Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Chickpeas


With summer winding down and the kids back in school, we only have one thing on our minds: Fall produce and spices! Our butternut squash and pear soup is elevated by crisp oven-baked Moroccan spiced chickpeas. These are added at the last minute and can be omitted for kids or anyone avoiding spicy foods. The hot soup and exotic spices offer warmth and comfort. A perfect dish to get into the Fall spirit. Recipe Development and Photography by: Willams-Raines YIELD: 6 servings INGREDIENTS Roasted Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons [...]

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Chickpeas2018-10-11T02:13:10+00:00

Poached Ice Tea Pears


This poached ice tea pears recipe makes a wonderfully cool dessert for those hot summer days. After all, what’s more refreshing than ice tea? Our elegant dessert is sure to turn some heads at the dinner table. Poaching pears is easy so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. Recipe Development & Photos by: Williams-Raines Yield: 2-4 servings Ingredients 4 1/2 cups water 4 tea bags (English Breakfast or other black tea) 1/4 cup sugar 2 firm pears (i.e. Bartlett pears) 1 tablespoon lemon juice Garnishes (i.e. mint, lemon slices, berries, etc.) Cream or vanilla ice cream Instructions 1. Put [...]

Poached Ice Tea Pears2018-10-11T02:13:21+00:00

Pear Cucumber Gazpacho


Bartlett pears and cucumber come together in our cooling summertime soup. Cucumber and pear gazpacho can be served as an original starter or sipped on its own as a main. Use our kitchen hack to keep your pear slices from browning before you use them for garnish.   Recipe Development & Photos by: Williams-Raines Yield: 6-8 appetizer servings Ingredients 1 medium honeydew melon, diced small 2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced small 1 large Bartlett pear, peeled and diced small 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons shallots, minced 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno [...]

Pear Cucumber Gazpacho2018-10-11T02:14:15+00:00

Pear, fig and feta salad with pecans and a maple-Dijon vinaigrette


Pear season is kicking off, making it the perfect time to enjoy pears for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Our latest recipe ties together pears, fresh figs, feta, toasted pecans and tender greens with a crowd-pleasing maple-Dijon mustard vinaigrette. The saltiness of the feta is wonderful when set against the sweetness of the fruit. This eye-catching salad is as beautiful as it is simple to make. Enjoy it as a main for lunch or serve it as a starter. You can be sure your guests will be impressed. YIELD:  4 portions (or 6 starter-sized portions) Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS [...]

Pear, fig and feta salad with pecans and a maple-Dijon vinaigrette2018-10-11T02:21:00+00:00

Baked Pumpkin Spice Pears


Fall is finally here! Time to run out, buy some pears and pair them with the season’s hottest seasoning: pumpkin spice. We’ve created a recipe that is spicy, warming, delicious and oh-so-simple to make. It comes together in minutes and can be on the table in half an hour. Not only that, it looks fantastic and will impress anyone lucky enough to eat at your table. So, what are you waiting for? Go get those pears! YIELD:  4 servings Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS For pears 2 pears (ripe but firm) 1/8 cup almonds, roughly chopped 1/8 cup pumpkin [...]

Baked Pumpkin Spice Pears2018-10-11T02:22:23+00:00

Crowd-Pleasing Pear Bread


Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Just like this moist pear bread, bursting at the seams with fresh fruit, dates and walnuts. The pears add moisture and acidity to the bread, while the dates deliver sweet caramel notes. And let’s not forget the walnuts… there’d be no crunch without them! This simple recipe yields two hearty loaves that can effortlessly feed a crowd. A slice could easily make its way into a lunch box or onto a plate next to your morning cup of coffee. Our versatile pear bread is sure to become a family favorite. YIELD:  2 loaves Recipe [...]

Crowd-Pleasing Pear Bread2018-10-11T02:22:41+00:00

Pear and Nutella Toast


Are you a fan of Nutella, the ooey-gooey hazelnut spread? We certainly are! In this simple recipe it adds sweetness and a touch of chocolate to fresh pears and toasted walnuts. Breakfast will never be the same again! YIELD:  4 toasts Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS 4 slices of bread, toasted 1/2 cup Nutella spread 1 pear (like d’Anjou or Bartlett), sliced wafer-thin using a mandolin* 1 handful walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped METHOD Spread 2 tablespoons of Nutella on each slice of toasted bread. Layer the slices of pear on top of the Nutella. Make sure you evenly [...]

Pear and Nutella Toast2018-10-11T02:22:51+00:00

Pear Ginger Black Rice Salad


This simple black rice salad offers is hearty enough for the last days of winter, with bright flavors that remind us that spring is just around the corner. YIELD: 4-6 servings Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS Salad 2 medium Bosc or Anjou pears, ripe but firm 2 medium oranges 1 cup uncooked black rice 1 large handful of arugula or baby kale leaves (about 1 cup) or more to taste 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions Sesame seeds for garnish Dressing 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1/4 soy or tamari sauce (preferably low sodium) 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 [...]

Pear Ginger Black Rice Salad2018-10-11T02:29:11+00:00

Chocolate Pear Valentine Tarts


Pear and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Wrap one up for your sweetheart for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day! YIELD: 3-4 large heart shaped tarts (see note) Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup powdered sugar (or 1/4 cup granulated sugar) Pinch of salt 1 1/3 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 large Bosc pear, ripe but firm 1/4 cup hazelnuts (or nut of your choice), toasted 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, plus more for [...]

Chocolate Pear Valentine Tarts2018-10-11T02:29:20+00:00

Bosc and Blue Cheese Radicchio Cups


Pears and blue cheese are a classic combination. Here we keep it light by putting it in a radicchio lettuce cup for an interesting contrast in flavors. Serve these lettuce cups as an appetizer or a side salad to your meal. YIELD: 6-8 lettuce cups Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines INGREDIENTS 1 small head of radicchio 2 medium Bosc pears, firm but ripe, diced (about 3 cups) 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 5 oz. blue cheese, crumbled 1/2 tablespoon honey plus more for garnish 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves plus more for garnish [...]

Bosc and Blue Cheese Radicchio Cups2018-10-11T02:29:26+00:00