Poached pears have always seemed a little scandalous to me. Pale, tender, curvaceous pears slip their clingy skins to skinny dip in a syrupy concoction, then brazenly pose on a little plate in all of their glory. They’re like the Victoria Secret models of the fruit dessert world. Fortunately, they’re completely family friendly and perfectly safe to share with children and husbands alike. They’re a great way to whip up a simple dessert and you can find poached pear recipes from the simplest (simmered in a plain simple syrup) to the extravagant (simmered in wine with exotic spices). When I’m feeling extra indulgent, I like to drizzle mine with chocolate ganache.
On Saturday, my mom went to a light and tree festival. She said that looking at it from an outsider’s perspective, you would think that Christmas is all about toys and alcohol, at based on all the decorations and gifts at the festival. While alcohol is not something we have very often, and it certainly isn’t what Christmas is all about, it does make a popular gift during the holidays. I wouldn’t want to just buy someone a bottle of something they could get in any ordinary store, though. Oh no! If I got alcohol as a gift I would want it to be something creative, something fun. Something like this cranberry orange infused vodka!