Pear and Cherry Slump

2019-05-14T16:11:34+00:00

Old-time classic desserts are making a comeback thanks to their simplicity and comfort-food factor. Crumbles, buckles, grunts and slumps are all variations of fruit combined with sugar and a crumble or dumpling topping.  Slumps are particularly fun to make since they require few ingredients and are cooked right on the stove-top. This vintage dessert gets its name from the batter dumplings that “slump” into a layer of simmering fruit.  Our pear and cherry slump combines the contrasting flavors of these two crowd-pleasing fruits. The cherries also add some vivid color! Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines YIELD: 6-8 INGREDIENTS Fruit filling  4 cups diced and [...]

Pear and Cherry Slump2019-05-14T16:11:34+00:00

Savory Pear Ricotta Sheet Tart

2019-05-09T17:17:23+00:00

We love sheet tarts for their show-stopping simplicity. Our savory pear ricotta sheet tart uses store-bought pastry to keep prep time to a minimum and ensure consistent results. In this easy recipe, luscious pears are layered onto a bed of herbed ricotta nestled into a crisp puff pastry base. This sheet tart is perfect for a family gathering, barbecue or potluck. It’s served at room temperature and can be made a little ahead of time. Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines YIELD: 6-8 servings INGREDIENTS 1 store-bought puff pastry (9 1/2 x 9 1/2)  8 oz (about 1 cup) ricotta   1/2 cup arugula, [...]

Savory Pear Ricotta Sheet Tart2019-05-09T17:17:23+00:00

Spring Asian-Inspired Pear Salad

2019-07-11T18:41:37+00:00

Spring has arrived and we’re in the mood for fresh and light salads to start the season. Pears are widely available and bring a crisp freshness to springtime recipes.  Our Asian-inspired pear salad features firm-but-ripe Anjou pears that hold their shape when spiralized. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just chop the ingredients into matchsticks or shave them with a mandolin or vegetable peeler instead. Having said that, you may want to purchase one as spiralizers are inexpensive and lots of fun to use, especially with kids! Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines YIELD: 4 side salads INGREDIENTS For the dressing 2 tablespoons [...]

Spring Asian-Inspired Pear Salad2019-07-11T18:41:37+00:00

Our best brunch recipes with apples, pears and cherries

2019-03-20T19:53:53+00:00

Brunch is one of our favorite meals! It’s one of the only times you can easily mix savory and sweet, and there are no strict rules about what is an isn’t appropriate for eat. Brunch is also the opportunity to get friends and family around a table to eat and enjoy each other’s company without the pressure of hosting a sit-down dinner. Fruits like apples, pears and cherries can take pride of place at the brunch table or buffet. They are versatile, delicious, and healthy crowd-pleasers. What’s not to love? Here is some inspiration for the next brunch you host for [...]

Our best brunch recipes with apples, pears and cherries2019-03-20T19:53:53+00:00

Bosc Pear Dutch Baby

2019-03-20T19:04:30+00:00

Although it’s also known as “German Pancake”, the “Dutch Baby” is an American invention based on a German pastry. The name “Dutch Baby” was coined by Manca’s Café in Seattle in the early 1900s.  Dutch Babies are similar to Yorkshire puddings or popovers and can be savory or sweet. Unlike pancakes, they are always baked in the oven and contain no chemical leavening such as baking powder. This fun and delicious treat is typically eaten for breakfast or brunch in America. Our Bosc Pear Dutch Baby is a wonderful dish to serve at a weekend family breakfast. The sweetness of the pear works particularly well with the [...]

Bosc Pear Dutch Baby2019-03-20T19:04:30+00:00

One bowl meals: comforting everyday recipes

2019-01-24T16:04:50+00:00

The humble bowl is a simple yet ideal vessel for an untold number of dishes. Offering mobility and comfort, a meal in a bowl can just as easily be consumed at the dinner table or curled up on the couch. Steaming bowls of goodness are omnipresent in our childhood memories, reminders of shared moments with family and friends. Bowls today are suddenly the height of fashion, becoming the backdrop for raw concoctions, smoothies, inventive salads and fusion-inspired cuisine. We love bowls every which way, and to celebrate them we are sharing our favorite one bowl meal recipes. Grab your bowl and [...]

One bowl meals: comforting everyday recipes2019-01-24T16:04:50+00:00

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Chickpeas

2018-10-11T02:13:10+00:00

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

2018-10-11T02:13:21+00:00

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

2018-10-11T02:14:15+00:00

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

2019-07-11T19:27:51+00:00

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 vinaigrette2019-07-11T19:27:51+00:00