Jules Catering put together the festive event and arranged everything so beautifully. What a wonderful treat! I enjoyed some eggnog and carrot cake. Delicious!
I’m already a sustaining member, so I didn’t think I’d be eligible for anything. Then they said that even a tiny increase in the monthly amount would be enough to get a gift card. Since that fits my budget, I thought it was a nice excuse to do some good and go to Legal Sea Foods.
Last night, my mom and I went to dinner at their new Braintree location. It had been a while since we went out to dinner together, so it was real treat for us. The service was excellent and so was the food.
We both enjoyed our seafood dinners, but I was focused on dessert from the beginning after reading that they were featuring a cognac pumpkin cheesecake. It was delicious! The size was rather small, which was both good and bad. I wanted more, because it was so good. But I also didn’t feel as guilty eating it since the portion was quite reasonable.
My mom ordered the Boston Cream Pie and I had a taste. Okay, a few bites. I loved it too! Trying Boston Cream Pie at different locations, like Bostonia Public House and Parker’s Restaurant, is becoming a thing with me.
I like seeing the different variations of our official state dessert here in Massachusetts. Earlier today there was a nice segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Boston Cream Pie, which is actually a cake. I’ve never made it myself. Maybe that will be a thing at some point too.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Breakfast or dessert? I’ve asked this question before. Since I’m a grown-up, I’ve decided that it’s breakfast.
When I was a kid, I remember looking forward to being an adult and being able to make my own decisions about things just like this. Because in the greater scheme of life, shouldn’t I be able to eat what I want for breakfast? Now is certainly the time to reap the benefits.
Last Sunday, I salvaged some subpar pears by baking with them. The inspiration for the crisp came from the apple crisp recipe shared by Amy Traverso. I made several changes, but her recipe served as a nice framework.
I cut the ingredient amounts in half, so it worked for the amount of pears that I had. I left the skins mostly on, but removed some of it because of brown spots. I changed the sugar to half brown and for the other half decided to finally use this coconut sugar that I bought about a while ago. I was a bit concerned that it might taste like coconut, but I didn’t notice it.
I used regular salt instead of kosher. Instead of all cinnamon, I used some cardamom too. For the flour, I keep a mixture of all-purpose and wheat in a container that I use for everything. It’s not measured, but it’s mostly all-purpose.
The crisp was really good and G loved it. He said, “That’s what grown-ups eat!” I happen to agree.
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- 3 cups pears (cut up)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
Place the pears in an ungreased baking dish, then set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugars. Combine ingredients, then stir in egg. It will be crumbly. Spread the mixture over the pears. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and cardamom.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. You should probably let it sit and cool for a few minutes before cutting it. But we were hungry and watching CBS Sunday Morning as we were waiting for the crisp to finish baking.
Once it was done, I took a few quick pictures and we ate it. Because sometimes grown-ups are as impatient as kids!
Happy November to you!
The last few days have felt like fall and now it’s official. Autumn arrived today. While summer is probably my favorite season, there is a definite beauty to fall and a certain coziness that comes with a bit of chill in the air.
Last week, my mom and I enjoyed one of those precious last days of summer by visiting Hanson Farm, which is about 25 miles south of Boston in Bridgewater. The farm has a dairy, so we decided to treat ourselves to some ice cream.
My mom had the frozen pudding, which she said was the best that she has had in years. I couldn’t pick just one, so I combined some seasonal favorites, apple crisp and pumpkin patch. They were delicious! Besides the wonderful flavors and texture, the portions are big, so a small ice cream was still a lot.
If you’re in the area, stop by and enjoy some scoops!
The current place where I am working is undergoing construction. I read a sign in the cafe saying that there would be cookies at 3pm every Wednesday. That made me glad.
It’s a new space for me and my co-workers, so I told them. We were all giddy like kids as the time approached yesterday. Then 3:00 came and went. No cookies. I investigated the situation and found that there would be no cookies because of the construction in the kitchen. That made me sad. The promise of cookies, but then no cookies is far worse than just going without cookies.
Then today, there were cookies! Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Which I had not heard about in a long time. But they are still around!
What a perfect idea for an office! I remember hearing about Otis Spunkmeyer years ago and wondering about the name.
The founder, Ken Rawlings, let his 12-year-old daughter come up it. It’s certainly a name that you never forget!
The cookies were warm, gooey and delicious. They were even delivered to us in our office.
All is forgiven.