Today, I want to celebrate one of my favorite things: Kissing.
I don't think there is anything more sensual, more beautiful or more intimate than kissing.
According to Scientific America, "a kiss locks two humans together in an exchange of scents, tastes, textures, secrets, and emotions." I guess when they put it that way, I'd better pay more attention to how I write about kissing. Especially when I read further along in the same article, "Lips may have evolved first for food and later applied themselves to speech, but in kissing they satisfy different kinds of hunger. In the body, a kiss triggers a cascade of neural messages and chemicals that transmit tactile sensations, sexual excitement, feelings of closeness, motivation, and even euphoria."
Anthropologists suggest that India is the birthplace of the kiss, and that it developed from a practice that involved two people putting their faces close together and sharing one another's breath; this type of "breath kiss" is still practiced Pacific Islanders and is similar to the "Eskimo kisses" practiced by the Inuit.
In some cultures (notably that of ancient China), kissing is so intimate that it only happens in the bedroom. In other cultures, friends kiss each other all the time.
Okay, so maybe not the best example of a "friendly kiss"... but it is kinda sexy ;-)
I'm going to end today with one of my favorite kisses of all time...
...and a recipe that only some of you will understand the significance of... but that's okay, lots of people like pineapple upside down cake!
This particular recipe calls for fresh pineapples...that's because I happen to have one very over ripe fresh pineapple sitting on my kitchen counter. Guess what's happening to it tomorrow? You could just as easily substitute canned/jarred pineapple.
Because I'm lazy, I'm starting with a boxed cake mix. I know. I'm not a very good example of a kitchen witch right now.
1 box of butter/yellow cake mix; other options will do, but the yellow is my fave for this.
Your're going to be making some changes to the recipe, however. Where it calls for 3 eggs, you're going to use 4 egg yokes. Where it calls for water, you're going to use milk--and a couple of teaspoons of fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon's worth of juice). Where the box calls for oil, you're going to use soft butter. Trust me on this, your friends will wonder how you ever got a box mix to taste so good!
You're also going to need a fresh, whole pineapple...or my case, a mostly whole pineapple. I cut into this morning and realized how close it was to being over the hill.
Mix up the cake batter according to directions, except of course for the changes I've given you.
Lightly grease and flour your cake pans. Lay out the pineapple--chunks, rings, whatever works. Slowly and carefully pour the batter over. Bake according to directions. No, I don't put cherries in mine. You do NOT want to know how they make those jarred cherries, trust me.
When the cake comes out of the oven, you'll flip it so the bottom is up, hence the name.
Serve with ice cream...or maybe whipped cream... or maybe a kiss or two...