Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

hot buttered rum apple pie

Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Raisins

Tipsy Cranberry-Pear Sauce slider

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream cheese. But this year it's all about pears, raisins, and brandy, and my starting place was this wonderful contest winner on Food52 that I've made many, many times. If you make this sauce, and I hope you do, tomorrow I'm posting what ...

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Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Pears and Kale: #SundaySupper

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Whenever I scan food photo porn sites and Pinterest (which is embarrassingly often), I'm bombarded with temptation. Pumpkin cakes with cream cheese frosting, salted caramel sheet cakes, pumpkin toffee cookies, pecan cheesecake pie, and Reese's cake bars, all dressed up like a gang of girls ready to party, taunt me from my computer screen. "C'mon Wimpy, get those fancy plates out and let's have some fun together. You can cheat on your kale tonight. Be good tomorrow!" And it's only going to get ...

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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins.

#SundaySupper post! Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins ... plus tips for making fruit bars. I've tried to make fruit bars a few times, but have never been terribly excited about the results. Well, except that first time, when I made fig bars all dressed up as a fig crostata. I was fresh from Italy and full of crostata ideas from all the pasticcerie I had visited, and they were fantastic. Little did I know that my bar making skills had just peaked. I followed up with some ...

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Butternut Filled Ravioli & Brown Butter Pears

Butternut Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Pears and Balsamic closeup: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Ravioli filled with butternut squash, apples, and ricotta cheese, topped with pears sautéed in browned butter, and drizzled with balsamic reduction.   Our first winter storm is on the way, forecasted to start tonight and drop over a foot of snow by Tuesday morning, and I am SO excited. Each day has gotten progressively cooler, aspens all aflutter with their shimmering golden leaves being blown about by the winds of change. In ...

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Pear-Rosemary Pâte de Fruit Jewels

pear rosemary pate de fruit

Pâte de fruit candy jewels from rosemary infused pear juice. This past weekend, a group of 20+ of us gathered for a potluck at the lovely home of Lynda of TasteFood to celebrate the release of a cookbook featuring a number of us with our winning recipes. We’ve all competed against each other in recipe development contests on Food52 over the last 2 years, and have slowly evolved into a very ...

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Grilled Pear, Fig and Endive Flatbread

grilled pear, fig, and endive flatbread

Hearty appetizer of grilled pears, figs and endive arranged on flatbread and topped with ricotta and blue cheese. At least once a month here, I'll be showcasing a farm or ranch where I've been lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes tour,  along with a recipe I've created to highlight their "product". Thanks to being in the San Francisco Professional Food Society (and on their Board), and volunteering and doing ...

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