Vermont maple syrup over the top and it's heaven. Great for a light dessert. For a warm summer evening another way to serve the fresh grilled pineapple and strawberries is to serve it over a vanilla bean ice cream then drizzle the maple syrup over the top for a fresh grilled fruit ice cream sundae. YUM

I use Butternut Mountain Farm pure Vermont Maple Syrup because my sister's sugar bush in northern Vermont contributes to their maple syrups. I know many of the maple producers in the area that contribute Butternut Mountain Farm and have visited Butternut Mountain in Johnson, VT. I know I am getting the best quality maple syrup from them. Their syrup comes from some of the most pristine mountains filled with wild beautiful sugar maple trees. I've walked the mountains. My kids have helped tap the trees where this syrup comes from and have helped stoke the fire on a chilly March evening in the wood fired evaporator. 

How to Grill Pineapple and Strawberries
  • 1 fresh ripe pineapple
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries
  • 1 pint of real Vermont maple syrup- I use Butternut Mountain Farms grade A dark robust
Cut pineapple into large bite size chunks. Remove stems from strawberries. Alternate strawberries and pineapple on skewers. This gives a nice contrast for presentation. 

Allow fruit to grill for about 5 minutes on each side on a medium high heat. You want the outside to caramelize a bit without over cooking inside too much.

Place on serving tray and drizzle with maple syrup (note not the pancake syrup that is make of corn syrup get the real stuff).
For a grilled pineapple and strawberry sundae serve warm fruit over vanilla ice cream then drizzle with real vermont maple syrup.

Thanks to Butternut Mountain Farm for the amazing delicious real Vermont Maple Syrup.

Nuts & Berries Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe * Food & Drink

This recipe for chocolate chip cookies is the best recipe I have ever used. The outside of the cookies have a light crisp and the inside are soft and melt in your mouth. My recipe is based on my grandma Bohman's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. Her recipe as know for miles. She made it for most gatherings and church socials. She made her cookies big which everyone loved. She once told me a story about how she brought her soft chocolate chip cookies to a church social. One of her neighbors who was an accomplished baker herself asked her how she got them so big. She had a good laugh at her friends ditsy moment.
For my version of her chocolate chip cookie recipe I replaced the shortening with butter which adds flavor. I added a nice blend of dried super fruit berries which are amazing in contrast to the semi-sweet chocolate.

Nuts & Berries Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup of sweet cream butter
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of mixed dried berries including goji berries, blueberries, cranberries and raisins
  • 3 cups of unbleached flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add dried berries to a bowl of very hot water to plump and set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and eggs, then mix in baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Add 1 cup of flour and top with nuts, berries and chocolate chips then mix in to dough. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour into the dough.
Scoop a 2 inch ball of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe for Carne Asada Fries * Food & Drink

Carne Asada Fries are a twist on nachos. Rather than chips as the base of the meal fries are the base. There are many recipes for Carne Asada Fries or nacho fries as we sometimes call them. We made ours with fresh homemade french fries, avocado slices and homemade pico de gallo. Carne Asada Fries is my new Mexican food craving. These fries include cheese and potatoes for the ultimate comfort food. They are also perfect for your Cinco de Mayo parties.

Carne Asada Fries 
  • 1 pound beef steaks
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of sweet cream butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper powder
  • 4 large potatoes- I like to use white or yukon gold 
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 2 avocados
  • pint of fresh pico de gallo salsa
  • pickled jalapenos
  • sour cream to top

The Meat
Cut meat into bite size slices. Melt butter in a frying pan. Add minced garlic. Season meat with salt and chili pepper. Saute meat until cooked. Set aside to rest.

The Fries
Wash and cut potatoes into long strips. Rinse raw potatoes strips. This rises off the extra starch and makes a more crisp fry. In a deep fryer heat oil to 375 degrees. Cook until gold brown. Salt to taste. Top with cheese when hot. Set aside to allow cheese to melt.

Slice avocados. Top the cheese covered fries to with meat, avocado slices, pico de gallo salsa, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream. 

Carne Asada Fries go great with a margarita. Enjoy!