This past weekend, I tried two things for the first time. First, I bought a beautiful pineapple at the store. I don’t eat pineapple too often but when I have eaten it in the past, it’s been from a can. I’ve watched enough Food Network, however, to have learned how to cut a pineapple and when I saw them on sale at my local market, I grabbed one. On Saturday I cut it up with only one goal in mind – I was going to grill my pineapple rings! I found a really quick recipe (if I can even call it that), whipped it up and threw the pineapple on the grill. I was so anxious about whether I’d be able to achieve the grill marks I’d seen in so many photos. They didn’t turn out perfectly, but not too bad for a first attempt. The taste, though, that was perfect! The pineapple was so sweet and juicy. “Recipe” is below – if you’ve never tried grilled pineapple you must give it a shot!

The second thing I did this weekend was visit a farmer’s market for the first time! It was so much fun – I’m hooked and know I’ll be checking out different markets around RI all summer! I mostly browsed this week but I did pick up a few things. First, a big bar of fudge for Shane. He loves fudge and I knew he’d enjoy trying the dark chocolate fudge from OceanState Chocolates. I also grabbed some mozzarella from Narragansett Creamery and I have plans to use it soon to make grilled pizza! Yum! I can’t wait until the markets are full of berries and other fruits later this summer.

Grilled Pineapple
from The Cooking Photographer

1 large ripe pineapple
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon honey, warmed
Pinch of salt

Preheat the grill to high.

Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple. Stand the pineapple upright and slice down the sides, cutting off the tough outer skin and inner spikes. Continue all around the pineapple, following the natural contour of the fruit. Turn the pineapple onto its side and cut into slices of your desired thickness. Using a small, round cookie cutter (or a paring knife), stamp out the inner core of each slice and discard.

In a small bowl, mix together butter, honey, & salt. Brush both sides of the pineapple rings with glaze.

Place pineapple wedges on the grill and cook until grill marks form. Turn rings over and repeat.

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