TIME Cover: Donald Trump Has Landed

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Republican Presidential Race 2016

Michael Scherer writes: There are some things you just can’t do in politics, not at the presidential level, anyway.

This is a game like any other, with rules honed over decades by the pros in blue blazers clutching focus-group results: Be likable. Don’t make enemies. Respect the party elders. Avoid funny hats. And never wear white bucks or French cuffs to the Iowa State Fair, a flyover fantasy­land of cholesterol and common decency where the life-size butter cow grazes behind glass with the life-size butter Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly.

That’s why Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wore jeans to pose atop the hay bales this year. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina featured pink plaid—­Farmer Jane meets Disney princess—and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton dug up a blouse of blue gingham, hoisting her pork chop on a stick like a blue ribbon for authenticity. They all played it well, adhering to the sacred promise that if they pretend to be like everyone else, voters might think they actually are.

Then a buzzing came across the sky. A $7 million Sikorsky helicopter, sent over six states in at least four hops by its billionaire owner, descended in tight circles on the crowd, the name of the Republican front runner for the 2016 presidential nomination emblazoned on the tail. Donald John Trump, at roughly 25% in the national GOP polls, about twice his nearest rival, emerged in Des Moines with his golden mane encased in a big ruby baseball cap, his cuffs flashing diamond links and his shoes shining brighter than bleached teeth. Read the rest of this entry »


Smoked #Swineapple Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Project: Test Version, Pre-Cooked

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I attempted my first Swineapple last week, a test that didn’t quite succeed, but didn’t exactly fail, either. It was delicious, and inspired me to try it again this weekend. In my first test, I followed instructions, mostly, but used trimmed seasoned pork chop meat to stuff the core of the pineapple, instead of pork shoulder strips. I knew that would compromise the final dish, but I was too lazy to go to the store, and I had pork chops on hand. Pork shoulder is needed, to achieve the desired tenderness and flavor. Also, the hollowed-out pineapple didn’t allow much room for meat. For my next effort, I’ll cut the pineapple in half, core it, stuff it, then wrap with bacon, secured with toothpicks.

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As you can see in this photo below–popular on Twitter a couple weeks ago, and which drove the bacon-loving Twittersphere nuts–you’ll see that the pineapple probably wasn’t cooked whole, with a stuffed hollow core, otherwise, there’s no way it could hold that much pork shoulder stuffed inside.

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The pineapple appears to have been cut in half, then wrapped, to allow plenty of room for the meat. Then cooked long and slow, around five hours. Otherwise, it’s an incredibly easy project, only three main ingredients. Bacon, pork shoulder, and pineapple. Seasoning? The recipe I saw didn’t specify ingredients, that’s something the individual griller can choose. If I succeed, and make something that looks like this second photo? I’ll post it, with comments. Wish me luck! Read the rest of this entry »