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Cranberries, Apples, and Pears, Oh My! ~or~ FFR XXIII 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:08 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2010 8:06 pm
Cranberries, apples, pears, pumpkin, and maple are some of the flavors in this blogisode of
Formerly Faceless Recipes.
I've been asked how I choose the recipes for my blog.  It usually starts as an ingredient search. I tend to buy too much of an ingredient and always look to AR to find recipes to use it up. I had some pears to use today (I still do), so I found two faceless recipes that sounded good for dinner (and several more that I printed out for later). The third was a pork recipe that also used the maple syrup I've been trying to use.  It's a challenge sometimes to find recipes that sound good to me and will
appeal to my husband.
Sometimes it only needs to sound good to me, though, like the two pear recipes.
So here's the latest batch. I hope you find something you might enjoy!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears
I had some pears I needed to use, so I decided to try this recipe. It was good, but did need more flavor. I used less milk, as the full amount would have made the final result runny. I think a little more butter, some salt, and extra spices would help this. The directions don't state what size sweet potatoes or pears to use, and different pears have different flavors and textures. I imagine this could affect the outcome as well.
 Cranberry Pear Compote
This was a very tasty way to use up some fruit. This recipe couldn't be simpler to throw together. I served this compote with Maple Pork Slices from Allrecipes. Delicious!
 Maple Pork Slices
This was very quick, simple, and delicious!  I used garlic powder instead of minced garlic and sprinkled the spices onto the pork instead of shaking it. My maple syrup was the regular kind. I've honestly never seen sugar free maple syrup.  We really enjoyed this and I will definitely make it again!
Bowler Beef Marinade
I chose this recipe for two reasons: it uses simple, on-hand ingredients, and I had some less-then-great sirloin I needed to turn into GREAT sirloin. I halved the recipe and cut the beef into chunks for marinating. After marinating for 24 hours, I skewered and grilled the beef. The result was tender and flavorful, but NOT overpowering. I will definitely use this again!
Cranberry Walnut Cookies
These are amazing! I followed the recipe exactly. These cookies do spread out a good bit, but that makes for a cookie that is perfectly crispy around the edges, but chewy in the center. The tangy cranberries are the perfect contrast in this sweet cookie. Thanks for a great recipe!
Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
These have a great pumpkin flavor and the raisins and walnuts are a wondeful addition. The cinnamon glaze makes these even better. Please keep in mind that the description specifically states that these are cakelike cookies. They are not supposed to spread out, but rather stay in a mound when baked. The only problem I ran into was the baking time. I had one tray of cookies that appeared done (after 14 minutes), but when cooled were still a little too gooey inside. I may try baking at 375 F next time. Thanks for a great recipe!
Raspberry Bran Muffins
I did cut the oil by half after reading the reviews. These muffins are wonderful when still slightly warm. They aren't overly sweet. After cooling completely they are somewhat less flavorful and the raspberries (I used fresh) get mushy. If I make these again I may try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract for added flavor.
Heather's Rosemary Citrus Cornish Game Hens
This was out-of-this-world delicious! I was short on time, so I only brined my birds for about 1 1/2 hours (mine were small, so this was sufficient). My hens were done after 1 1/2 hours in the oven. The meat was tender and juicy. I have two more hens in the freezer and can't wait to make these again! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
Brussels Sprouts with Apples
These were okay, but a little bland. Hubby didn't much care for them. I'd probably give them 3.5 stars. They needed something, but I'm not sure what. More herbs, maybe? Butter? They also took a good bit longer than the stated roasting time and the sprouts were slightly tender-crisp while the apples were very soft.
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner...
Apple Cranberry Compote
my personal recipe - still in AR recipe limbo...
I invented this recipe to use up some ingredients I had on hand. It goes wonderfully with pork and poultry. This is a tasty change from traditional cranberry sauce for a Thanksgiving meal.
 Click on any of the recipe titles below to view the recipe.
Thanks for dropping by!
I write this blog for several reasons. One reason is that I love to cook and bake. Another is that I love to take pictures - I take photos of my kids, my pets, nature, and food. Last, I've always felt bad for recipes that didn't have photos. It seems to me that many people "eat with their eyes" first, and good recipes can be easily overlooked because they don't have photos.
So the purpose of this blog is to showcase recipes that were previously void of a photograph in the hopes that someone might try them as a result. I include my review with the recipe because I, personally, often look up a person's review of the recipe when I admire their photo. This saves anyone who might be so inclined from having to take the time. I do try to follow these recipes as closely as possible with few changes for the purpose of this blog.
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Nov. 14, 2010 7:42 pm
Really interesting blog! This is the first time I have read it, but I will definitely be back! :) Great pics!
Nov. 14, 2010 7:44 pm
Total deliciousness - AGAIN! Saved your compote recipe - looks amazingly good! I would put that on everything from meat to ice cream and then pancakes!
Nov. 14, 2010 7:49 pm
As you probably already know, I don't eat sweets or bread but your little cornish hens sure are cute. Great job as always Pam! I despise sweet potatoes (only veggie I absolutely will not eat) but yours looked good enough to almost tempt even me.
Nov. 14, 2010 7:58 pm
I have to agree with Southern_Belle -first time reading your blog and I enjoyed it. I really think I am going to make your cranberry pear compote in place of my cranberry relish I usually make. Time to try something new. Thank you!!!
Nov. 14, 2010 7:58 pm
The sweet potato pear recipe sounds so good. Unlike Miss Nikki, I love me some sweet taters! All the photos look so good. I will try the brussel sprouts with apples I think tomorrow. And, maybe add some cranberries???
Nov. 14, 2010 8:10 pm
I'm partial to the more savory things, but as usual, your photos make it all look good.
Nov. 14, 2010 8:48 pm
Your kitchen is probably marked in heaven as "Heaven on Earth". Awesome pictures, and Blog, once again.
Nov. 14, 2010 11:27 pm
Love your blogs!! Great job!!
Nov. 15, 2010 12:23 am
Pam your blogs are the best! This one had so much I was looking for! I can't wait to make the apple cranberry compote amoung one of the recipes! This will be a great addition to my Thanksgiving dinner. I have loads of apples, pears, and cranberries to use. Thanks for sharing! :D
Nov. 15, 2010 3:22 am
Great photos! I might try the sweet potatoes with the pears combination!
Nov. 15, 2010 5:31 am
I can't tell you how excited I get when you post that a new blog is up! I love your blogs and photos and inspiration. Thanks Pam for sharing with us :)
Nov. 15, 2010 6:28 am
Thanks, everyone!
Nov. 15, 2010 9:03 am
love the pictures - got some creative juices flowing in my head - thanks
Nov. 15, 2010 10:57 am
Nov. 15, 2010 11:45 am
Beautiful blog Pam! :)
Nov. 15, 2010 1:18 pm
Okay, I read this blog all the time and I just cannot get over your pictures. Why aren't you working for a cookbook company or something? Your pics are absolutely awesome! I finally got to the point, where I skip over the blog, look at the pics first and then go back and read the actual blog. The pics make me want to make the recipe. Shouldn't you be getting paid for that? LOL
Nov. 16, 2010 9:51 am
Pam as always, looks delish!!
Nov. 19, 2010 8:06 pm
Once again, you've got a great spread! There are a few I'd like to try, my kids LOVE pears and 'tis the season!
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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