Thursday, June 13, 2013

Foodie Friday: Baked Rosemary-Lemon Pears Plus a Father's Day Surprise

Welcome to Foodie Friday!

I've spent the week playing with herbs and trying new recipes.
Rosemary-Lemon Pears
Serves: 5
5 pears -- peeled; leave stems.
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
3 vanilla beans
 Slice bottoms of pears to prevent them from falling over
while baking. Place pears in a deep baking pan.
Add blueberries.
Slice vanilla beans and scoop out beans. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix 16 ounces white wine (or cooking wine), zest from 2 lemons,
pinch of salt, dash of cinnamon, 2 cups light brown sugar, vanilla beans, 1/4 cup honey.
Mix. Add 1/4 cup almonds, 3 bay leaves, and a handful of chopped, fresh rosemary.
Pour over pears.
Cut lemons into quarters and place around pears in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes.
Remove pears from oven. Using a slotted spoon,
remove pears from pan and place in the refrigerator.
Put pan with drippings onto the cooktop and reduce
over a low flame for an hour, stirring now and then.
When you are ready to serve the pears,
remove from fridge and spoon sauce over the pears. Garnish
with rosemary and almonds, if desired.
My husband truly loved these pears.

I raided my herb garden this week and made all kinds of
salts and rubs. The lemon-thyme seasoning salt was so aromatic,
my house smelled like Williams-Sonoma. It's great on food, too!

Click HERE for the recipe.


"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”  Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

As many of you know, I have a little herb garden at Rattlebridge.
If it hadn't been for this garden, I don't think Will would
have agreed to buy the house. Though he's a country doctor,
he's a farmer at heart. He couldn't resist the blooming lavender.

The other day we were gathering rosemary for the pear recipe, and Will said
he wished he had a vegetable garden. "You can plant tomatoes with the herbs," I said.
"No," he said, shaking his head. "It's too pretty of a garden. But someday,
I'll have a vegetable garden."
“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite.”
I decided to make Will a small vegetable garden for Father's Day, but I didn't have much time. So Medana and I put our heads together.  My plan was to install the garden but leave the "squares"
bare. That way, Will could plant what he wanted.
Bandwidth and I decided that we would present the garden-to-be on Father's Day.
But Will discovered it on his own. He never goes to Rattlebridge alone, but I have
been feeling poorly for a few days--so pokey and slow that I bought a bottle of Geritol, what my grandmother used to take. Anyway, Will stopped by the house and discovered the secret garden.
Photo Credit: Medana H.
He immediately called me.
"It's the best Father's Day present, ever," he said.
Photo Credit: Medana H.

Will is trying to decide what to plant. It's a bit late in the season,
but he'll find something.


Our Foodie Friday "Pick of the Week" is Debbie at Mountain Breaths. She embellished
a store-bought cake with edible butterflies and presented it on a Mackenzie Childs' pedestal platter.
Just beautiful!
To read about this cake, visit Debbie at Mountain Breaths.

Thanks to all of the great cooks who participate each week. I look at each post to make sure it is working, and it is always such a treat to see what you've been cooking. I'd like to invite you to add your recipes to the "Consuming Passions" group board at Pinterest, which can be found HERE.

It is a small, private group, but Foodie Friday folks are welcome. If you'd like to "pin" with us and chat about food, just leave a comment on one of the "pins," and I will send you an invitation. Or you can email me.

To participate in Foodie Friday, locate the blue Inlinkz icon and follow the directions. The red "x"
will allow you to delete your link if you made an error; the "x" is visible to you only.

For a complete guide to this linky party, click HERE. If you have still have questions, click HERE
for a detailed Foodie Friday tutorial.

** By adding your link to Foodie Friday, you are granting us permission
to include a photo of your FF recipe (and a link to your blog post)
in the "Picks of the Week" feature or on our Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest pages.

I would like to ask pretty please if Pinners will "pin" photos of the "Picks" and all FF contributions from the source blogs, not from Foodie Friday. 
Thanks so much for visiting  today. I am always inspired by your recipes--and by you. Food blogging is more difficult than any kind because of the sheer work that goes on behind the scenes--planning, shopping, prep work, cooking, taking photographs, culling those photos, and cleaning.  I am amazed by your ideas and creativity.
Have a great, food-filled weekend.


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  1. Thanks for hosting Michael. Your pears are gorgeous! We have tons of rosemary in our garden! It grows so well.

