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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Tomato Jam recipe |

Late Summer’s Harvest – Homemade Tomato Jam

I really liked the method of this recipe and the versatility in use of tomato jam. Sweet or Savory, it’s your preference which way to go, plus 8 ways with homemade tomato jam!

Pumpkin Pie Spices - Spritz Butter Cookies recipe |

Pumpkin Pie Spices Spritz Butter Cookies – OXO Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Smallish and delicate, these spritz butter cookies with pumpkin pie spices will have you hooked with their enticing, uniform appearance and their buttery light texture.

Dry-Farmed Tomatoes |

Food In Focus: Dry-Farmed Tomatoes

What are Dry-Farmed Tomatoes and why are their flavors so rich and robust?

chocolate zucchini carrot cakes with whipped cinnamon, ginger cream cheese topping recipe |

Mini Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Cakes w/Cream Cheese Cinnamon, Ginger Topping

Your picky eaters will never guess that you’ve cleaverly used some summer zucchini and a carrot for good measure in these mini decadent cakes! Besides its chocolaty and moist goodness, the distraction will be the light and whipped cream cheese cinnamon, ginger topping – and its hint of orange…

Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo-Lime & Cotija Cheese recipe |

Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo-Lime & Cotija Cheese and ZipList Partnership!

Combinations of cheeses, spices and fresh herbs make summer’s beautiful corn harvest a side or snack to be remembered…

Carrot Apple Nut Mini-Muffins recipe |

Carrot Apple Nut Muffins & Mini-Muffins with Yogurt

A wholesome muffin combining both a vegetable and fruit with oat bran, yogurt, nuts – the warmth of cinnamon, and raisins.