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Monday, October 15, 2018

Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

Spice Islands teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen as their Official Spice Partner in a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019.  During the classes instructors guide participants in amazing ways to cook with spices to enhance meals for the whole family. Cooking classes using Spice Islands will inspire people to turn to spices when creating recipes to make them more interesting and flavorful. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit their website.

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Red Wine Poached Pears Recipes

Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe

1 ½ cups red wine
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup sugar
½ orange, sliced
4 cloves
1 Spice Islands® Cinnamon Stick
1 Spice Islands® Star Anise
2 Bosc pears

Whipped cream

½ cup heavy cream
1 tbps confectioners sugar
1 tsp Spice Islands® Vanilla Extract
Pinch freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon

In a shallow pot, large enough to hold several pears laying flat on the bottom, bring red wine, water, sugar, orange slices and Spice Islands spices to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

While liquid boils, peel pears, but in half and core. Leave stem attached if possible. Place pears into simmering poaching liquid and poach for 30 – 60 minutes (depending on size and ripeness of pear) until tender when pierced with a fork.

While pears poach, make fresh whipped cream. Put heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk briskly until fluffy (do not over whip). Keep whipped cream chilled until pears are ready.

Once pears are poached, move to a cutting board and cut 5 – 6 slices out of each half, keeping the top intact. Fan pear slices out onto a plate. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon.

Monday, October 8, 2018

How to Pick the Perfect Place for a Birthday Dinner

One of the best ways to celebrate a birthday with someone that you love is by taking them to a nice restaurant for them to enjoy a great meal. Not only does going out to eat with your loved one give you an opportunity to spend time together and talk, but it also allows you to try a new food or enjoy another experience of a food that you love. However, if you are thinking of taking someone out to celebrate their birthday, you may be feeling unsure of where to go.

To help you pick the perfect spot to go out and celebrate a loved one's birthday, take the practical approach. First, find out what options are available for you to choose from. How far are you willing to travel to find the perfect birthday meal? Look for restaurants in your area and try to keep an open mind at first. Look for places to eat in Andover MA or other neighborhoods by checking local forums, Facebook pages, and posts on your local next door app. This will help you to know what your options are.

Then, think about what your friend who is celebrating his or her birthday would like most. Is he or she the kind of person who likes a quiet dinner in a private spot or would he or she enjoy a loud and extravagant meal at a popular hotspot? Think about what their favorite cuisine is and whether they would prefer to check out a new spot or would prefer to stick to a familiar place. Also, you should keep in mind the other people that you may be inviting to this meal. Does anyone have serious allergies or dietary restrictions that you should work with?

Finally, keep in mind your own financial limitations and plans. If you invite your friend out for a birthday meal, you should expect to cover their bill, so plan accordingly. Then, go out and enjoy a great meal with them!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Star Ruby Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe

I love citrus fruits and during this time of the year...they're readily available. From October through early March we can find them in the northeast at a decent price. I love all kinds of citrus fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines and more! Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of Limoneria. You can join Limoneira spokesperson Megan Roosevelt as she brings this and other recipes for delicious summertime treats to the Limoneira YouTube channel all month long.

Star Ruby Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe

Star Ruby Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe

1 Limoneira Star Ruby Grapefruit
1 cup pitted cherries
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup ice
1 cup plain yogurt

Directions: Begin by juicing the entire grapefruit. (The good news is, Limoneira citrus is notoriously juicy. Bring on that flavor!) Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on high for about one minute. You'll want to serve your delicious smoothie immediately. Enjoy!