One of my favorite simple-simple desserts, just pears sautéed gently in a little maple syrup and flecked with ginger. It's a light touch for a bite of sweetness for a weeknight dessert, also wonderful on pancakes and in smoothies.
So yes, autumn is settling in here in Missouri, the leaves showing signs of color to come. Soon those leaves will flutter from on high. Soon, as we walk, the dog will push her nose into piles of leaves that line the streets. Is that the scent of a mouse? another dog? or just the fun of nosing crackly bits of fresh air and dying chlorophyll? The sounds of crickets – or are they katy-dids? – emerge from cracks alongside the house. A box turtle has taken up winter residence in a window well.
Here in eastern Missouri, we’re blessed by four seasons. Is fall the most wondrous of all?
EASY-EASY PEAR SAUCE
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 4, easily adapted for 1 or 2 or many
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar-free syrup
- 4 ripe pears, cored and sliced
- Sprinkle of powdered ginger
- Juice of 2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
In a skillet, combine the maple syrup, pears and ginger, gently cook until the pears are warmed through and soft, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and corn starch. Stir into the warm pears and cook for about 1 minute, until slightly thick and bubbly.
Serve alone warm, or draped over yogurt, or alongside warm gingerbread, or as a pancake syrup. Any leftover? The next morning, whiz the pear sauce with a little milk for a pear smoothie.
This Week, Years Past
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This Week, Elsewhere
What's Fall LIke in Your Part of the World?
Let me know in the comments!
In the Missouri countryside, fall color reaches its peak in mid- to late-October. These photos were taken last year in the Missouri Ozarks in a wild place mostly used for hunting and fishing. But it's warmer in the 'heat island' of St. Louis and the trees are different, so color won't reach its peak in the city until the last week in October or even the first week in November.
left - Leaves reflecting off the lake.
right - Brilliant color in the woods.
top - Leaves in a spring-fed stream.
bottom - My dog Lady between fronds of goldenrod.
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