Nature’s Edible Art – The Autumn Pear

Nature's Edible Art - The Autumn Pear Cristina A-Moore Photography

“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The curvaceous pear.

Like the apple, there are so many varieties of pears and selecting the right one for snacking, baking, poaching or cooking with is instrumental in the culinary experience you are creating. Besides their varying juicy and sweet flavors, I adore the shapes and variations of colors they come in. Their thick, woody stems are rustic and, to me, symbolize a strength in the fruit.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Dressing, Bacon and Feta Cheese

baked sweet potatoes with dressing, bacon and feta cheese

Why not serve something that’s both delicious and loaded with health benefits? Loaded sweet potatoes…high in fiber, high in antioxidants, low glycemic index and an excellent source of potassium.

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Fall In Love with Grapes – Red & Black Grapes Focaccia with Goat Cheese & Prosciutto

Red and Black Grapes Focaccia with Goat Cheese & Prosciutto recipe

Call this a loaded focaccia!

A thinner crusted focaccia with cornmeal and fragrant rosemary, I’ve bejeweled this rustic bread with both red and black California grapes. The sweetness of the grapes paired with salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese makes this more than just a small plate or mere appetizer. Your palate is going to be wowed by complimentary ingredients like red onions and buttery pine nuts sprinkled throughout this sweet-and-savory dish!

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Fig and Chocolate Oat Bars

Fig and Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

These fig and chocolate oatmeal bars with cinnamon and walnuts (optional) are quick to whip up and easy to transport. The best thing…is that you don’t need fresh figs or have to wait until fig season to enjoy these bars…

Oatmeal Sugar Cookie Cups w/Pumpkin-Spice Kisses

Oatmeal Sugar Cookie Cups w/Pumpkin Spice Kisses

What’s really notable about these cookie cups, besides the obvious Pumpkin Spice Kisses, is the overall texture. The outside has a crispy texture, biting on through the cookie it gently gives way into the candy middle and the rest of the chewy cookie underneath.

2014 PMA Fresh Summit - 12 Products & Produce to Watch for

12 Products & Produce to watch for – PMA’s Fresh Summit

As I shared in a previous post about the Fresh Summit, it was absolutely dizzying the amount of booths, exhibits, product and attendees. This is just a tiny sample of what was on the expo floor and what I was able to capture.

2014 PMA Fresh Summit - Watermelon Carving

This Year at the PMA Fresh Summit with Team Fresh Summit

The Fresh Summit is a yearly event where the produce and floral industry leaders from over 60 countries meet to share ideas, inspire and showcase up and coming trends and products within the industry. It’s almost dizzying how many booths, exhibits, entertainment, produce, food and people are on the floor!

Sweet corn risotto with parmesan, basil and bacon recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Sweet Corn Risotto with Parmesan, Basil and Bacon

As a side or main dish, there’s nothing quite like a meal that includes a serving of creamy rich Risotto with good, seasonal ingredients! The sweetness from the corn with the salty bacon and aromatic and flavorful basil will have you wanting a second serving.

Fig Ice Cream recipe

Fig Ice Cream with Black Mission Fig Compote

If you like ice cream…if you like fresh figs…you have to try this ice cream! Even if you’ve never tasted a fresh fig, but you like ice cream…you have to try this ice cream with its Black Mission Fig Compote!