Which Pear Wins the Taste Test?

We have a new pear queen, as I bequeathed my position to 8 year old Chloe at the end of a splendid learning session about pears.  As part of our pear fun, we had a taste test with Chloe, her mom and myself.  I was surprised at the kinds of pears that unanimously came in first and second place.

The Bosc pear was the winner and the red anjou came in second place.  Bartlett pears may have done better if they had been in season.

The red Anjou has always been a favorite pear of mine but I’ve tended to avoid the tan Bosc pear with it’s elongated neck.  I’ll definitely buy them now that I know how delicious they are.  They are also great for cooking because they hold their shape so well.  They have a succulent, juicy flavor and have the least obtrusive skin texture and taste better than the other pears in our taste test.

Try a taste test of your own.  Remember to check the necks for ripeness; pears ripen after they have been picked, not on the tree like apples.  Barrette pears are the only pears that change colors as they ripen (from green to yellow or brighter red depending on the type of Bartlett pear). See my Precious Pear post for more pear specifics.

Taste tests are a fun, positive way to have children try new and unfamiliar foods. Have them rate the foods in order of how much they like them. There is always a winner and there is only one food that comes in last place.

Nutmeg!

It feels like the holidays start the day after Halloween! Fortunately, the holidays are accompanied with all sorts of yummy treats and festive foods. One particularly aromatic spice that brings in holiday cheer is nutmeg.

Healthy Challenge: December 2010

Oyster October

"Les Poisson, les poisson, 'ow I looove les poisson!" That Little Mermaid song is dang funny even if it is somewhat macabre... October is National Seafood Month! If you're new to Foods with Judes, you will soon find out I have a great love for our underwater friends, both to protect and to eat! Seafood has extremely positive effects on our health and brain function. You can learn more about why this is true, in addition to other clarifying mercury tidbits in a previous article, "Seafood Newsflash." I could go on for days about health benefits of different kinds of seafood, but this month's healthy challenge will focus particularly on oysters. Don't worry - you don't have to eat them raw.

Healthy Challenge: December 2010

15-Minute Roasted Mexican Soup

I can't get enough of this 15-minute soup. It tastes like it been roasting for hours and it has, but by Trader Joe's and not by you! It’s quick and sooo good. You might be able to find these roasted veggies at other stores, but you will for sure find all the ingredients at Trader Joe's. It's a soup-er healthy, zippy, meal hack. This soup can be left chunky or blended smooth, either way it taste soup-perb. The blended version is perfect for those picky eaters who don't appreciate onions, bell peppers or black beans. Shhhh, they'll never know if you don't tell them. Top it with cheese, cilantro, avocados and/or tortilla chips or don’t add a thing to it. It’s a flexible meal using frozen ingredients that you can keep on hand and made on the spot.

Quick & Healthy Meal Hack