Thursday, April 11, 2013

Churro Style Grilled Pineapple!

I hope everybody is having a good week. If you haven't already, check out my special blog post Blog Anniversary and GIVEAWAY. The giveaway ends April 21. I grilled both Saturday and Sunday last weekend, even though we were busy with errands and house projects.
    Saturday for dinner, I grilled some mild Italian brats over medium heat until they were golden brown. We then cut them up and mixed them with sauteed onions and spaghetti sauce. Also, to the sauce we mixed in some cheddar and Parmesan cheese. We tossed it with noodles and had a nice pasta dish.

Yummy Brats!

Pasta dish

  The highlight of the meal was the pineapple I grilled. To prep the pineapple, I cored it and cut it in thick strips. Then, I mixed about 1/4 cup sugar and at least a teaspoon of cinnamon together on a plate. I rolled each piece of pineapple in the cinnamon sugar mixture. I grilled the pineapple over medium heat until the sugar was lightly caramelized. Total time on the grill was about 8-10 minutes turning half way through. It was super good. We dipped some of it in vanilla pudding. Isabella ate 1 and a half, Stacy 2 and I ate the rest. They were that good.

Churro Style Pineapple

      Sunday, we went to the local home show and ran a few errands. I grilled pork chops and grapefruit for dinner. I seasoned the pork with salt, pepper, and Pampered Chef Maple Herb Rub. I grilled them over medium high for about 15-20 minutes turning them half way through. I let them rest for 5 minutes before we ate them with some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. We also had mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. The pork had a great flavor to it. I did the grapefruit like I did a few weeks ago. I cut it in half and ran a knife around it to loosen the segments. Then I sprinkled it with sugar and coconut and grilled over medium for about 20 minutes. The coconut was slightly toasted by this time. It was warm, tangy, with a hint of sweet goodness.

Pork, broccoli, mashed taters and Sweet Baby Ray

Grilled Grapefruit
   As part of the weekends projects, I fixed an issue with our dryer. I also took apart the dryer venting and cleaned all the lint out. Our dryer had been slow drying and I found big clumps of lint partially blocking the vents. We have lived in our house almost 3 years and never cleaned the vents. Our dyer works and dries so much better now. I highly recommend cleaning your dryer vent at least once a year. I will definitely be adding it to my yearly house maintenance tasks.  I hope everybody has a good week and happy grillin'.

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