Pear Crisp…and One Busy Summer

Whew! Where has this summer gone? This has to have been the busiest summer ever on record for me. Here it is, the middle of August, and I’m just now starting to slow things down and relax a little. Like, slightly.

So what have I been up to? I’ve been working pretty hard. For starters, I turned in the manuscript for my first cookbook (a panini press cookbook, along the lines of my other blog, Panini Happy, due out next year – woo hoo!). That was an enormous project, my grills were pretty much going nonstop as I approached the finish line. One upshot to having a profusion of ingredients on hand: pretty darn awesome fridge clean-out pizzas (hello chard, smoked mozzarella, homemade marinara and speck!).

Also on my plate this summer (do you like these food puns?) – cooking on television. Two live TV cooking segments and one recorded promotional demo later, I’ve discovered that I enjoy being in front of the camera as well as behind it. Here’s my most recent demo, for the Pear Crisp recipe I’m sharing today (click the image to go to the video):

My Pear Crisp demo on San Diego Living
These TV segments have been far less intimidating than I’d imagined they would be. Usually it’s only the host and a few camera people and crew in the room, so it’s like we’re just making fun videos (like the mock commercials my sisters and I used to make with our family’s camcorder growing up). But ask me if I’m still comfortable one day when I’m doing this in front of a live audience – it may be a different story!

Aside from my cooking activities this summer, I judged two food competitions at the San Diego Fair (cake and chocolate – it can hardly count as “work”) and there have been six children’s birthday parties, a baby shower (yay) and a deposition (ugh) to attend. Yes, it’s definitely time to put my feet up for a little bit and load a scoop of ice cream on top of this Pear Crisp. And, yes, booze will quite likely appear in my next post, ha ha.

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  1. Amanda wrote:

    How awesome girl! Love that video!! This pear crisp looks amazing, I am totally swooning! 🙂

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  2. You sure have had a busy summer! Love the TV appearances… so cool! If there’s anything that can give you a reason to sit back and relax for a few minutes, I think this crisp can do it.

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  3. looks great Kathy and great appearance!

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  4. I totally need to look for you on TV! And I suppose I should get my butt out there and do the TV thing too. Like you, I think I’ll be a little intimidated at first. Great job with it all!

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  5. Eliana wrote:

    Sounds like a busy (but joyous) summer! And this crisp – just lovely.

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  6. Mmm… love a good crisp, especially with a big scoop of ice cream!

    Posted 8.9.12 Reply
  7. Carolyn wrote:

    Oooh, pear crisp! Love that take on my favourite apple crisp.

    Posted 8.10.12 Reply
  8. Jeanette wrote:

    You have been a busy bee this summer – so glad you are finally finding a little time to relax (a little). I’ve really enjoyed watching your TV segments – you’re great on camera!

    Posted 8.12.12 Reply
  9. This recipe is certainly equally valid for fall when there are so many good pears! I would for sure choose the dried cherries for this recipe, they are very popular around my house.

    Posted 11.3.12 Reply