While pondering what to write about for this week’s column, I kept seeing a lot of recipes that featured coconut. I know there are more than a few people I’ve met who said they hated coconut, but most folks I know seem to like it. If the coconut haters will forgive me, I would like to share some of my favorite recipes that use the white shreds we see in many desserts. As a kid, it was always a treat when my mom would buy a fresh coconut at the grocery store and we’d have fun poking holes into it and draining off the coconut water. Then it would get cracked and we would enjoy the tender flesh. I did find the rind a bit challenging to remove, though. On to the coconut recipes, but keep in mind that coconut cream is not the same product as coconut milk or water.