This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.
Pearsauce! I have made applesauce for years for my family. I was looking at the bowl of pears that sat on my counter and thought, hmmm, pearsauce! This was my first attempt at making it and my family loves it! I peeled and diced the pears and slowly simmered it on the stove. When I added the spices to it, the whole house smelled yummy! Pearsauce is great on toast or just in a bowl for breakfast. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it, too! Continue reading “Pearsauce”
I have never been impressed with pears. I thought they were mush….like baby food. Well if you have store bought packaged pears, they are! A fresh pear with a dab of yogurt and bountiful baskets granola is a wonderful breakfast, afternoon snack, or quick dinner if you forgot dinner before an activity. I simply peel a pear and slice then devour it!
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Infusing fruit flavors into water is one trick I use it make water just a little more fun. Our bodies need to replenish water that is lost due to perspiration, through regular trips to the bathroom, and even through breathing. Dehydration, even mild, can be the cause for fatigue, dry skin, headaches, The amount of water differs for each person but following the simple, 8-8 rule… Eight glasses of eight ounce fluids is a great idea.
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This is a quick and easy recipe for a cross between a tart and a pie. You have all the flavors of an apple pie with the crisp sweet addition of pears. And to save on the pie crusts, use a crumble topping instead.
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My family loves pears, so when the case of Bartlett pears was available I was sure to get one! I have made crock pot applesauce before and my family was in love with it! It tastes SO much better than regular applesauce that you can buy at the store. I decided to make a batch of pearsauce to can, as well as freezer pie fillings that I can use for pies or cobblers.
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Pizza and a movie…seems so simple right? Where do I start? My refrigerator of course! I have Gala and Granny Smith apples from the last couple lunch box packs, lots of cheese (I think we could open a cheese shop), and a nub of fresh ginger from my last juice pack… Oh, I have a recipe for apple rhubarb chutney and I have rhubarb in the freezer (Spring rhubarb add-on). Sounds like the beginnings of a Fall inspired Pizza, and when I think of Fall I think of my childhood, which was spent in Europe (Father was in the Army). We spent many weekends touring around Europe in our old VW bus, seeing castles, farms, and beautiful English estates; this movie is my Fall “go to”!
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“Use it up- wear it out- make it do or do without”. This old pioneer adage is repeated so often in my house my kids start rolling their eyes before I even get to the “up”. I try to make it apply to school supplies, new clothes, cars, and even food. We don’t buy new until what we have is worn out or totally used up. And even then I really like to find a new purpose for the things we are replacing. In my kitchen leftovers get a new life as a new meal, scraps get boiled down to broth, and over-ripe fruits become delicious pies and crisps. Making a conscious effort to use everything up is very rewarding to my pocket-book, the environment, and my sense of creativity and accomplishment. It really bugs me when I can’t think of some way to re-purpose clothes, containers, and other household items. SO- you can imagine my frustration when I find myself with a whole drawer full of canning lids and rings and no ideas for how to put them to use.
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“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” — Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples
Apples, apples, apples. Truth? I have to seriously be in the mood to just go pick up an apple and eat it. I do like apples, though. It’s just that they end up sitting around on my counter for weeks. Saturday morning I peeled, cored, and sliced the huge variety I had and made Freezer Apple Pie Filling (hint, I just combined ingredients and froze – it worked for me).
Here are the recipes participants have been sharing over on the Facebook page:
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