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Lychees, Longan, Rambutan!

A beautiful Asian tropical salad with a pineapple “bowl” – canned longan, lychee, rambutan paired with some fresh tropical fruits. Some of my favorite fruit come in cans. I’m not talking about tasteless, mushy pears or the stained red maraschino cherries, but the Asian stuff like lychee, longan and rambutan. These are fruits that I can rarely find fresh in …

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How To Open A Pomegranate

(click on above photo for a slideshow of 7 photos on how to open a pomegranate) Pomegranate is one of the messiest fruits in the world! The ruby red juice stains anything and everything it comes in contact with. Mom used to make all of us wear our rattiest, nastiest shirts when we had pomegranates because after eating, we’d just …

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Stir Fried Beef and Nectarines

Click on image for a photoset of 9 additional images (including one shot taken with my point and shoot camera) I’ve also used peaches the same way – the firmer ones work well. Just cut your peach or your nectarine into thin wedges or thick slices – and add them to your beef stir fry. As in most of my …

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A Nifty Trick: How To Peel and Cut Kiwi Fruit

These little fuzzy kiwi fruits are fussy to peel, because the skin is so incredibly thin, and a perfectly ripe kiwi is delicate to handle. But it’s still one of my favorite tropical fruits, as I love the sweet, tart, juicy fruit with the crunchy little black seeds! Wanna know my trick to peeling kiwi fruit? It’s super simple, the …

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Andrew’s Debut on TV

For the past year, Andrew has been asking me, “Mama, can I do a cooking show with you?” and I’ve kinda resisted, mainly because a 5 year old boy…specifically MY 5 year old boy is quite unpredictable. How do I know that he’s not just going to blurt out my dirty laundry on LIVE TV?…

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Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups with Tropical Fruit Salsa

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I just read an article about a man in India who created a tree that grows 300 varieties of mangoes. Although the original tree is more than 80 years old, this man has grafted different mango saplings onto it. It’s kind of neat and strange at the same time. But, it got me thinking: If I could have one tree …

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Food Column: Coconut Frozen Yogurt with Tropical Fruit

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I haven’t been publishing my weekly print food column online – but since so many have asked, I’ll be posting the column each week as it comes out. This column is published in this week’s issue Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay & Sarasota, Florida. I’ve published this recipe before on the blog, this is a new photo and I’ve got a new story to share with you….