I would like to take a moment before I begin my planned post and say.. Arkansas, I love you.
Last night, as many of you probably know from the news coverage, tornadoes ripped my state apart and so many people are left homeless, carless, devastated, missing loved ones and pets. Parents lost children, children lost parents, so many lives were taken from this earth way too soon. Entire towns were destroyed- Vilonia and Mayflower totally demolished. Our hearts are aching across this beautiful state, and as Arkansans we need to step up and help as much as we can.
Please, if you’re in central Arkansas, and you can help, donate your man time. I know that New Life Church has people volunteering today, and many other churches and organizations will be taking volunteers in the weeks to come. You can also contact the Red Cross, they take donations and volunteers. Many places around town here in Fort Smith are taking up donations of items needed- clothes, toiletries, non perishable food, etc., 5news and 40/29 news have available drop off locations listed on their websites.
I pray for peace and comfort for the beautiful citizens of my great state today, and in the coming weeks of rebuilding their lives. God Bless us all, and please, please, remember to have a plan in place and seek shelter as soon as possible during a tornado warning.
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Sounds delicious, eh? That is because it IS!!
I have probably posted about this delicious treat before…. it IS one of my summer faves, after all. Totally worth a repeat post, I think.
Want to know a secret? I didn’t like pineapple until like, 2 years ago, when I was slicing one up for my sister and decided to try a bite. CRAZY, right?! I’m not, and I haven’t ever been, a huge tropical fruit fan. I mean, yeah, they smell good (usually) but something about texture was always a problem for me. Luckily, as I’m getting older, my tastes are changing, and so are my texture problems. Like pineapple, for instance. Or honeydew, I can finally eat that one, too. I was totally missing out! My favorite summer meal involves pineapple salsa, grilled pineapple, grilled chicken, grilled bell peppers, grilled cornable (corn on the…. I used to say cornable as a kid, and I still do! ha!) cob, and unsweet, ice cold tea. Y’all. I’m like, drooling over here, right now! So fire up the grill, and while its getting hot, whip up this pineapple salsa to serve with cucumber chips, on top of chicken or grilled anything, or just eat it with a spoon.
NOTHING in this recipe is measured out. Sometimes I make it for myself, sometimes for a group of people. Everything is fresh and healthy, so unless you’re counting your carbs for a contest prep or cutting, you should be fine without measuring. Cooking by taste is so much fun, I often don’t measure a dang thing. Until I wish I could remember how I created that one thing….
Core a fresh delicious beautiful pineapple. I stop mid way to drain the juice into a glass. I’ll post what I do with it, after this recipe.
Grab a serrano pepper, and dice it up. Dice, Dice, Baby!
Mince a small handful of fresh cilantro
Dice a red or orange bell pepper
Mix everything in a bowl
Sprinkle generously with pink himalayan sea salt and black pepper
And for a healthy kick and boost of energy, mix your pineapple juice with a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and a shake of cayenne pepper. Sip slowly and enjoy!