This week I’m going to share Monica’s super cool and crowd pleasing fruit platter for any season.  I can tell you that when the guests at a recent party saw Monica place her pineapple dish out the conversation immediately turned to how the heck she put the piece together. Monica was kind enough to share the technique for her show stealing fruit platter.




1 pineapple

fresh strawberries

fresh blackberries

fresh raspberries


Step 1: At the base of the  pineapple crown cut straight across the crown (plume of leaves) taking about a half inch of pineapple so the leaves stay together.  Reserve the crown for use as the center of fruit tray

Step 2: Cut pineapple in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Half each half lengthwise to create four equal pineapple sections.

Step 4: Slice down the center on an angle to remove the core (this results in a long triangular piece for each quarter being removed)

Step 5: Use a medium sized knife to knife to fillet cut around the shell and free the fruit in one piece.

Step 6: Put the piece back in the shell and slice lengthwise down each quarter (taking care not to slice the shell) and then slice crosswise to create bite sized pieces of fruit sitting freely on top of the shell.

Step 7: Place the crown on a large platter, and then position the pineapple quarters like spokes.

Step 8:  Fill the voids between quarters with strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

And that’s all there is to stealing the show with your easy but beautiful fruit dish platter.


Foodista recently tweeted a request for tips for new attendees at the 2013 International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle, Washington in September 2013.

Here’s my tip. I will never forget on the final day standing with She Who Must Be Obeyed and staring at all the cool stuff we had received from sponsors and trying to figure out how in the heck we could fit the items in our suitcases for the flight home.

So, here’s my tip to first time attendees of the IFBC who fly in, bring an empty suitcase for all the goodies! Honest, if the 2013 IFBC is anything like the last 2 years you will be scoring cooking utensils, boxes of great grains and rices, cool do-dads, and cook books.  Last year the Pork Board gave away pig shaped wooden chopping blocks that, for those of us not vegan, was really cool! And of course there was the complimentary Ninja cooking system from those fine Ninja folks!

If you take my tip you will be able to enjoy the great presentations, food samples, wine tastings,  dinners, and friendship without the nagging thought of how in the heck will I get all this cool stuff home!

For more information and registration links go to http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2013

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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