Unexpected Harmony

According to the latest Pew Research Center Poll, the majority of Americans want President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to work together.

Even among this majority there is a sharp partisan divide. According to the poll, Republicans who agree with the Tea Party believe 3-to-1 that they need to stand up to the president.

But, in lieu of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m feeling the need for some unity.

So here is a recipe that combines two ingredients that would seem a very unlikely match…yet can meld together in perfect harmony under the right conditions: Pineapple and….wait for it…Cheddar Cheese.

It’s a recipe courtesy of my abuelita. She makes it for me at every family function and church potluck. It is divine. Trust me. Divine. Sweet and Salty: my favorite flavor combination. To top it all off, it’s quick and requires only 6 ingredients.

Abuelita's Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

20 oz can pineapple chunks (in juice)

1/2 c. sugar

3 tbsp flour

half a stick margarine, melted

1 c. Ritz crackers, crushed

1 c. Cheddar cheese, grated

Drain and save 3 tbsp pineapple juice. Mix juice, flour, and sugar. Add pineapple and mix to coat, put in a small baking dish. Spread grated cheese on top. Combine crackers and margarine, spread over cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Then Dig in!



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