Red Wine Poached Pears

Poached pears with ice cream are my new obsession. They are simple to make, delicious to eat, and they lend themselves to an infinite number of variations. Pears poached in spiced red wine are classic and perfect for the holiday season. I’ve had them three times this month: once in my cooking class, once from my friend at our Global Supper Club, and then I made them for Christmas Eve. These pears are the perfect dessert after a heavy meal, … Continue reading

Really Cheesy Crackers

These crackers are so cheesy that if they were orange and shaped like squares, you’d think you were eating Cheez-Its. Surprisingly, it is really easy to make crackers from scratch as long as you have a food processor. It was fun, and I will definitely make more with different flavors and shapes. This batch of crackers has a mix of cheddar and gruyère cheeses with a hint of red pepper flakes. They are a little too cheesy to snack on … Continue reading

A Rewarding Glass of Wine

One of the greatest things about living in Paris was getting to explore France’s wonderful wines. I took a class on French wine while I was there, which was a wonderful decision even though the credits didn’t transfer back to my US college. I learned about the wine and champagne-making processes, the proper way to open and taste wines, and I was able to develop my palate by tasting several different wines each class. It was a wonderful time in … Continue reading