Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mmmmm Good!

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I love to cook! I'm in two supper clubs just wasn't enough! Last month my clubs met back to back, one Saturday evening and the other Sunday evening. The theme for the one on Sunday night was Pie. We all made pies and then we watched the movie The Waitress ...cute movie but don't watch it when you are hungry, you'll be craving pie!

I made a Kale, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pie and it was so good! It was all wrapped up in phyllo dough! It was such a colorful dish and perfect for a Fall evening! Click here for the Kale, Butternut Squash and Pancetta recipe.

The night before the theme was "Autumn Dishes" and I made poached pears. I've made this recipe quite a few times and it's one of my favorite desserts! I forgot to take my camera that night so this pear was one of the extras I made for Lauren and I and it sat in the fridge for 2 days before I ate looked better the first night!Haagen-Dazs makes a really good line of ice cream called Five (for 5 ingredients) and I served this with their Ginger Ice Cream. I love anything with ginger in it and this was so good! Unfortunately we ate all the ginger ice cream at the party so the leftovers above were with vanilla...the ginger was better!
The pear is poached in a sugary red wine sauce with cinnamon and orange. It's topped off with crushed biscotti. Everyone seems to really love it and someone always asks me for the recipe. Click here for the poached pear recipe (I left out the cardamom because it was $9 for a small bottle)

If anyone is interested in learning more about supper clubs. The Cooking Light website has a lot of info. You can even see if anyone in your area is trying to start one one or you can start one yourself.

I bet you are thinking I must be off my diet! I'm not I've lost 8 lbs so far!!
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Jenns Three Graces said...

You might want to see if you have a Penzey's Spice located near you or you can Google them and they have a catalog and 800# - their prices for Cardomonseemed reasonable....Jennifer

betty said...

Che fame...queste fotografie ti fanno sentire il profumo della buona cucina.
ciao ciao

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so gourmet and so delicious, I am hungry now. Good for you down 8 lbs, it's a constant struggle isn't it.


Pam said...

Looks so yummy....

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Cindy!
Looks so delicious. We love poached pears over at my home.
Congratulations on the 8 lbs.- I need to get started on that now!
Have a wonderful day!


YUM now I'm hungry!! Both dishes looked sooooo good (;

Susan B said...

Everything looks declious!

Lou Cinda said...

These are beautiful! The are almost too pretty to eat! A work of art!

But I think I could manage! lol

Lou Cinda

Anonymous said...

Everything looks delicious and I just wanted to say that you blog is MUCH more appealing now since a lot of the advertising has been removed. It was just too much for my eyes to handle. :( Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Cindy said...

I'm drooling!

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

looks lovely!

I saw Supper Clubs on Jamie Oliver and thought of you...never heard of them before that


Toffe said...

qué rico todo!!!
y ahora es una época estupenda para recetas nuevas y deliciosas

muchas gracias

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How yummy! I think if you eat home made things in won't gain weight. It's the processed foods and restaurant food that adds the calories! Enjoy!

Elsie said...

Boy Cindy I haven't known you that
long and you can read me like a book. I am very proud of you for
the 8 pounds,you go girl...I don't
see how because you cook so good.
That looks like the stuff you see
in Cooking Light and all those
food mag. Hey,I don't mind the
advertising,heck I like to see
what's new.:O)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Cindy, you are a baaaad girl! I'm so hungry now! I started a diet in Sept., and have now lost 16 lbs., but am so worried about the holiday eating!!LOL

Please come visit my holiday home when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Beverly@My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Both recipes look yummy and very different.Your pears looks beautiful. I like the idea of your supper club. I love to cook, too, but get stuck in a rut because it's what the family likes. With a supper club, I think you would be feel challenged to try something new. I never heard of ginger ice it would be good with pumpkin pie too.
Congratulations on your weight loss.

Susan Wicker said...

ooooooo Cindy....The photos are fabulous....makes me want to put my fork into the computer screen and take a bite! Sincerely, Susan from

Susan Wicker said...

ooooooo Cindy....The photos are fabulous....makes me want to put my fork into the computer screen and take a bite! Sincerely, Susan from

thefirstlady said...

Looks good. I've never thought about "supper clubs." Now, thanks to you, I think I may want to check one out. BTW, how do you find time to do all you do?

A Little Of This And That said...

Oh my!

Michelle said...

Hi Cindy,
That looks delicious. Congrat's on the weight loss!

Lynn said...

Oh how yummy that pear looks. The pie looks incredibly difficult to make, time consuming, but what a show stopper when served. Congratulations on the weight loss. Incredible that you can be in two supper clubs, love to cook and still loose weight! Good for you!! As usual Cindy you excel in everything you do. Such an inspiration to all of us.
Lynn said...

A supper club sounds like such fun! I wish I was in one. Actually, I wish I was in YOURS, your food looks great!

prashant said...

their prices for Cardomonseemed reasonable

Work from home India

Anonymous said...

I bought cardamom at World Market (formerly Cost Plus) -- only $2.99 for 1.6 oz. I've used it to make vanilla chai tea mix.