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brown butter pear crepes

September 8, 2014

Would you believe me if I told you this was my first batch of crepes, ever? Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to make crepes but I’ve let things like my impossibly high expectations get in the way. Sometimes it’s best to just throw all ...

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pear & frangipane tartlets

January 20, 2014

Some desserts have the power to evoke memories and transport you to another place. These pear & frangipane tartlets are that type of dessert – one rich bite of brown butter crust and creamy almond filling conjure up visions of a Parisian cafe, no plane ...

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brown butter pear crumble

September 17, 2013

Crisp versus crumble. What’s the difference between the two? I recently came across an interesting King Arthur Flour blog on the subject. Technically, a fruit crisp topping is simply flour, sugar, and butter baked together while a fruit crumble topping adds oats and nuts to ...

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brown butter pear bars

September 6, 2013

As I flung open the patio door this morning to let the sun stream across the leather couch, I jumped quickly back in surprise. The breeze was cold, unexpectedly so. Though I am holding onto summer with tightly clenched hands, refusing to admit that we ...

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oatmeal-pear cookies

January 14, 2013

A wise person once said, “A well-stocked pantry must always have fresh-baked cookies.” I’m inclined to agree with that wisdom – is anything more comforting or joy-inducing than a fresh oatmeal cookie? In this instance I added cookie butter to the batter, along with diced ...

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cranberry-pear cobblers in jars + freund container giveaway

December 20, 2012

Desserts in jars may be my new favorite thing! I love the individual servings (let’s be honest – I’m not the best at sharing, especially when it comes to sweets), and there’s something about scooping warm cobbler out of a mason jar that’s simply fun. ...

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caramelized pear streusel bread

October 4, 2012

I’m beginning to sense the chill in the morning air when I throw open the windows and doors to let the sun in. I hurry to make my morning espresso, wanting to soak in the marvelous warmth. I crave a comforting breakfast, too. A slice ...


persimmon-pear bread

January 18, 2012

Abundance is a great source of inspiration in the kitchen – a profusion of ripe Hachiya persimmons and pears led to the creation of this persimmon-pear bread. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger infuse the loaf with spiciness, and a diced pear adds texture to the ...