Taste of the Fallidays

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I look forward to the flavors of fall, basically, all year.  Everyone goes wild for anything pumpkin when Autumn rolls around, but there are so many other amazing flavors that are utilized this time of year from apple-cinnamon, to cranberry, to even the use of different squashes or fruits and vegetables in season. A falling leaf may be summer’s wave goodbye, but it also means a wave hello to pumpkin desserts and hearty meals.

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One of my favorite fruits in season during this time are pears.  My roommates mom brought us Harry & David pears which are like the Mercedes of pears in my eyes, which I have been thoroughly enjoying this week.  I’m a huge fan of just plain, sliced pairs on their own, but I also think they are great when mixed into a dish.

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Pears can be utilized somewhat the same as apples when it comes to dishes.  Some ideas to consider if you have pears on hand: adding pear to a gourmet grilled cheese, utilizing pear in different desserts, or even adding pear to to a crostini appetizer. Most pears start becoming in season in September and there are so many different kinds making them fun to experiment with.

Utilizing the ingredients that I had at home and the tasty spotlight ingredient of pears, I decided to make a Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette.  Check out the recipe below!:

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Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette:

Salad & Toppings:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Diced Pear
  • Candied Walnuts
  • Dried Cranberries

Dressing: [~2 Servings]

  • 2 Tbsp. Light Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Light Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix dressing together either in blender or with a whisk.  Make salad by taking desired amount of mixed greens and finishing off with equal amounts of toppings.  Pour dressing over, mix, and serve.

Dressing adapted from: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie

Weekly Crème De La Crumb 10-2

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«…….and good alcohol»

Check out some of these awesome recipes I found this week from these food bloggers around the web!

This’ll give you a real excuse to open that bottle of wine on a Tuesday night- Red Wine, Grape, & Brie Grilled Cheese

Tortellini is good, but fried tortellini has got to be even better- Parmesan Tortellini Bites

Blue cheese, hot sauce, mushrooms… say no more- Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms in a Creamy Hot Sauce

With a name like crack pie, I could definitely see myself getting addicted to this dessert-Crack Pie

Fancy up your brunch with this dish- Sunday Brunch Croque Madame

Healthier, but still tasty, version of spaghetti carbonara- Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

It wouldn’t be fall without featuring a pumpkin recipe- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

As if the name ultimate didn’t sell these enough for me, the combo of mint and chocolate looks delish- Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies

Tasty take on a classic chicken dish- Chicken Parmesan Wraps

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie

Weekly Crème De La Crumb 8-21

Cheese

«Life’s great- Cheese makes it better»

Check out this week’s mouthwatering recipes from all around the web all with a focus ingredient of: Cheese!

A man’s dream- putting cheese, bacon, and beer together in one dish- Beer & Bacon Mac and Cheese

Oh my gouda….- Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadilla

Great dip to pair with a Saturday afternoon football game (and shh… its healthy!)- Feta & Spinach Dip

Sweet dreams are made of cheese, so wake everyone up with this dish- Breakfast Casserole

Easy, cheesy side dish- Cheesy Accordion Potatoes

What’s the saddest cheese?…..- Balsamic Bleu Steak Alfredo

And… because powdered cheese is important too- Cheesy Taco Seasoned Hard Pretzels

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie