• Fresh pears (under ripe pears work best because they are firmer)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
Bruschetta - Preheat oven to 400°. Slice a baguette into 1/2" round slices. Brush lightly with olive oil on 1 side. Arrange slices, oil side up, on a cookie sheet. Toast until lightly browned, about 7 to 10 minutes. Spread BLT mixture on each slice. If desired, garnish with finely chopped greens and diced tomato.
Cranberry Punch
3 Tablespoons Olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6" cinnamon stick
  • water
  • 64 oz. of cranberry juice cocktail or cranberry juice (add 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1- 15 ounce can black beans
  • 1- 15 ounce can of kidney beans
  • 1- 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 small can of corn
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped​
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled.
  • 1/2 cup Miracle whip
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan or Romano
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion or green onion
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
Stuffed Tomatoes - Core/seed a container of cherry tomatoes. Cut thin slice off the bottom of each tomato. Place upside down on paper towels for 10 minutes to drain excess liquid. Put filling into zippered freezer bag. Snip one corner of bag and pipe filling into tomatoes. Garnish with finely chopped parsley or lettuce.
Serve as bruschetta or stuffed cherry tomatoes
Baked Pears
Corny Bean Salad
In a glass baking dish melt butter.  Core and peel pears, cut each pear in half.   Place pears in baking dish.  Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over pears.  Bake in a 350 degree oven, covered for about 30 minutes or until pears are tender.  Serve pears warm with sauce in dish (from butter and sugar mixture) and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream per pear​.
BLT Appetizers

Bring sugar, cinnamon stick, and 2 cups water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberry juice, orange juice and lemon juice plus 4 cups water. Simmer. Makes 1 gallon.

May be served hot or cold. If serving cold, mix with 7-Up or Sprite, then pour over ice. 
Drain and rinse all three cans of beans and can of corn.  In a medium sized bowl add: beans, corn, red pepper, onion and cilantro.  Mix all together until combined.  In a small jar with a lid add: olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and a touch of salt and pepper.  Put lid on jar and shake well.  Pour over bean mixture and mix until well coated.  Chill for several hours. Serve chilled.  The longer it sets the better it tastes.