Selecting and Slicing a Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple goldenThe Spoon Mage™ loves her pineapple almost every day. Fresh pineapple is tasty,  nutritious and does wonderful things for her arthritis. This magical property comes from an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain that lives within fresh pineapple. Neither dried nor canned pineapple works as well on my pain, and forget about pineapple in a pill. Go fresh for less pain and great flavor!

A pre-cut pineapple is just fine, but it is twice the price of a whole pineapple. If you have a ripe pineapple and a pineapple corer slicer, and know how to use it – go for it!

If you don’t have fancy equipment, no worries. It is easy to slice up a pineapple with a large sharp knife. With practice, you will be a pro – a pro that saves money!

How to Select a Perfect Pineapple: Read More

Is it a Chile or a Chili?

The Spoon Mage™ Explains the Difference Between Chile and Chili!

Chile Tree WM 500Chiles are peppers that grow on capsicum plants.

Chile flavors range from mild to very hot. Ancho and guajillo are two mild chiles. Chipotle and hot New Mexican are two very spicy chiles. Some chiles, like my favorite the Hatch Chile Pepper, come in both hot and mild! Tasty chiles can be used fresh or dried and ground. Use the Scoville Scale to help you select the right pepper for you. The higher the unit, the hotter the pepper! There are plenty of mild peppers to choose from, just look lower on the scale. Explore the varieties of peppers. They are not just about hot and mild. Each one brings its own special flavor to your mindful palate. Read More

Tony’s Zesty Pinot Grigio

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1 bottle very cold Pinot Grigio
1 bottle very cold Club Soda
1 t very finely grated lemon zest

Spoon Mage™ Notes:

This works with the zest or juice of your favorite citrus. Replace zest with juice if you do not care for the bitter flavor of zest. Just add a splash of lemon juice when you mix the drink. Read More

Light Waldorf Salad

WaldorfSalad Ingredients:

1 cup celery, sliced
2 apples, Fuji, cut into chunks
2 T dried cranberries
1 T parsley, minced
2 T walnut pieces
4 lettuce leaves, such as Boston or Bibb

Dressing Ingredients:

2 T Greek Yogurt, 2%
2 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed
Pinch salt
1/8 t ground white pepper
1/8 t dried ground mustard
1 t honey Read More

Mindfulness and the Horned Melon

Horned Melon

The Horned Melon

We are in the process of shifting the Spoon Mage™ and her thoughts on food, peace, mindfulness with a few great recipes to this site. Until that is complete, please visit Mindful Palate the Dot Com.

For more on the delightful horned melon, read on…..

I simply could not resist picking up this odd looking little fruit… or was it a vegetable?… that sat nestled in amongst a variety of tropical produce at the grocers. The label identified it as a Horned Melon. Read More