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Pear Pie

My in-laws’ pear tree is overloaded this year and we are the blessed recepients of the abundance! I made this great pear pie for Pizza and Pie.
Pear Pie
Pear Pie

Dough for 1 double crust pie.
10-12 small pears peeled and sliced (obviously you may need more or less depending on the size of your pears)
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. all purpose flour

Assemble pie dough and roll out the bottom crust. Fit to a 9 inch pie pan. Mix dry ingredients and sprinkle a tablespoon of the mixture on the bottom of the pie shell. Fill with sliced pears and sprinkle with remaining dry ingredients. Top with sliced butter. Top with remaining rolled pie dough and crimp edges as desired. Prick top with a sharp knife. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until crust is brown and beautiful.

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The bruschetta was wonderful.  Unfortunately, it was devoured before a picture could be taken.  I am still working on the photo timing.  Bruschetta is really easy to make and has such a summer feel to it.  Fresh tomatoes are a must so summer is really the best time to make it.

Start with a loaf of french bread (slicing it yourself lets you make the slices slightly thinner which I think makes for a better bruschetta)

Brush with a flavorful olive oil.

Place on cookie sheets and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, chop fresh tomatoes ( a couple of large ones) and combine with about 8 fresh finely chopped basil leaves.  Again fresh is the key.  Mine came straight from the garden.  Mix well.

When your bread is toasted to your satisfaction spoon the tomato mixture on top and then top with real grated parmesan cheese.  Get the kind from the refrigerated section of your market — not the jar kind on the pasta aisle.  You won’t be sorry you spent the extra money.

Enjoy.

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Bruschetta Tonight

Well, after a long time of not writing I have taken to heart the idea that perfectionism kills creativity.  So, instead of waiting for the perfect thing to write and the perfect blog name, I am jumping in again with random stuff.

Tomatoes are plentiful right now.  I didn’t get mine planted but my favorite road side stand has them in abundance.  It’s the perfect time for bruschetta.  I will make spaghetti for the rest of my family, partly because they won’t be satisfied with just bruschetta, and partly because if they have spaghetti there will be more bruschetta for me.

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