Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spiced Cran-Peary Compote


It's been about 3 months since I started blogging, and I'll never forget the terror I felt when I published my first post. It was an anniversary post, a "real life" post, comparing houses to husbands. And I loved it! But, to be honest, I didn't want anyone else to read it!
And, to be honest, I really didn't want anyone  to read any of my posts for a while....so much so that even when my dear friend and fellow blogger Lisa (of Wine & Glue) asked if she could promote my blog, I told her no! (That's crazy, right? You NEVER turn down a promotion...!)

I would imagine I'm not alone in feeling a bit "exposed" at the beginning. There's something both awesome and awful about publishing your own words and ideas. You are opening yourself up to anything and everything - good and bad - and it's scary!


But right around the 3 month mark something shifted. Not only do I really want people to read my posts now (!) but I also started to feel ready for a challenge - a way to stretch myself and grow as a blogger. It's interesting how things come your way when you start looking for them...because within a week I was asked to help host a giveaway (find out more here) and I ran across this challenge:

White Lights on Wednesdays

On a side note, I've actually had nightmarish dreams before about being on Top Chef and having NO IDEA what I was doing........ but somehow that didn't stop me from entering the challenge.

The nice thing about this challenge was that we were given plenty of time AND it was left wide open! My mom mentioned the idea of a compote (something I've never made before) and I loved it! So here goes....my first attempt at a cooking challenge and a compote :)


Spiced Cran-Peary Compote
4 large firm pears, peeled & chopped
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. allspice

1.Combine water, sugar, vanilla & spices in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 
2. Boil, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. 
3. Add pears & cranberries and return to a boil. 
4. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until fruit is tender and mixture has thickened.
5. Remove from heat. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
6. Use immediately over french toast, waffles, or oatmeal OR store in fridge until breakfast!

Enjoy! 



Looking for another great breakfast recipe? Check out my Baked Blueberry Oatmeal!






Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy

27 comments :

  1. I bet mixing the sweetness of the pears and the tartness of the cranberries makes for a nice combination. It looks pretty too. I'm going to have to move closer to you, so I can be one of your taste-testers.

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  2. Hi Cathy! This looks delicious!! I always have the ingredients on hand! I'm Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines and I am nominating you for The Liebster Blog Award! To find out more about this award go to; http://www.turnips2tangerines.com/2013/01/liebster-blog-award.html Congrats!

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  3. Cathy... yes yes yes! This is looking mighty fine lady! Totally going to have to try this for sure! Thank you for cooking with us!
    Jen

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    1. Thanks, Jen! And thanks for co-hosting - this was fun! :)

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  4. Hi Cathy, This recipe looks awesome. I love to make fruit compotes for my pancakes and french toast. They are great to make when you are having a Sunday brunch with family.

    I'm a new follower and would love it if you stopped by when you have a chance.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! Yes - my kids LOVE it - a nice alternative to syrup :) I'll definitely stop by!

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  5. Ummmm . . . if memory serves . . . I think I went ahead and posted about your blog anyway! Oooops!! :)

    This looks yummy!! I want it all over some buttery toast!

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    1. Ha! I got over it at some point...good thing!!

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  6. This looks really good....On a side note, my blog is officially one month old, and I know how your feel about being exposed! It's funny...I don't mind if complete strangers or "online friends" are reading my blog, but I'm terrified to send my web address to my real life friends! So scary!

    I'm your newest follower via GFC. Please come visit me over at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

    Good Luck!

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    1. Thanks, Kira! And nice to meet you - glad I'm not the only one who has had blogger jitters.... haha :)

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  7. That looks so tasty! What a great way to make breakfast extra special. Glad you joined in on the challenge this time :)

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    1. Thanks Monica! I'm glad I joined too - it was fun!!

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  8. Catching up on commenting on the second half of the entries for the GYCO challenge - this looks so yummy! And I love your post - I have only been blogging since 10/1 so I can relate! (and interestingly, I JUST started following Lisa at Wine & Glue this eve due to someone else sharing her post today on Twitter!! Small web! :) ) I had actually already started following you on FB due to a giveaway last week or so!

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    1. It is a small web! Lol :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  9. Oh my God! Having such a compote in the fridge would be a temptation!!!!!!! I do love cranberries and the way they match with other fruits....... I think I HAVE to make it!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Clara! It's so good on so many things...:) Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again!

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  10. YUM! I love making preserves, and this combination is so tasty! Thank you for sharing the recipe :-)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Leisa! Hope you come back! :)

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  11. Wow, this looks so amazing and delicious!! Can't wait to try this one. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Love the great recipes. :)

    Kathy

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  12. Yummo! We found you via Someday Crafts - Whatever goes Wednesday.

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  13. Thanks for linking this super recipe with What to Do Weekends. Please come back this week. Best wishes, Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/01/what-to-do-weekends-3.html

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  14. The exposing thing does get easier as time goes on...

    This would be lovely on crackers!

    Visiting from 504.
    <3
    Nicolette

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  15. Mmmm, yummy! Happy 3 months! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. Oh this sounds so good! Forget about Nutella or Peanut Butter, if you can have something amazing like that on your bread! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - see you there this week again with more deliciousness :)

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