Spending time in the Places In The Home kitchen on a fall afternoon coincides with traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning rooted in memories dating back to the little kitchen in our first home where my love of developing recipes inspired by the tastes of the fall ~autumn season all began.
Designing, decorating and stocking the kitchen, pantry and cupboard with personal style, staples and spices became an adventure in discovery of taste and tastes. When fall comes around each year, the memories flood my mind reminding me these are special times for making fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.
The crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears from the produce section of our local Kroger colorfully complemented my fall dining room decorating scheme, but as it goes with fresh fruit and shelf life, nothing lasts forever.
Once photographed and admired, it’s time to give thought to delicious ways of putting a seasonal spin on it.
Tradition is the key ingredient of my recipes. The recipes and kitchen philosophies of my great grandmother, my darling Mama Two, inspire and influence the salads, entrees and desserts developed and prepared in the Places In The Home test kitchen.
I leave myself a mixing bowl full of wiggle room by referring to the Places In The Home kitchen as a test kitchen. If a recipe exceeds taste expectations, my kitchen is the culinary kingdom in which I rule over complete with crown roast and wooden spoon scepter. If a recipe fails, then my kitchen is simply a test kitchen where taste perfection is not an absolute and I remind the family that Domino’s delivers.
A jar of Mrs. Bridges fig preserves is my autumn jam. Fig and pear preserves were a Mama Two staple, especially in her baked goods that I associate with fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning. Isn’t it funny the things that play traditional fall favorites with our memory? It’s a question asked and deliciously answered by the fresh pear salad with sour cream, fig preserves and honey I came up with.
The taste of fall on an vintage porcelain dessert plate.
Slice a fresh pair of your flavor choice in two. Using a spoon, gently spoon out the center of each pear half. Place each pear halves core side up on a plate. Spoon ½-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice over pear halves. Spoon a generous dollop of sour cream into center of each pear half. Top sour cream with 1 heaping teaspoon of fig preserves. Lightly drizzle honey over pear halves.
A perfect union of flavors for a fresh fall salad option, and a gathering of ideas for fall kitchen style, spice and seasoning.