Pears are in season, and what better way to celebrate this divine Fall fruit than with cheese? Next time you go to your neighborhood cheese shop, be sure to ask about these sheep, cow, and goat milk cheeses so you can enjoy them atop sweet, crunchy pear slices. Before a meal or after, these sophisticated duos will impress without being showy.
Whenever I have people over for a sit-down holiday dinner, I like to set the tone with a hunger-inducing salad as the first course. For my most recent dinner, I foreshadowed the Fall meal to come with a peppery medley of in-season produce.
This salad, with its salty, spicy, tangy, and sweet components, turned out to be the perfect way to get guests psyched for supper while still leaving plenty of room for the main course.
Toasted on the stove, pepitas, or hulled pumpkin seeds, impart a nutty flavor to the olive oil, which plays a crucial part in the aromatic dressing. Make this your Thanksgiving salad when you keep reading.
If you want to get healthy in the New Year but still follow your resolution to cook on a budget, here's my advice: be sure to begin each day with a wholesome breakfast that starts at home. It's all too easy to fall into the routine of buying smoothies, but they're so uncomplicated and economical to make at home. For a refreshing departure from the iconic blend of berries and bananas, opt for a creamy avocado-pear mixture that's so vividly green in color, you know it's got to be good for you! Indeed, it is: This recipe, which comes courtesy of the new book Power Foods, is chock-full of folic acid, soluble fiber, and monounsaturated fatty acids.
Boost your breakfast when you read on.
Start off your November right by stocking up on some of the season's best, like super-crispy lady apples and a rainbow of delicately fragrant pear varieties. Pomaceous fruits are most gratifying when eaten out of hand, but they also add an element of complexity to Autumn cocktails.
Here, tender anjou pear slices add intrigue to a classic cosmopolitan for an ultrasmooth sip and a mellow yet lingering finish. Serve it to guests at a Fall function, and leave them wondering what makes your cosmo so special. For a recipe that's very right now, keep reading.
Have you seen any signs of Fall at your farmers market yet? I recently had my first taste of this season's apple bounty, and over the weekend, I visited a pear orchard. These Fall fruits are getting me all sorts of excited to cook, especially since they taste good in sweet and savory dishes. And because I'm all about spreading excitement, I have a few healthy pear recipes to pass along to you.
- Baked pears with maple Greek yogurt and granola. This dish is the perfect way to warm up on a cold morning, and since it's full of fiber and protein, you'll power through until the afternoon.
- Edamame and pear crostinis. Make these bite-sized snacks and throw yourself an impromptu party. They may be low in calories, but they're full of flavor and protein.
- Apple pear oatmeal crisp. Combine two of Fall's favorite fruits — apples and pears — and make yourself this sweet treat.
- Cranberry-pear wild rice stuffing. Your new favorite side dish! Pears in a savory rice dish? You bet.
- Rosemary pear sparkler. Because every girl deserves a cocktail, make yourself one of these sparklers and say cheers!
Does baby like or not like? That is the question. This poor fella can't make sense of this pear concoction. Mom seems to think it's worth his while, but his taste buds are tingling, screaming, and wanting nothing to do with it. So he muscles through all the gagging and tries his darndest to enjoy the tang, but sheesh! Lemons and pears cannot be trusted.
If the trendiness of the PataPri Pear Tablecloth ($68) weren't enough to make me swoon, it's also well designed, modern, cheerful, fun, and cuter than buttons. Its pear pattern is hand silkscreened onto light-blue, 100-percent linen, and at 60-x-90-inches, it'll fit most rectangular dining tables. Paired (excuse me) with some Danish modern chairs, it would be a show stopper, which will surely lift your spirits during the dreariness of Winter.
We all know that fresh fruits like apples and pears are great sources of fiber. And we all know that fiber is important for our health, but do you know...