Daily Archives: December 14, 2014

Pink Lady and Pear Sauce


Those of you who know me, are aware that I love fruit! I craved pineapple when I was pregnant with the boys, and always travel with little clementines in my purse.

A favorite apple of mine is the Pink Lady. They have a beautiful pink skin and  their crisp sweet taste is just delicious. They are a fantastic apple to use in sauce, since they don’t get too mushy. I added a little bit of sugar, but I bet you could omit it, if you are trying to keep things healthy.

This Pink lady Pear Sauce, also uses another favorite fruit, the mini Secklund Pears. They are just super cute and delicious. They give this apple sauce a nice little spin. Once you realize how simple it is to make fresh applesauce, you will never again purchase it in a jar!

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Lita’s Latkes

The Butcher and I are fortunate to have a large circle of wonderful family and friends. We also happen to be lucky with fantastic neighbors. Lyle and Lita live in the house next to ours and even share our wedding anniversary date… so we feel a special connection. Lita is a talented cook and baker. Actually, I think the first day that we met, she was bringing us an apple cake that she had baked to celebrate our new home.

In honor of Hanukkah, Lita has shared her favorite Latke recipe. Never having made potato latkes before, I was surprised at how simply they came together.

The one thing to keep in mind is that the Latkes should be made just before they are served. You want to be sure that they are served hot and crispy!

I think they would also be great to put out as an appetizer while your guests are arriving and enjoying a cocktail.


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Sweet Tomato Braised Brisket

My challenge this year, of cooking every cut of meat that The Butcher has to offer, has really opened my eyes to how food and certain dishes shape our families. People are drawn to gatherings by special dishes that are prepared, sometimes just for that certain holiday and enjoyed only once a year.

Coming from an Italian and Irish background we celebrate Christmas in our home, but this year I have been preparing holiday dishes that our customers will be eating at their homes. So, it seems fitting that I prepare a customary dish from Hanukkah as well.

Bare with me, I’m sure the recipe that I have prepared is not completely traditional, but it certainly is super tasty!

When I asked for a first cut Brisket, The Butcher sent me home with a D’Artagnan, Painted Hills All Natural Brisket. I should not have been surprised at how amazing it turned out, just because of the quality of the D’Artagnan product….but wow! We devoured this Sweet Tomato Braised Brisket!


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