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Recipe for Poached Pears

POACHED PEARSRecipe for Poached Pears

Desserts are the best, aren’t they? Recipes for desserts are overly abundant because of the variety you can find in a dessert. Chocolatey or fruity, velvety or crunchy, decadent or light, sweet or tart. The possibilities are endless. And complicated. And overwhelming. How about some simple poached pears?

My Story

poached pearsI recently got some Korean Pears for Christmas. These things are huge! And extremely meaty. I didn’t know what I was gong to do with them. I stared and stared at them. They weren’t speaking to me in their natural state. They were being very quiet and illusive.

I started thinking about a tart I made once in a cooking class with poached pears. But a whole tart for just me? That was way too much. I started researching the recipe for poached pears and what can be done with just that simple fruit. It’s amazing how many different recipes there are, but I went with the one I’d tried before.

Desserts Everywhere!

I have always loved desserts. That was the first thing I taught myself how to cook. (FYI, simple desserts are a great way to start learning). If you saw me, you’d be able to tell right away I love sweets. Chocolate is my big weakness. But sometimes I want something a little different.

I really am not into pies (I’m not a big fan of pie crusts), but I like certain types of fruit. Most berries. Plums. Peaches, Applies and pears if I slice them up first.

Crumbles I really like, because that houses the kind of crust I like, the brown sugar and butter crunch type. Is there anything better? Like Julia Child said “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” She really liked butter.

Cookies aren’t really considered a dessert, but they sure do look pretty on a plate.

Ice cream for dessert anyone? Oh my goodness! David Lebovitz is the king of ice cream. He is a professional chef and baker (the best of both worlds). This professional baker wrote a whole book on ice cream, called The Perfect Scoop, and you can buy it here. In addition, he wrote several other books (stories!) about his move to Paris, and all his books contain recipes.

Cakes. Candies. Puddings and custards. Fruits.

I’ve recently discovered fruit as the star of a dessert. Let’s talk about that.

Fruits are Elegant

Everyone thinks of a pie or crumble with fruit. But there is so much more that you can do! A topping for ice cream. Or even better, place the fruit in a bowl and top with a scoop of ice cream. A crepe filling perhaps? They will make a nice addition to a cheese plate. What about cut fruit drizzled with chocolate syrup?

Any diy home goddess should have one simple yet elegant fruit recipe in their repertoire. And poached pears are the perfect ticket. Simple. Elegant. Impressive. Do I dare say any more?

Poached Pear Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweet white winepoached pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • The juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced

Poached pearsInstructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the pears into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, usually number 6 or 7 on the stovetop.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to a simmer (about number 3) and add the pears.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, or until a knife can pierce a pear easily. I usually just leave it in for 30 minutes.poached pears
  6. Pull out of the saucepan and slightly cool.
  7. Serve in a bowl with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Hints

  • You can poach apples or peaches. Any firm, meaty fruit will do.
  • If you don’t have a lemon handy, pull out that cut plastic container of lemon juice. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice equal the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Make sure your pears are totally covered with the liquid. If not, make two different batches.
  • And yes, you can freeze them.

Voila!

poached pearsA simple recipe anyone can make. You don’t need any certificates, culinary education, or lots of practice. A perfect recipe. Poached pears for you, the diy home goddess. And you can print out the recipe here.

SaveSave

Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?

RESTAIN

This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Spice Blends – It’s All About the Flavors!

spice blendsSpice Blends- It’s all about the Flavors!

Why do I need spice blends, you are asking. My dear diy home goddesses! Ethnic cuisines have a specific flair to them. It’s not always based on the foods being made, it’s more to deal with the spices that go with it.

Yeah, people say Greek, and this diy home goddess instantly thinks of lamb and feta cheese. But, it’s also prevalent in Middle Eastern, Aussie, some French and Italian dishes. And it’s an alternative in America to ham at Easter.

A stew can host a lot of ethnic varieties, such as American, Hungarian, French, Spanish, German, Caribbean, Italian… you get the point.

Sometimes, flavor depends on the ingredients used. But the best way to bring ethnic flair to a meal is through spice blends. And it’s easy peasy to do that with staple spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

Many recipes have a list of spice ingredients. But let’s say you are a true diy home goddess, and are just throwing ingredients together to make up your own dish. Or let’s say you want rice or chicken or steak, and you want a kick instead of the same old boring, plain dish. Here’s where you can make your own spice blends and put them to good use.

