How to Cut a Pineapple

If you’ve never tackled a whole pineapple, it can be intimidating. Oh, and choosing the perfect pineapple from a sea of prickly fruit? That’s scary. But fear no more! Here are some easy tips for selecting a pineapple and step-by-step instructions for cutting it up:

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When Love Transcends a Language Barrier

In March of this year, I traveled to the northeastern coast of Brazil with my husband’s family. We didn’t embark on nearly 20 hours of travel (each way) for an off-the-beaten-path, exotic vacation. We went because there were two church communities in Fortaleza, Brazil that loved my late mother-in-law so much that they wanted to honor her life; and they wanted us to be there.

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Truth be told, chicken tortilla soup was not something in my typical rotation. So I did what I usually do: I googled it. I was confronted with the typical (broad!) spectrum of recipes. I realized that most of the recipes were full of summer harvests: sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, corn, and onions. I set out to make it as “from scratch” as possible, which meant roasting my own tomatoes and toasting my own tortilla strips.

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SoCal Luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is situated on a dramatic stretch of California coastline that reminds me of the Italian Riviera. The sprawling property is perched above a wide beach dotted with umbrellas. The landscape is lush, the weather is ideal, and thoughtful details abound.

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Berry Galette with Whole Wheat Pecan Crust

I have a confession to make: I don’t really like pie crust. Perhaps because I’ve had a few too many soggy-bottomed, storebought crusts. I hate wasting food, but luckily there is usually a willing recipient nearby who will take my crust after I’ve scraped out my pie filling. More recently, I’ve learned that I like a good, homemade, all-butter pie crust just fine. Better yet, I love a good tart crust or shortbread crust. And perhaps best of all, I love a crisp, nutty galette crust baked with a crunchy layer of sugar on top.

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A Southern Cheese + Charcuterie Board for Summer

This week, I wrote about cheese, meat, and peanut pairings for the National Peanut Board. You can see the full post here, but I wanted to share one of my favorite combos, this Southern-inspired cheese and charcuterie board. It’s perfect for summer gatherings and is best served with ice cold drinks (a peach daiquiri or frosé for me!).

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A Few Stops in Los Angeles

Over Memorial Day weekend, we had less than 24 hours in LA, but it was enough to find a few places that I loved. From seasonally-inspired small plates in Beverly Hills to an address forever marked in pop culture history, here are a few stops I’d recommend:

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Quito Travel Guide

Quito is often used as a quick stop on the way to the Galápagos Islands, but it’s an underrated destination itself. I read the New York Times’ piece “36 Hours in Quito,” and I was instantly hooked on the idea of traveling to the Ecuadorean capital. There are inexpensive, direct flights from Atlanta, everything is cheap, there is great hiking nearby, and Ecuador produces CHOCOLATE.

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Sparkling Strawberry Cocktails Two Ways

The season of fruity cocktails is here! I got together with my friend Jess (aka Lady Flashback) and whipped up some strawberry-themed cocktails on her adorable sun porch with freshly picked King of Crops berries and Charleston-based Dixie Vodka.

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6 Tips for Making the Most of Strawberry Season

If there’s anything good that’s come from global climate change, it’s strawberry season starting a few weeks early this year in Georgia. The local markets (and my balcony garden!) are full of perfectly ripe and red berries! Sometimes I get a little too excited and buy more than I can eat in a few days, so I’ve learned tactics for not letting the precious berries going to waste. Y’all should know by now how much I hate food waste! It starts with picking good berries and ends with tons of berries in my freezer to eat when they’re out of season. Plus there are some great recipes for in between. You could always put up jars of strawberry jam, but I wanted to include options that don’t require special equipment.

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