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Choosing the Best 
 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:16 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:16 am
 
With a can of crushed pineapple to use up, I decided to look for a good side dish.  I ran across three different recipes that looked so similar that I couldn’t decide which one to make, so I decided to make all three.  This is how I did it.
First I scaled down each recipe so that they contained about 7 ounces of pineapple.  This meant that I had to add a little fresh pineapple to each one using my handy-dandy OXO scale.  Then I lined up three bowls and started to add the ingredients to each one.  It helps to number the recipes AND the bowls to keep it straight!
 
 
So finally they were ready to bake.  Thankfully each one called for the same baking temperature!
 
 
Then they were done.
 
 
Here is Recipe #1—Tricia’s Pineapple Cheese Casserole
 
 
Recipe #2 – Pineapple Casserole I
 
 
Recipe #3—Baked Pineapple I
 
 
We had guests over for dinner, and they were more than happy to sample each one.  The winner was Tricia’s Pineapple Cheese Casserole, with Pineapple Casserole I coming in second.  I’ll be looking forward to having some leftovers today to see how they measure up as they sit in the refrigerator overnight! 
I’ll be seeing you soon with another trial from my kitchen!
 
 
Comments
Aug. 26, 2012 10:25 am
Fun! I like doing the taste tests. We were very wise to number the bowls and the recipes. It is so easy to mix them up or inadvertently forget or add an ingredient. How nice to have friends for dinner to help choose.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:29 am
I have done that very thing before, Ba'Nana! I've gotten myself so confused that I just gave up and added everything together on a cookie recipe once. Now I have it figured out!
 
Molly 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:35 am
How fun! I had forgotten about the baked pineapple casserole, have not made that in years. What a neat way to try 3 different ones at once. Thanks for posting, Marianne!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:42 am
Thanks for stopping in, Molly. It's amazing how different three recipes can taste!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:43 am
What a great party idea, Marianne! I'm going to copycat you and make the taste testing a wintery dinner party. Maybe I'll do three entrees and three desserts....humm. Congrats on getting the blog up with little trouble!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:46 am
Thanks, Cathy. Usually I have such a difficult time getting photos and print added together! Maybe it's because I spent an hour on the phone with Verizon this morning at 5:00!
 
ibbz 
Aug. 26, 2012 10:58 am
Fun idea! You did a great job with this blog. 5:00 in the morning would be a little too soon to remember anything for me. I'll try to do this idea soon.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 11:07 am
Thanks, ibbz! Going a whole day without the Internet was too much for me yesterday, so 5:00 was none too soon.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 11:13 am
I love doing taste tests like that...makes cooking more interesting. I bet your guest thought it was amusing,too. Fun blog. Thanks for sharing.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 11:16 am
All three look fantastic and what a great job on the blog-give yourself a pat on the back!
 
KGora 
Aug. 26, 2012 12:12 pm
Great idea and how fun! They all look very tasty.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 12:29 pm
Marie, my friends are getting used to me trying things out on them---even getting used to me excusing myself to go out to take photos before we eat! They do get a chuckle out of it! Truth be known, they probably think I'm nuts!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 12:30 pm
Thanks, Ken. I certainly have a long way to go. Recipe #1 just won out with my granddaughters a little bit ago---the casseroles cold from the fridge.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 12:31 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Kgora! It's always interesting to try things side by side.
 
Paula 
Aug. 26, 2012 12:45 pm
I love pineapple casserole! What a great idea to do 3 and figure out which you like best!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 1:06 pm
Hi Paula! I'd never heard of pineapple casserole before. Actually those recipes had no photo and dated way back about a decade! It's always interesting, isn't it, how recipes get started. I would never have thought of pineapple as the star in a casserole for some reason.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 1:11 pm
I love sampling recipes! Would you consider moving closer :) LOLOL! Thanks for sharing your culinary adventures with pineapple!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 1:20 pm
Cat, it would be fun to live closer to you! Thanks for coming by here!
 
