Sunday, September 25, 2011

Not my mother's pears

There is no doubt that my mother cultivated my love for food. When I was growing up, cooking from scratch in our home was just the way meals were prepared. My mother abhorred the idea of fast food, spaghetti Os, and instant mashed potatoes.
However, other than summertime when fruit was over flowing in our house, we regrettably did partake in canned pears. Yuk! I have no idea what canned fruit serves as a purpose.
Thankfully fall is the time of year when fresh pears are here. I love the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe. It combines just a few superior ingredients for an amazing end result.
So if you grew up as I did, this is your lesson for taking advantage of fruit. While pears are amazing to just pick up and eat, there is a whole world out there of what to do with fresh fruit. Enjoy, and never pick up a can of fruit again!

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 Bosc pears, halved lengthwise and cored
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 pound fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup honey
Freshly ground black pepper

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.Put butter in a 9x13 baking dish and melt in oven for 2 minutes.
3.Arrange pears cut side down, single layered. Roast for 30 minutes.
4.Pour vinegar over pears and roast for 7 minutes more.
5.Transfer pears to serving dish, cut side up. Spoon juices over pears from baking dish. Arrange cheese on and around pears.
6.Drizzle pears and cheese with honey. Grind fresh black pepper over the top of pears and cheese.
7.Note: I used crumbled goat cheese. If using pieces of goat cheese, arrange over the pears. You may cut 8 pieces prior to assembly

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday dinner... sandwich??

This Sunday dinner was inspired by The Sandwich King. I typically never think sandwiches qualify as dinner. Maybe lunch. This worked by marinating an economical cut of meat. Whisk up the marinade with quailty ingredients like farmers market honey, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce, it's off to a good start. I marinaded this beef for about 3 hours. Do more if you are more keen to thinking ahead than I was today. The turn out was tender slices of beef on a grilled ciabatta. Sunday dinner sandwich that you won't be able to turn down.

1/8 cup honey
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1/8 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
sea salt
black pepper

1 1/2 pounds boneless beef tip - may use any cut that you favor. I bought this because it was on sale.The beef I bought was already sliced thin.
4 Ciabatta rolls
8 ounces of feta cheese

Combine all ingredients for marinade and pour over beef in a deep bowl. Refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight.
Remove beef from bowl and pour out marinade.
Place steak on the hot grill. If you are using a gas grill, cover the grill. Grill for 4-6 minutes on each side.
Remove from grill and transfer to a platter. Thinly slice beef.
Take ciabatta rolls and slice in half.
Layer beef slices on ciabatta roll and top with feta cheese.
Broil for 4 to 5 minutes.
You may add condiments of your choice to the sandwich.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blown away!

Over the past year, not too many things have blown me backward. The past year has been a journey to find a new path, or perhaps start anew on an old route. I have followed my biggest interest, food, by starting a blog. Of course, finding food52 has been nothing short of inspiring. Many home cooks giving advice, support and dreams. The challenges given by food52 have stretched my own culinary efforts. But I never thought I stood out in any way.
Following your heart is easy to do when your heart loves something so, as I do food. Job interviews that turn into no's, uncertainty about what tomorrow brings, can turn around so quickly with a bit of good fortune.
To my amazement, food 52 featured me yesterday. I will take this as a bit of good fortune!

Thanks for making my day food52!!