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#20 of 22: begun

The perfect pair?

#20: 1/22

My brother and I made poached pears for dessert. Pears aren’t a terribly exotic ingredient, but I don’t think I’ve ever used them before since I dislike their mealy texture. Poaching sounds a bit scary but it turns out to be super straightforward. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Peel, core, and half five Bosc pears
  2. Pour 1 cup of orange juice, ½ cup rum, 1 cup brown sugar, and 2 cinnamon sticks into a saucepan
  3. Heat that mixture until it boils, then lower heat and stir until sugar has dissolved
  4. Add pears to the saucepan. Cover and simmer 15-30 minutes – til pears are tender, but still firm – total time will just depend on the size of the pears
  5. Remove pears from pan, cover and refrigerate to harden
  6. While pears refrigerate, add ½ cup each of chopped walnuts and pecans to the saucepan
  7. Heat and stir for 5-10 minutes so that sauce thickens and nuts are covered
  8. Allow sauce to cool and thicken for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve pear in a bowl of vanilla ice cream with sauce and nuts spooned on top

And you can just tell yourself it’s healthy because of the fruit and nuts. Duh.

 

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I tend to internally rebel against the grandmother-catalyzed “say what you’re thankful for!” exercises, but this year I feel that some maturity (in the form of gratitude) is in order. Because really, my life is awesome. And choosing cynicism over beauty is too easy.

So, without further ado: I am thankful for…

  • B: because we just got engagement photos back and I am reminded that he is seriously hot. But also because he has been the best friend anyone could ask for through a year of huge transitions, crazy families, and major decisions. I am grateful for the team we’ve become.
  • our community: because I am regularly reminded of how much worse off we would be if it weren’t for our friends and mentors.
  • Trader Joe’s: because of mango mochi, dark chocolate raspberry sticks, and pre-cut squash – all under one roof.
  • my job: because I graduated in May with literally zero marketable skills in the midst of the economic crisis (dun, dun, dun!), but still get to spend every day with fantastic women doing good work that supports my newly-forming family.
  • space heaters: because it is effing cold in San Francisco right now and my toes are surviving nonetheless.

Off for a run by the lake to preemptively prevent any pie-induced guilt!


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