Caramelized Pineapple Grilled Cheese with Honeyed Walnuts

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Caramelized Pineapple Grilled Cheese with Honeyed WalnutsWhat’s up with the pineapples on houses everywhere?, either Mike asked me or I asked him when we first moved to Virginia.

Because they literally are everywhere…we noticed them carved or engraved on mailboxes, porches, doorways, doorknobs, door knockers, and welcome mats, and that’s before you even get inside. Once inside a traditional Southern house, you may notice a pineapple design integrated right into the house (for example, carved into fireplace mantels), as well as throughout the décor (like in paintings and carpets).

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