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Recipe Review: Caramel Drizzled Pear Upside Down Cake

One of the last fruits of fall, pears are usually simply too good to cook with. I eat them as they are, savoring the textured sugary taste. However, on rare occasions such as this one, I do have a few extra pears lying around. Pears are a versatile fruit: you can poach them, puree them, bake them. Poached pears a particularly lovely, and look so much more impressive than they are. But since I didn’t have anybody to impress, I went for the comfort-food alternative: coffee cake.

Katie’s Definition:

Coffee Cake, n. 1. Any cake-like substance which can be thrown together with whatever is on hand in under an hour.

This particular definition comes from childhood afternoons at grandma’s house. Grandma first started me baking at around five, and I was obsessed with making cake. Any time I forgot something and the cake turned out not-quite-right, grandma would proclaim it ‘coffee cake’. The phrase has stuck with me ever since, although I now associate it with convenience rather than mistakes.

Recipe: Carmel Drizzled Pear Upside Down Cake, Adapted from Kiran Tarun.

Post-baking comments: good, but slightly bland. Future reference: 1/2 tsp. vanilla and double the spices.




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Recipe Review – Cold Cucumber Soup by The Healthy Foodie

Due to an unexpectedly long nap in celebration of my day off from work, last nights dinner was small and served at 9 O’clock. Oh, how I suffer. The late hour meant that Stuffed, fried zucchini blossoms were postponed, and the cold cucumber soup I prepared was instead coupled with slices of toasted rye bread.

Cold Cucumber Soup, modified from a recipe by The Healthy Foodie


1 Medium English Cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 1/2 C. Greek Yogurt
1 C. Water
2 Green Onions, diced
2 tsp. Mustard
1 tsp. Horse Radish
4 Tbs. Parsley
Salt and Pepper as desired


1. Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth as possible. Strain contents.
2. Chill in refrigerator.

2 Comments: Added the straining process due to the impossibility of getting the soup smooth in the food processor. The original recipe claims that the consistency of the soup thickens significantly after chilling, something which I did not experience. How to thicken this soup???

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August 3, 2011 · 20:46