Pictured above: the beginning of a delicious fresh pineapple salsa from the great blog Two Peas and their Pod. I love this recipe! I could happily eat a bowl of it, with chips. However, I put it over some fresh ahi that Mr. L. grilled (see below).
However, I have a cautionary tale about making this salsa. For the first time ever, I had a reaction to the jalapeno pepper. A couple of hours after I made it, I noticed that my hands were burning. I thought that was odd, and washed them again. And again. I had just done the dishes, and wondered if maybe the residue from the pepper got in some cuts, or something. I dried my burning paws and (painfully) typed the query into google. For Pete's sake! I could not believe what a commonplace occurrence this is. I have chopped jalapeno peppers for years and never once did they bother me. This time, one little pepper, and OW!
First, I tried some lotion. Big mistake - that just seemed to insulate the heat. I washed that off and next tried milk. That felt great. The post I was reading suggested that one should let the milk dry on your hands. I tried that, but sticky, milk-y hands are completely impractical. Besides, the burning started back up when the milk dried. Another suggestion was Benedryl. I was reluctant to try that, because at that point I'd had a glass and a half of wine, and figured the combination was probably a bad idea. Back to the internet, and this time I tried rubbing alcohol. Ahhhhhh. It did not completely alleviate the burning sensation, but it definitely helped.
The best thing to do? Wear food-handler gloves. I EVEN HAD THEM IN MY CUPBOARD. It's a good thing that dinner was absolutely delicious.