Menu Plan Monday: Pears

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer to fall transition.  I love it–warm but not hot (usually), the beginning of color on the trees and movement in the air.  Good stuff, all around.

We’ve been busy around these parts.  I’m taking 3 exams, going to a weeklong conference, teaching two more classes, preparing for a big project in Nov and hosting a party for 20-30 people…before the end of October.  And working.  So most of my free time is, shall we say, not so free.  Although, all of these things delight me and I feel lucky to have so many wonderful things in my life.  I’m also exhausted. So it is indeed a mixed bag.

Often as I’m busy, I use cooking and baking as an outlet.  So this week, I made two roasted veggie lasagnas, two recipes from GFG’s new cookbook (review here), the daring baker challenge, a chocolate hazelnut torte and an apple/pear breakfast cake that I hope to post…soon.  And, ya know, we ate meals, too.

This week’s ingredient is the humble pear.  I think eating them straight is fantastic, but I love pear crisp, pear skillet cake, and don’t forget Ricki’s ice cream (featuring pears!) Pears are in the store all year round, but are only truly terrific about now, IMHO.  I also love them frozen, then pureed with maple syrup.  Mmmm…

And calling all hosts/hostesses!!! Email me.

Monday:
Malaysian Sunflower Curry (recipe from the spice and herb bible)

Tues:
Roasted Salmon with Roasted Herb-y Red Peppers

Weds:
Beef in coconut sauce with roasted cumin- cauliflower

Thursday:
Lemony mint quinoa

Friday:
Leftovers. or something that requires absolutely no effort

Baked goods:
cupcakes, maybe? We’ll see.

In my garden:

  • a few tomatoes
  • a few peppers
  • a baby watermelon
  • herbs: parsley, basil, lemongrass, etc.
  • baby pumpkins

Heather of Celiac Family loves pears, too (pear lovers unite!)  She’s thinking of making baked pears with gingerbread, and has a marinated flank steak that always tempts me.  She also did a mini round up of last week’s menu plans because our intended hostess was under the weather.

Michelle has a bunch of pears, so this works perfectly for her.  She plans to make a gingered pear cake in her saladmaster (color me intrigued).  She’ll be posting that soon.   She’s got split pea soups as the soup of the week, and a cast iron skillet pizza.  Yum!

Renee of Beyond Rice and Tofu isn’t a pear fan, but she’s gotten a bunch of new cookbooks to explore, and will be sharing with us soon, I’m sure.  She’s got a Tex Mex Lasagne recipe on the menu that looks quite interesting.

Wendy of Celiacs in the House had a poached pear recipe post a few days back, so she’s covered on the pear front.  And she’s got an amazing deal going with her son–she teaches him to cook, he teaches her photoshop.  I think that’s awesome.  And they’ll be checking out the Gluten Free Girl’s book this week.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to Menu Plan Monday: Pears

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Here’s this weeks Menu – thank you! I will email you about hosting next week.

    http://glutenfreesmiles.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/gluten-free-menu-swap/

    Cheers!

  2. I’m with you about pears: they’re best now when they’re in season. That pear skillet cake looks quite tasty!

  3. Renee says:

    Here is mine. It will post in the morning.
    http://wp.me/pSEPA-g7
    Thanks for hosting!

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  5. Ricki says:

    Great menu! And boy, you HAVE been busy in the kitchen! Looking forward to the hazelnut torte and breakfast cake recipes. :)

  6. Here’s mine: http://tinyurl.com/2vb7z3p . Set an extra place on Wednesday. That meal looks good to me.
    Wendy

  7. Hi Michelle,
    Great! looking forward to happy hosts.

    Heather, I agree, now is prime pear time.

    Renee, thanks for joining us…and sorry it didn’t work out getting your favorite apples.

    Ricki, you’re right, I do need to post those…especially E’s cake, which I’ve been making for nearly a decade.

    Wendy, dinner will be around 6, hope you can make it in time =)

  8. Scrumptious says:

    Hi Cheryl!

    Thanks for hosting and organizing!!!

    I’m a day late, but here’s my menu plan for the week. Some of it looks suspiciously like my menu plan from last week. ;)

    Those roasted veggie lasagnas look amazing! So does the pear skillet cake. I’ve never cooked with mesquite flour – I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing collection!

    I keep wanting to make your yummy-looking cumin-roasted cauliflower but the cauliflower keeps getting used up in other things! I’ll get there one of these days. It looks so tasty!

    Hope you have a great week of cooking!

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