Bibi 
Aug. 26, 2012 3:02 pm
Great job, Marianne! I love to bring back old recipes. It's fun to watch food trends! I remember when pineapple casserole first came out in my circle of friends and family. It was a holiday, Christmas, I think, where a baked ham was the centerpiece. Everyone talked about that casserole!
 
Aug. 26, 2012 3:17 pm
Hi Bibi! Yes, it's funny how recipes circle around! I missed the pineapple one, however. Remember when the chicken casseroles with green chilis first started out? The one with tortillas?
 
Aug. 26, 2012 5:19 pm
Marianne, first of all those pictures are really wonderful,almost like you can reach in and taste it.Never tried pineapple that way but will do so now.Thanks.
 
Aug. 26, 2012 8:01 pm
Sounds like you had a great day, manella! Thanks for the compliment! Thanks for stopping by!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 7:25 am
Great idea! Especially numbering the bowls...I know I would get them mixed up. My parents like pineapple casserole, but I've never really liked it. I'll have to "borrow" your idea, though! : )
 
Aug. 27, 2012 8:10 am
Marianne, what a great idea. Sometimes I struggle over which recipe to make. (cuz there's just so many) LOL! I think I'll try your method of testing more than one. Your photos are beautiful! Makes every dish look yummy!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 1:34 pm
Wisweetp, numbering the bowls is a must for me! I also put the recipes on paper in the same order of ingredients and draw lines from one to the next one so I can visually see the differences. It gets confusing otherwise for me.
 
Aug. 27, 2012 1:35 pm
Hi Candice! It's fun to make your friends taste things along with you because then you get a wider opinion of what is good. Besides, sometimes I ruin my taster by sampling as I cook!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 2:20 pm
OMG - how fun! Great pictures too! I'm going to do this next time I have friends over, will have to find faceless ones though so Baking Nana is ok with it :-)
 
Aug. 27, 2012 2:50 pm
Oh, yes, DelMarGirl! Faceless ones for sure! There are quite a few of those around, though, if you have the time to look! Thanks for stopping by!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 2:50 pm
BTW, it's kind of like going to a wine or beer tasting!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 3:25 pm
Marianne, I could at least share with you FRESH eggs, grapes, apples, and Asian pears this week. Wonder what you could do with those ingredients :)(: I'd certainly be willing to sample your efforts (:
 
Aug. 27, 2012 7:38 pm
Cat, I'm not familiar with Asian pears. I saw Avon's post about them yesterday (I think it was only yesterday). Now SHE is the one who could come up with something wonderful. I love Candice's fresh eggs (we can't have chickens in my neighborhood--they wouldn't like my cement or pool anyway), but I'll call Avon to this post!
 
Aug. 27, 2012 9:57 pm
I don't know why I hear the faint voice of Esmerelda in the back ground summoning Dr. Bombay, but here I am! Yes Marianne, that was yesterday that I posted about my bounty of Asian pears. Cat, on behalf of Marianne, I will accept your challenge and come up with something. Give me a few days as I have a very busy schedule coming up this week. My baby is flying the coop and headed for college, so that means a major road trip for me. If you can hold out til the first of next week, I'll come up with something.
 
Aug. 28, 2012 5:11 am
This will be great to look forward to! Now I still haven't been in a store to look for Asian pears. Gotta get that done!
 
Lela 
Aug. 28, 2012 6:21 am
Marianne-what a great idea to have more than one side dish. I never thought to scale down the ingredients and make different dishes. Thanks for the great photos and a good way to make a variety of dishes!
 
Aug. 28, 2012 6:41 am
It's a fun thing to do, Lela! Keeping the recipes straight is the key!
 
Aug. 29, 2012 10:53 am
Great blog Marianne. I love this idea.
 
Aug. 29, 2012 12:56 pm
Thanks, CUAS! Thanks for coming by!
 
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As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
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