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Posts tagged “Pear

Lavender Pear Bellini

Lavender Pear Bellini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #festive #winter #cocktail #recipe

. A festive cocktail for the holidays and the New Year! Hello 2017. It’s January. Oh January! It’s always so cold this time of year that it seems all people want to do is stay inside and sleep. But where I grew up, January was also a time to party. We had many a good blizzard party […]


Double Chai Pear Cake

Double Chai Pear Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pear #dessert #cake #recipe

What do you do when you have a bunch of ugly (but delicious) fresh pears to use? Bake a cake! A whole wheat, low sugar pear cake heavily spiced with the flavors of chai–something you could eat for breakfast OR dessert. You see, my friend has a sick pear tree. It saddens me greatly to see […]


Blueberry Poached Pear Salad

Blueberry Poached Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese & a Raspberry Malbec Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gourmet #pear #salad #recipe

with blue cheese, candied walnuts and a raspberry malbec vinaigrette It’s still winter in my little corner of the world and today was a total chiller! Temperatures dropped back down below zero and I didn’t even want to look at the wind chill factor. When temps go down that low when I’m getting to the point when […]


20+ Romantic Valentine’s Day Desserts

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Crepes from Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chocolate #crepes #recipe

Upon request for Valentine’s Day desserts, I’ve created this collection of 20+ recipes from my own collection plus a few from some fabulous foodie friends that I just love. I even included some gluten free, a paleo recipe and some semi-healthy options. Click the title or the image for the recipe. Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolate […]


Cranberry Apple Pear Oat Crumble

Cranberry Apple Pear Oat Crumble ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fruity #baked #oatmeal #recipe

It has been so dang COLD here lately, so I decided I need to make myself something nice and warm and cozy for breakfast. Have I mentioned before that I love eating dessert for breakfast? Well, I do, especially since I found out that eating dessert for breakfast can help you lose weight — and keep […]


Maple Roasted Pear & Bacon Salad

Maple Roasted Pear & Bacon Salad with cranberries, candied walnuts & blue cheese and a maple dijon white wine vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #roasted #pear #bacon #salad #recipe

with dried cranberries, blue cheese, candied walnuts & a maple dijon white wine vinaigrette I have had the idea for this salad wandering about in the back of my brain for quite a while. I kept buying pears and meaning to make it, but then ending up using the pears for something else. This particular pear I chanced on […]


Red Wine Poached Pear Salad

Red Wine Poached Pear Salad with Goat Cheese, Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and a Red Wine Pear Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #elegant #pear #salad #recipe

with goat cheese, cinnamon roasted almond slices and a rosemary red wine pear vinaigrette I can’t recall exactly where I was at when I saw this on the menu … perhaps it was the funky little spot in Minneapolis I stopped at for lunch?I’m not sure, and I’m not sure what crazy strangeness took over […]


Honey Lavender Wine Poached Pears

Honey Lavender White Wine Poached Pears ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #elegant #easy #dessert #recipe

Pears poached in a honey lavender white wine syrup with creamy honey lavender mascarpone cheese and crunchy cinnamon roasted almond slices on top. It’s a perfect blend of all those things that make a dreamy dessert: sweet, soft, elegant, creamy, with a bit of something crunchy for contrast. If I could only have one dessert for the rest […]


Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone

Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #dessert #recipe

Do you ever walk into the grocery store and find yourself smitten with some piece of fruit you see in the entrance? This was one of those times. I walked in … and there were these gorgeous pears … I was intrigued, and then drawn, and then … I just had to have them. I […]


Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Pizza

Pear Blue Cheese & Bacon Pizza with Honey Rosemary Mascarpone ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pizza #recipe

A savory pizza with a hint of sweetness from juicy pears and a light spread of honey rosemary mascarpone Pears with bacon and blue cheese on a pizza … what’s better than that? Especially with honey rosemary mascarpone. If you don’t know mascarpone, I would really love to introduce you to a cream cheese that […]


Lemon Cardamon Pear Crisp

Lemon Cardamom Pear Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

I hope you’re not tired of pear recipes yet, because I still have a couple beauties I want to share with you.  I tried browning the butter for this crisp and I liked the taste of it, but it does change the texture of the topping. If you want your crisp to be more like […]


Prosciutto Pear Bites w Herbs & Blue Cheese

Prosciutto Wrapped Blue Cheese Pear Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #appetizer #recipe

Adapted from Real Simple Continuing on with my pear craze, I had to try making an appetizer with my pretty pears, and I thought tangy blue cheese, salty prosciutto, and bitter arugula would be a wonderful contrast with the sweet, juicy pears. I ate these little bites “raw”, but I think if you roasted them […]