If you want, you can buy packets of the spice blend or jars of it, ready to use. Or you can be a true diy home goddess and throw the combinations together with what you have in your spice rack. That way you can make the spice blend as needed. And it saves money!  Read more

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.

Recipe for Poached Pears

POACHED PEARSRecipe for Poached Pears

Desserts are the best, aren’t they? Recipes for desserts are overly abundant because of the variety you can find in a dessert. Chocolatey or fruity, velvety or crunchy, decadent or light, sweet or tart. The possibilities are endless. And complicated. And overwhelming. How about some simple poached pears?

My Story

poached pearsI recently got some Korean Pears for Christmas. These things are huge! And extremely meaty. I didn’t know what I was gong to do with them. I stared and stared at them. They weren’t speaking to me in their natural state. They were being very quiet and illusive.

I started thinking about a tart I made once in a cooking class with poached pears. But a whole tart for just me? That was way too much. I started researching the recipe for poached pears and what can be done with just that simple fruit. It’s amazing how many different recipes there are, but I went with the one I’d tried before.

Desserts Everywhere!

I have always loved desserts. That was the first thing I taught myself how to cook. (FYI, simple desserts are a great way to start learning). If you saw me, you’d be able to tell right away I love sweets. Chocolate is my big weakness. But sometimes I want something a little different.

I really am not into pies (I’m not a big fan of pie crusts), but I like certain types of fruit. Most berries. Plums. Peaches, Applies and pears if I slice them up first.

Crumbles I really like, because that houses the kind of crust I like, the brown sugar and butter crunch type. Is there anything better? Like Julia Child said “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” She really liked butter.

Cookies aren’t really considered a dessert, but they sure do look pretty on a plate.

Ice cream for dessert anyone? Oh my goodness! David Lebovitz is the king of ice cream. He is a professional chef and baker (the best of both worlds). This professional baker wrote a whole book on ice cream, called The Perfect Scoop, and you can buy it here. In addition, he wrote several other books (stories!) about his move to Paris, and all his books contain recipes.

Cakes. Candies. Puddings and custards. Fruits.

I’ve recently discovered fruit as the star of a dessert. Let’s talk about that.

Fruits are Elegant

Everyone thinks of a pie or crumble with fruit. But there is so much more that you can do! A topping for ice cream. Or even better, place the fruit in a bowl and top with a scoop of ice cream. A crepe filling perhaps? They will make a nice addition to a cheese plate. What about cut fruit drizzled with chocolate syrup?

Any diy home goddess should have one simple yet elegant fruit recipe in their repertoire. And poached pears are the perfect ticket. Simple. Elegant. Impressive. Do I dare say any more?

Poached Pear Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweet white winepoached pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • The juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced

Poached pearsInstructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the pears into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, usually number 6 or 7 on the stovetop.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to a simmer (about number 3) and add the pears.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, or until a knife can pierce a pear easily. I usually just leave it in for 30 minutes.poached pears
  6. Pull out of the saucepan and slightly cool.
  7. Serve in a bowl with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Hints

  • You can poach apples or peaches. Any firm, meaty fruit will do.
  • If you don’t have a lemon handy, pull out that cut plastic container of lemon juice. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice equal the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Make sure your pears are totally covered with the liquid. If not, make two different batches.
  • And yes, you can freeze them.

Voila!

poached pearsA simple recipe anyone can make. You don’t need any certificates, culinary education, or lots of practice. A perfect recipe. Poached pears for you, the diy home goddess. And you can print out the recipe here.

SaveSave

Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?

RESTAIN

This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Spice Blends – It’s All About the Flavors!

spice blendsSpice Blends- It’s all about the Flavors!

Why do I need spice blends, you are asking. My dear diy home goddesses! Ethnic cuisines have a specific flair to them. It’s not always based on the foods being made, it’s more to deal with the spices that go with it.

Yeah, people say Greek, and this diy home goddess instantly thinks of lamb and feta cheese. But, it’s also prevalent in Middle Eastern, Aussie, some French and Italian dishes. And it’s an alternative in America to ham at Easter.

