pear pancakes: party of one

I celebrated my first day back in Bloomington by checking off a predictable list of post-holiday to-dos: Unpack Christmas presents. Do laundry. Pay rent. Buy groceries. Make soup. The best task, though, was saved for last: Redo kitchen¬†chalkboard. With the swipe of a towel, month-old doodles of snowflakes and pine trees disappeared, and the following…

roasted pear & dark chocolate scones

Scones and Valentine’s Day have something in common: both have their fair share of critics. Other pastries and holidays seem to be generally well-liked by the masses — muffins, for example, are nearly always acceptable and not too many people get worked up about the Fourth of July. But you can always find those individuals…

the pear revisited

I know, I know. Pears were so four weeks ago. But when this recipe appeared in my inbox via my subscription to the always wonderful Smitten Kitchen, I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself. I have a feeling you’ll appreciate just as much as I did how the curvaceous sweetness of the pear tangos…

gift of the gods

When Homer’s brave hero Odysseus enters the glorious palace of Alcinous, he is arrested by the sight of the king’s orchards. The ancient epic poem describes a luxuriant grove of apple, pomegranate,¬† pear, and fig trees. One translation of the poem praises the “pear upon pear waxing ripe” in the orchard, and tells of how…