Chocolate Pear Cobbler

Chocolate Pear Cobbler ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

Good chocolate is pure comfort food, and with all the pears that have appeared in my life this fall, I wanted to make something delicious with chocolate and pears. This is Part 2 of the tribute to my coworker who lost her daughter. She would have been two years old in November. We made a […]


Roasted Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese & Bacon

Roasted Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese & Bacon ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pear #recipe

Adapted from Cooking Channel A lucky, lucky girl I am. People give me lovely fresh ingredients from their gardens and trees. Most of it comes from my parents, but these amazing pears, they came from my friends. So I have been reveling in all things pear lately. I’m coming to the end of the pears […]


Caramelized Apple Pear Dutch Baby

Caramelized Apple Pear Dutch Baby ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #recipe

Adapted slightly from Spinach Tiger and Moore or Less Cooking Blog I’ve been fascinated with this poofy oven pancake that is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition for what seems like forever, but I never found the time to make one. Part of it is my kids. We have perfected the pancake and waffle recipes so much […]


Smoky Grilled Turkey, Gouda & Pear Sandwich

Smoky Grilled Turkey, Gouda & Pear Sandwich with Arugula ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sandwich #recipe

Crunchy toasted bread, melty smoked gouda cheese, with smoked turkey, sweet pears and peppery arugula. I had so many plans for those lovely pears I got from my friends and had such fun cooking with them (and just enjoying them straight up, no prep, just pure pear-liciousness). One of the things I thought would be […]


Walnut Whole Wheat Pear Chai Muffins

Walnut Whole Wheat Pear Chai Muffins ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #muffin #recipe

Laced with chai, cinnamon, vanilla and chunks of sweet, juicy pear with the crunch of candied walnuts, these whole wheat muffins are a great way to start your day. Especially when you’re having a tough week. Last week was a hard one for us. My teenagers were both struggling with things and emotions and frustrations […]


Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad

Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad with Lavender Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

with Honey White Wine Lavender Vinaigrette This salad is pleasure food. It feels like purely hedonistic, adult dream-food, yet it’s full of healthy things that are SO good for your body. It is the mixture of tastes and textures that makes this pear salad so amazing: the softness of the pear with the crunchy greens […]


Rosemary Red Wine Poached Pears

Rosemary Red Wine Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone & Candied Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

with Honey Rosemary Mascarpone Filling and Candied Walnuts Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I worked for a company in California. Sometimes I would go out to California for work, and one night I went out for dinner at some funky California restaurant and I spotted a merlot poached pear on the […]


Ginger Apple Pear Crisp Baked Oatmeal

Ginger Apple Pear Crisp Baked Oatmeal ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #baked #oatmeal #recipe

Adapted just slightly from my dear friend Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen Did I tell you about my friend’s pear tree? While we were at the lake last weekend, the kids and I noticed this pear tree that was just LOADED with pears right at the edge of my friend’s yard. We thought oh it […]


Ginger Pear Apple Cobbler

Ginger Pear Apple Cobbler ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cobbler #recipe

We are at my friend’s lake house this morning. My sister brought a bunch of pears that quickly bruised and needed using and I had a bag of apples that I inherited from my neighbor. A cobbler seemed like just the thing. I remembered that I had brought along  some fresh ginger root … I […]


Blues n Beef Salad with Pear & Pomegranate

Blues n Beef Salad with Pear & Pomegranate

And a kickin’ blue cheese yogurt dressing This was a salad-scape I threw together on Friday for lunch. I had some steak from a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich I bought that was way too big for me, so I was looking for things to go with the extra meat I pilfered from the leftover sandwich. Blue […]


Rosemary Pear Crostini with Walnuts & Pomegranate

Rosemary Pear Crostini with Walnuts, Pomegranates & Three Cheeses

and three cheeses: Gouda, Blue, and Cream Cheese I love the word “crostini” … it sounds so fancy. Like you are at a posh dinner party where everyone is wearing tuxedos or dinner gowns with long white gloves, and sipping champagne. It’s sophisticated. I have been working on this crostini for days, playing the name over […]


Pear Salad with Blue Cheese & Sweet Spicy Nuts

Pear Salad with Sweet & Spicy Nuts

This month I am doing a series of connections through food. I signed up for this challenge to blog every day in October about how food helps us connect, but I made no plan how I was going to go about it. I have found so many connections through food that I just trusted this […]

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