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Welcome to the New Year Pineapple January 2, 2009

Filed under: Holidays — LotusMama @ 9:54 am
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Hubby bought me a lovely book for Christmas, one that I mentioned a long time ago at this post about domestic porn – no, not that kind, the Martha Stewart, perfect house kind. The post (way back in October 2007) was inspired by a UK article that dissed on Jane Brockett’s book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity. Long story short, that’s the book that hubby purchased for Christmas.

Whew, way off track, sorry. Guess I can’t see the road for all the snow we just received last night. Blizzard Redux.

Ok, so I have the book and I’m enjoying it. Ms. Brockett writes about her inspiration and one small section deals with pineapples. She even quotes one of my all-time favorite songs, which just so happens to speak of pineapples – “It Couldn’t Please Me More” from Cabaret. If you don’t know it, here is a lovely version set to SpongeBob:

(Where else can you find cartoons singing Broadway tunes, huh?)

The whole pineapple fascination just happened to sync with my own longing for pineapples.  In crochet, I love pineapple lace and I hope to make some in 2009. Here’s a look at it:pineapplelaceWe’ve already talked about my pineapple upside down cake mishap on New Year’s Eve. I’ve also been adding a bit of country primitives to my home and the pineapple is a featured symbol of hospitality and home. I’m not sure how a fruit from the tropics took on that role for colonial America, but there you go. Perhaps because offering such a rare fruit to your guests would be the height of sharing.

Fruitily inspired, on New Year’s Day I bought a pineapple. Not in the can, a fresh pineapple, pokey leaves and tough skin and all. And like Fraulein Schneider, I have it on the counter looking at it, a bit timid to actually crack it open and eat it. Today might be the day that I slice into the New Year Pineapple (now to join the ranks of Christmas Tree, Yule Log and Santa Claus for Holiday symbols). Purchased on the first day of 2009, the pineapple will fill my new year with sweetness and sunshine…and possibly gas. But that is a small price to pay for a taste of Hawaii on a bleak cold day in January. Grilled fresh pineapple with a view of snowflakes couldn’t please me more.

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5 Responses to “Welcome to the New Year Pineapple”

  1. rosemary Says:

    leave it to Sponge Bob. My mom liked the pineapple design too….and the popcorn. What a nice gift….books are always special…unlike the snow.

  2. MHP :) Says:

    I looooove fresh pineapple!–yummy! 🙂

  3. forsythia Says:

    Sounds like a book I’d like to get from the library, if they have it.

  4. WendyBee Says:

    “…pineapple is a featured symbol of hospitality and home. I’m not sure how a fruit from the tropics took on that role for colonial America, but there you go. ”
    OO! OO! I know! I know! Pick me! Pick me! I read somewhere (perhaps on a colonial Williamsburg, Va. website?), that when a ship’s captain came from the Caribbean with spices and sugar cane, a pineapple from his voyage was placed on the gate or somewhere outside the home to indicate that he was home and welcoming visitors (and presumably with all kinds of yummy exotic treats being served). I too love the pineapple icon and have linen kitchen towels with a Winterthur pineapple design stamped on them and a wood bread board cut in the shape of a pineapple. I even dream of painting my dining room walls a juicy pineapple gold! Beautiful blog…thank you, gotta go crochet a pineapple lace doily………

  5. Kelly Says:

    If you like pineapple, then you should try:

    Pineapple upside down Biscuits:

    Directions
    1 (10-ounce) can crushed pineapple

    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature

    10 maraschino cherries

    1 (12-ounce) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 count)

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Grease 10 cups of a muffin tin. Strain the can of crushed pineapple, save juice for later. Combine the pineapple, sugar, and butter, and mix well. Divide the pineapple mixture among the muffin cups. Place a cherry in the center of each muffin cup, making sure cherry hits bottom of cup. Place 1 biscuit in each cup on top of sugar and pineapple mixture. Spoon 1 teaspoon reserved pineapple juice over each biscuit. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool for 2 minutes. Invert the pan onto a plate to release the biscuits. Serve warm.


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