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

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese and tomato soup have been a winter craving for us since I packed them for a Valentine’s Day picnic several years ago, in the snow, to watch the planes come in and out of the airport. Back then, “making” tomato soup consisted of opening a can of Campbell’s. My tastes have evolved since then, but I hadn’t attempted to make my own tomato soup, so we went without. Our period of deprivation has ended just in time for … Continue reading

Hot Cider: Spiced and Spiked

In January, I posted a recipe for apple cider cocktails that are delicious, but served over ice. After the most recent cold front moved in, I’ve been craving something warmer. I didn’t see a reason to concoct a new version, especially because apple cider is so frequently served warm. So I undid the twist in the first recipe to create an equally delicious but more soothing winter brew. To make it, heat 1 cup of apple cider. While the cider … Continue reading