A stew can host a lot of ethnic varieties, such as American, Hungarian, French, Spanish, German, Caribbean, Italian… you get the point.

Sometimes, flavor depends on the ingredients used. But the best way to bring ethnic flair to a meal is through spice blends. And it’s easy peasy to do that with staple spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

Many recipes have a list of spice ingredients. But let’s say you are a true diy home goddess, and are just throwing ingredients together to make up your own dish. Or let’s say you want rice or chicken or steak, and you want a kick instead of the same old boring, plain dish. Here’s where you can make your own spice blends and put them to good use.

If you want, you can buy packets of the spice blend or jars of it, ready to use. Or you can be a true diy home goddess and throw the combinations together with what you have in your spice rack. That way you can make the spice blend as needed. And it saves money!  Read more

PitchWars 2017 #PimpMyBio

PitchWars – The Serious Side of Me

It’s PitchWars! Let me tell you a tiny story first. My real name is Tammy. Because of my job, I blog anonymously. My blog name is Hestia Athena. It’s safer. Just go with it.

I love learning. At 6, we moved again. I threw a tantrum. They packed my encyclopedia. The mover marked my page and put it in the last box on the van. When we got to our new home, it was unloaded first. He handed me the book and I went to a corner to read.

When I got in trouble, my punishment was to put my books away and go play outside. I did extra credit in school, not for the grades, but to learn and write.

I have a BS in Accounting (in 3 years), an MBA, and am a Certified Forensic Accountant. Online writing classes? Check. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and I’ve been involved with NaNoWriMo for a decade.

I’m not just a boring nerd…

PitchWars

7 Reasons Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

  1. I’m a single mom.
  2. I do my own home repairs.
  3. I read every type of mystery there is.
  4. Classically trained pianist (quit my Philharmonic path with an accident at 15).
  5. I refurbish antiques and vintage items.
  6. I cook from scratch in a tiny kitchen.
  7. Turned my living room into a library with shelves I designed and built myself.

7 Reasons to Pick Me!

PitchWarsWhy should you pick me to mentor, you may be asking. I asked myself that same question as I thought about doing #PitchWars. So I created a list to convince myself I could try this contest. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. I know I have a lot to learn. I beg for a little patience. It might take me 2 or 3 tries, but I will get it.
  2. I want whatever morsels you are willing to feed me. Give me a push, and I head off for research and work.
  3. Don’t be vague. Don’t sugar-coat. The best boss I had told me straight what I was doing wrong. I’d sulk for a while, but I’d admit he was right and move on.
  4. If you want me to kill someone off, or nix a scene, I might fight you. But if you state your position, I will listen.
  5. I want someone to help with the comedy. I am funny, I swear. But it’s harder to write funny than to say it.
  6. I strive on stress and deadlines. Give it to me!
  7. I’m really friendly. Not stalker friendly, but I take chocolate chip cookies to my local Starbucks Christmas morning friendly.

What I Write

PitchWars

I write cozy mysteries. I have always loved them. They can be easy or complex. Think Agatha Christie, but imagine how much fun the old bird would have had in Las Vegas.

Ashley Compton is all the latest buzz with her new radio show on relationship advice. But when the advice she gives connects her name to the caller’s death, Ashley is determined to save her new job and track down a killer. Talking to the wrong people at the wrong time about the wrong things forces her into the seedy side of Las Vegas, where she is surrounded by adultery, gambling problems and the mob.

7 Reasons I Wrote Call in for Murder

  1. People always give me advice. So I made that my main character’s job.
  2. I’m fascinated with Las Vegas and everything it can represent.
  3. Not big on sex scenes and cozies don’t have much.
  4. I’m not into graphic violence, and neither are cozies.
  5. Love humor! This kind of mystery gets away with it.
  6. I’m trying Pulp Fiction (the teach said I have talent), but my heart’s in the cozy.
  7. Like with everything in my life, I dared myself to write well enough to publish.

There You Have It

I wish all the hopeful mentees good luck. Those who do get picked, take advantage of every tidbit you get from the mentors. They are truly a blessing to do this.

If you want to see more awesome candidates for PitchWars, check here.

If you want more info on PitchWars, check here.