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An Unlikely Culinary Column: Falling in Love With Fall

It is officially one year since we have moved to Halfway. We are thrilled to be part of this community and have learned much in this first year. I am falling in love with fall and all of its beauty and gifts. Our neighbors have blessed us with a large basket of pears and here are some of the recipes that I have enjoyed.

One of my old time favorites is Poached Pears in Red Wine. This is the simplest desert I have ever made. It is decadent and when topped with cream your guests will think that you have gone to a great effort. Any kind of red wine works. Leaving the pears, vanilla and wine simmering for hours will fill up your home with a lovely aroma. This is the perfect desert for having company.

As a California girl making Apple Butter has always sounded romantic. I have made it twice before but find myself never eating it. I tried making Pear Butter for the first time this year and realized that I prefer Pear Butter to almost any fruit that I have canned. This recipe is simple and uses honey instead of sugar so there is no guilt when you eat it alone or put it on EVERYTHING!

For those of you who are eating sugar, chocolate and nuts, this is a fun recipe that you will want to share simply to keep from eating the entire batch yourself. I found this a bit messy but definitely delicious. The temperature of the caramel is key, testing it in a glass of ice water is the best way to ensure that you get the perfect texture. Be patient, mine should have been cooked longer but I didn’t hear anyone complaining.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and an abundance of pears, and as always, please let me know what you are cooking.


Poached Pears In Red Wine


•  4 Pears, skinned, halved and the seeds

scooped out  (using a small melon ball

scoop makes it easy)

•  ¾ Bottle of red wine, more if needed

•  ¾ Cup sugar

•  Vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla

•  Heavy cream Read More