Poached Pear Recipe

Pear. Copyright L.V.O'Connell.

Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce

Pear. Copyright L.V.O'Connell.
Pear. Photo L.V.O’Connell

This crock pot version is a holiday twist on one of our morning favorites.

Serves: 4 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger root
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 firm, organic Bartlett or Bosc pears
  • Cinnamon, for garnish

Directions:

Stir together the sugar, ginger and butter and place in the crock pot.

Peel the pears, cut in half lengthwise, and use a melon baller to remove the core.  Then remove the stem and trim the bottom.

Gently toss the pears with the sugar mixture in the slow cooker, and layer them cut side down.

Cook on high for 2 hours or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Spoon the sauce over the top pears once during cooking.

Transfer the pears to a bowl.

Prepare the Salted Cape Caramel Sauce Recipe.

Place 1-2 pear halves per person on individual plates. Spoon a bit of sauce over the pears, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Halloween in Falmouth

Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, Palmer House

Just a few of our favorite trick-or-treaters out in the Trick or Treat Parade, the Night Watchman’s Tour, and Falmouth’s Village of Scarecrows at Halloween in Falmouth this year.

Halloween Reaper
Halloween Reaper

 

Falmouth’s Village of Scarecrows will be on display through November 15, 2014.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of Halloween adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

8 Tips for Serving a Holiday Feast

Tips for serving a holiday feast.
Tips for serving a holiday feast.
Tips for serving a holiday feast.

Are you planning on serving a holiday feast to a group friends and/or family over the holidays? Nervous? Don’t worry. Whether it’s a group of old friends or new friends, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner; here are some tips to keep the event running smoothly and to keep your stress as host or hostess to a minimum.

  1. Focus on one dish. Make sure that only one item on the menu is complicated. All other dishes need to be quick, simple to prepare, or prepared ahead of time. This is a good rule to follow for any meal from breakfast through to dinner. This way you can focus on the central dish, get it just right, and make it magnificent.
  2. Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.
    Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.

    Plan your meal. By coordinating the food colors, garnishes, and flavors across courses can really make a meal memorable. A sprig of spearmint really pops when placed on top of a scoop of cranberry sorbet. A bit of dill looks crisp when placed beside a dollop of cranberry-tomato chutney.

  3. Divide the tasks. Inevitably, someone arrives early and wants to help. Have them open the wine, set the table, cut vegetables,… If you have small tasks already thought through it’s easy to hand them over. This makes the meal go smoothly, and the guest feels useful.
  4. Choose the table linens and dishes to show off the food. For example, white plates are striking when serving a brightly yellow breakfast casserole, bacon strips, a corn muffin. Then add bright red tomato wedges and a leaf of basil along one side. Next sprinkle paprika around the plate’s rim and you have an eye-catching presentation.
  5. Create a theme for your meal. The theme can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. The Palmer House is in New England. I try to use local products in my cooking. We serve cranberry sorbet, cranberry nut muffins and cranberry-tomato chutney. Corn muffins, corn pudding, pumpkin pancakes and blueberry muffins. These offerings are all very popular. with our guests. New England maple syrup is also served with all of our pancakes, French toasts and waffles. On Independence Day we always serve Belgian waffles with strawberry topping. We sprinkle the waffle with blueberries and put whipped cream on the top. The waffle is served on a white plate that is dusted with a cinnamon-sugar blend. We then dust the waffle with powdered sugar and top it  with a miniature American flag.
  6. Test new dishes ahead of time. Always make a dry run for each of the dishes to be served. I find that the first few times that I prepare a new addition to the Palmer House Inn’s menu, I always have changes and I record the changes on the pages in my recipe book.
  7. Preparation, preparation, preparation. Do as much preparation as is possible ahead of time. Count out dishes and place doilies on serving plates. Place platters and serving utensils together. Have hot plates and warming trays in position and make sure the cords reach the plugs. Arrange flowers, roll or fold napkins, choose candles and holders. Also, make sure that you have matches at the ready. At the Palmer House Inn, one of our favorite fruit courses is a fresh berry fruit cup. The day before the cup is to be served we count out the parfait cups and place paper doilies on the serving dishes. They are then stacked and placed on a side counter. We wash and cut red and green grapes and refrigerate them in a covered bowel over night. All the other berries are washed and fresh-cut just before they are served. We top the berries with freshly harvested spearmint from the Palmer House’s organic herb garden.

    Romantic Champagne in Waterford
    Romantic Champagne in Waterford.
  8. Have fun. If you aren’t enjoying the process of preparing food and setting the meal, neither will the guests. One of the best lessons that I have learned during nearly a decade of serving breakfasts at the Palmer House is to keep smiling. Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t let errors throw you. Improvise, make do, make the best of it. Apologize for a mistake. Most folks realize that you are doing your best and understand a mishap.

Have fun, if you aren’t enjoying the process of preparing food and setting the meal, neither will the guests. One of the best lessons that I have learned during nearly a decade of serving breakfasts at the Palmer House is, keep smiling. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not let errors throw you. Improvise, make do, make the best of it. In the end it is all about good friends and good food.

If you’re not up to doing the cooking, come to Falmouth, where we’ll be having our own little Fall Harvest Tastings.

More Serving a Holiday Feast Links


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of festivities on Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.