Let your Fall pears (Bosc) stand out further by poaching them in a vibrant hue of Merlot wine. These pears are excellent for poaching because they retain their shape beautifully. With a sprinkle of cinnamon spice and a touch of honey or any sweetener, you can transform them into a great snack or dessert.

Do allow your pears to slowly simmer on low heat and catch the flavors and the bright burgundy/red color for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Make sure to turn on all sides for even absorption. Do keep an eagle’s eye out as your merlot  bath will simmer into a sweet reduction. This reduction is excellent for a beautiful drizzle over ice cream.

Cool and then chill your merlot  poached pears and serve with/without a scoop of vanilla or any other flavor ice cream of your preference. The bold yet sweet flavors will explode in your mouth and make you feel like you’re in the picturesque hills of Tuscany overlooking the bay; or, Napa Valley with a harvest moon.

Salud my Foodies!


Who can resist? When the temperatures and the humidity are on the upswing on the outskirts, one great way to relieve me and my loved ones’ thirst is to indulge on sweet and mouthwatering melons.To me,they are two of the most cooling fruits of summer.

As you know, we first eat with our eyes; therefore, I used my handy dandy scoop and extracted the juicy fruits. Then I garnished my cantaloupe and water melon with a chiffonade of mint. This addition provided a refreshing finish to my fruit cups.

As always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.Happy summer!