  2. Hi Michael Lee,
    I just love your Lemon Thyme Seasoning Salt, this will give me another source for my beautiful Thyme in the Herb Garden. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  3. The photos of your new recipes are just stunning Michael, and the garden is brilliant! What a wonderful, thoughtful present! My hubs birthday is coming up fast, and I've got zilch, I need such an inspiration! I love that he just "discovered it"...hope you feel better soon,

  4. Thanks for hosting, Michael!

  5. That seasoning salt looks glorious! Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you're having a great week!

  6. Many thanks for hosting this yummy link up Michael Lee! Hope you have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  7. Thanks for hosting and sharing your beautiful pictures~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  8. What a wonderful Father's Day gift for your hubby, Michael Lee! I know he was thrilled!
    Debbie's butterfly cake is absolutely stunning and certainly deserved to be showcased.
    Your pears and also the lemon-thyme salt are beautiful, also. Thanks so much for hosting!

  9. Wow, the pears look, AMAZING!
    Thank you so much for hosting :)

  10. What a special Father's Day gift for your hubby! I love that you and Will were gathering rosemary "together" for the pear recipe. I made your lemon thyme salt, and the house smelled wonderful. Thanks so much for hosting and for featuring the butterfly cake!

  11. I also wanted to let you know that I love the red, white and blue dish that you baked the pears in!

  12. What a great little garden you have created! It is so pretty even without any veggies. Thank you for hosting!

  13. What a wonderful Father's Day gift! Your Rosemary Lemon Pears are perfect little culinary treats! Love your Radko frog, my MIL is a frog fanatic :)

  14. What a fabulous surprise for Will. He is a lucky man to have you in his life.
    The pears look delicious and pretty. I'm at work on redesigning our herb garden.

  15. What a lovely garden - very English. Can't wait to see the bounty it brings forth. Happy FF!

  16. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The pear presentation is wonderful too; I am going to have to explore for a small dinner party dessert. Thank you for hosting and letting me join in.

  17. Wonderful story - what a sweet and thoughtful gift.

    It's going to be so much fun to watch the garden grow. Good going, guys.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  18. Thank you so much for hosting! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  19. What a wonderful Father's Day gift. I love the way you have laid out the vegetable garden - would love to see photos when it's all planted up too :)

    The pears look scrumptious. I really like the idea of using the rosemary, and that sauce - oh my!

    This week I've shared a bit of family history and a recipe I've been making for over 30 years. Thank you for hosting!

  20. The new garden is beautiful Michael! I'm sure it will be enjoyed:@)

  21. Love everything about Dr. Will's new vegetable garden - the layout, the paths, and especially the location near the garage. I don't think it's a bad thing that he discovered it before you surprised him. That way he got to stand there and admire it all by himself and realize what a great family he has to do such a nice and thoughtful thing. Happy Father's day Dr. Will.

    Thanks for hosting and I love your herb garden too. Very classy.

  22. Thank you so much for hosting! Happy weekend to you :)

  23. If I was going to have a vegetable garden that is exactly how I would want it to look!! It's perfect!! I didn't even know they still made Geritol!

  24. Thank you so much for hosting and sharing.Have a great weekend.

  25. Always loved the Secret Garden such a beautiful thing to give for Father's Day especially because he was it really was a secret dream to have a garden. Thank you again for a wonderful party.

  26. What a lovely thought for a Father's Day present Michael Lee. I've also found thyme works very well with pears too. That butterfly is amazing. Thanks for hosting.

    Anne xx

  27. It's not a vegetable garden it's a pottage! It's lovely and so perfect! How I envy you the space! You'll get produce just not as much as next year!

  28. Thank you so much for hosting! I just love all the pictures you post. Keep posting 'em! :-)

  29. I love your thoughtful Father's Day gift! He will enjoy it and so will you for years! Thanks for hosting... I think I have participated in FF for over 3 years! So fun! It just wouldn't be Friday without FF!

  30. Those pears look delicious!! Love the secret garden, what a great gift....wish I would of thought of it :)

  31. Just found your blog for the first time today.....Love it!!! Thanks for hosting a great link party!

  32. first your pear is GORGEOUS! the recipe is calling me... over here, psst make me... i can already taste the smooth texture tingling down my throat! it really looks wonderful and high on my list to make soon~

    and then those pretty pretty lemon salts again. i swear my shopping spree was inspired by the nbs being so talented i just wanted to buy my way to happiness!

    and then you go and quote the secret still my heart. and of course you know i have frog hill so i was hanging on tight like your crown prince, clinging to every word, and what a secret it was... such a touching gift, really something he can always cherish knowing you slipped over there to create a little grocery store for him. i am thrilled for both of you, and its always so nice to see love tangible, right there smack in front of the camera is a woman showing love for her man, and i love that you shared it!