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December is Pear Month: Caramelized Fennel with Pear, Almonds and Parmesan plus a Giveaway!

Caramelized Fennel & Pear Hash with Almonds and Parmesan

If there’s one thing I really enjoy about fall & winter it’s…well, it’s sweaters, actually. But, besides the sweaters, it’s pears. I like them even more than apples. Because of this, I substitute pears for apples in a lot of recipes — pear pies, pear sauce, pear wedges with brie, pears with caramel dipping sauce. In fact, I just made some Parsnip & Pear Pancakes that were completely delicious.

Recently, USA Pears offered to send me a whole box of pears to create a recipe for National . . . → Read More: December is Pear Month: Caramelized Fennel with Pear, Almonds and Parmesan plus a Giveaway!

Twelve Spice Seared Tuna with Mustard Mint Sauce

Twelve Spice Seared Tuna with Mustard Mint Sauce

After a super filling meal of turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables and pumpkin pie it always seems like a sensible idea to eat some fish, right? Especially when you think back on all the cheese, crackers and wine that was part of the holiday (week) too. Or maybe it’s just me? Or maybe it’s just that when you spend Thanksgiving in Fargo, North Dakota you need a lot of snacks to keep warm?

It doesn’t matter which really, because this tuna is awesome! A crusted, flavorful piece of fish . . . → Read More: Twelve Spice Seared Tuna with Mustard Mint Sauce

FFwD: Sriracha Cheddar Mini Puffs (Instead of Herbed Goat Cheese)

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs

So, really, I was originally thinking that I would just sit this French Fridays with Dorie out. It’s a very busy week coming up and I just didn’t think I would have the time. Then, I saw that the recipe for Friday was Goat Cheese Mini Puffs and decided that I really, really had to make them, time management be damned.

Of course, I forgot to go to the store and get goat cheese. That’s a problem. After looking around my kitchen crazily for a bit I came up with the idea . . . → Read More: FFwD: Sriracha Cheddar Mini Puffs (Instead of Herbed Goat Cheese)

Wheat Germ & Herb Biscuits and a Super Food Giveaway!

Wheat Germ and Herb Biscuits

Recently, I was offered a free jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to try and also a jar to giveaway on my blog, which is really great but honestly, I already knew about the awesomeness of wheat germ. I’ve been a fan for awhile and use it all the time for coating chicken, adding to granola and cereals and even baking. Did you know that you could do all of that with wheat germ? Well, you can.

And also, wheat germ is a super food. It’s an excellent source of nutrients including . . . → Read More: Wheat Germ & Herb Biscuits and a Super Food Giveaway!

Copper River Salmon Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

Salmon Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

On the last shipment from Copper River Salmon, I got a package filled with smoked and canned salmon goodies. Such a nice way to end my time on the Fresh Catch Crew! The canned salmon was the last to be used and here’s what I did: Salmon Cakes.

Salmon Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

So easy to make, something like this is perfect for a weeknight dinner! And if you do have an avocado, I recommend making the sauce too. Very zippy and creamy. Unfortunately, my . . . → Read More: Copper River Salmon Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce