Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter was featured as the October bonus recipe this year. When I am recipe testing, I often have multiple batches of whatever I’m working on crowding my fridge and counter space. I started to think of other ways to use the pear butter besides the obvious toast, pancake, waffle, charcuterie platter, etc. I scooped out the middle of cupcakes and filled it with a little pear butter (yum!), used it as a filling for hand pies, and then started to think of making truffles with it after Ashley and I decided to have December’s posts be about homemade gifts. I have loved this pear butter every which way I have used it, and while this truffle recipe is time consuming, it is not difficult and makes a unique and lovely gift to share during the holidays.
One of the first posts we published for this blog featured the meat grinder attachment, and how to make your own hamburger patties. As summertime is almost upon us again, I figured it was only appropriate to delve into making homemade hamburger buns. I also found out just a few weeks ago that May is national hamburger month, so it seemed even more fitting to create a scrumptious bun for all the grilling holidays to come.
Here’s the thing: I love baking and I hate pumpkin pie, the epitome of Thanksgiving desserts. Even though Thanksgiving for most people is steeped in tradition and must-have dishes, I am always wanting to try out something I haven’t made before. Yes, there are the standards that must appear on the table: mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, and my mom’s cranberry sauce. But anything else is fair game, especially desserts! I probably peruse several dozen cooking magazines, blog sites, and cookbooks leading up to Thanksgiving to get inspired and find the perfect desserts for the upcoming feast. Cause it is a feast, and you need at least 3-4 desserts, right?