Chai Poached Pears with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Photos by Lindsey Johnson When it comes to fall fruit, pears always take a backseat to apples in terms of popularity. Whenever I go grocery shopping this time of year, I always pick up some Honeycrisp apples for myself, rarely giving the pears a second…

Photos by Lindsey Johnson When it comes to fall fruit, pears always take a backseat to apples in terms of popularity. Whenever I go grocery shopping this time of year, I always pick up some Honeycrisp apples for myself, rarely giving the pears a second glance. But every time I do end up getting pears, I remember how much I love them and wonder why I don’t buy them more often. Pears are delicious! Usually when I have pears on hand, I eat them with some almond butter or a slice of good cheese, but once in a while, I’ll poach them. Poached pears look fancy and complicated, but you’re really just simmering the pears on the stovetop — easy! Wine is a common poaching liquid, but a simple mixture of water, honey, a split vanilla bean and spices is my favorite method when I’m poaching a pear for myself. Nothing fancy! Another option for poaching your pears is using tea. And chai is my favorite because all the spices are already in the tea. These Chai Poached Pears take a little time to make, but that time is mostly hands-off — letting the pears gently simmer in the chai […]

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Simple fall lunches—this is what I am in desperate need of right now. I’ve gotten bored of just about every single one of my go-to lunchtime options, so when noon rolls around, I find myself standing in front of the pantry, contemplating what I c…

Simple fall lunches—this is what I am in desperate need of right now. I’ve gotten bored of just about every single one of my go-to lunchtime options, so when noon rolls around, I find myself standing in front of the pantry, contemplating what I can do with lentils or jasmine rice. And then I just give up and have a handful of potato chips and some olives. (This is the point where you mentally insert a sad trombone sound.) Even though I blog about cooking, I really don’t like making big elaborate lunches. When I made pasta for myself two weeks ago, that was kind of a huge deal to me. I made pasta—for lunch! So I’ve been seeking out some easy, seasonal lunch ideas and I just happened to find a good one on Panini Happy: Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini. Being lazy about lunches, I didn’t do the granola-crusting (and I know I’m missing out, I’m sure of it!), but the pear and almond butter on a sandwich was delicious! One of my favorite fall snacks is pear slices topped with a little bit of cheese, so I decided that this would make a good sandwich too. […]