Pearfect little giveaway

Summer is in full swing here at our Rosemary Beach shop & studio! With the 4th of July just around the corner I’ve been contemplating what to make for our annual block party. My Key Lime Pie? Should I use the blackberries from my mother’s garden back in Georgia and whip up a Paula Dean style Blackberry Cobbler? Or perhaps this is a good time to make my first attempt at Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream? Decisions, decisions.

With all of these recipes milling about in the back of mind I suddenly had a vision of an old, old recipe I grew up on-Southern Pear Salad. This is no gourmet dish, but if you have spent any time around  family style Southern cooking then chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about. These  little pears in our shop are a sweet reminder of those times with family & friends as a little girl without a care in world. At only 5″ tall one would look perfect on your kitchen window sill or maybe as an addition to your favorite grouping somewhere?

How to Enter:
Comment on this post & tell us what your favorite Summer Recipe is-so simple! It can be a classic you grew up on or a new favorite you just discovered. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact the lucky winner and harass you all for the amazing recipes to come. You have until Monday, June 27 at 5:00pm Central Time to comment & then we will select our winner at random to be announced on the blog next week.

Good Luck & happy first week of Summer!!
-Bess

45 thoughts on “Pearfect little giveaway

  1. What a nice giveaway! That pear would be perfect in my new kitchen!! Humm…have so many it would be a toss up between a lobster roll salad on a fresh soft squishy hot dog bun or the recipe I have had for a long time for key lime pie with the double thick graham cracker crust…both are out of this world and both are things I make sure I eat not once, not twice but several times throughout the summer!

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  2. My favorite sweet treat is something we discovered while living in New Zealand called Neenish Tarts. They’re really great to serve at soirees on the patio in the Spring and Summer!

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  3. hi there! my favorite summer recipe homemade zucchini bread — using zucchinis that are fresh out of my garden. my grandmother used to make it for us as children and now i make it for my little girl. so yummy warmed up with a little pat of butter!

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  4. I would vote for the Blackberry Cobbler! You don’t get blackberries every day from your mother’s garden in Georgia!!! I’m a huge fan of cobbler! I make peach cobbler when we have company and is always a big hit! So easy! Gotta get over there and see what’s new!

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  5. My favorite Summer Recipe is my mother’s Layered Salad. It’s super easy, can be made ahead of time, and is a crowd pleaser! Basically, fill a bowl with lettuce, spread a layer of Mayo over the lettuce (don’t be shy with it!), then sprinkle peas over the top (they can be frozen if you’re making it ahead of time, they will thaw quickly, or if you’re going to serve immediately, thaw them before adding them), then sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese as the next layer (don’t skimp on this either!), and finally sprinkle cooked and crumbled bacon over the top (again, don’t be shy with it!). Super simple, but it tastes good. Enjoy! Christine

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  6. Okay, rereading I see I need to post the recipe!

    Quick Fruit Cobbler
    1 stick of oleo
    1 c. sugar
    3/4 c. milk
    1 c. flour
    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    pinch of salt
    2 cups of fresh fruit of any kind

    Melt stick of oleo in 8 x 8 baking dish. Make thin batter in the dish and add fruit. Stir just a few times. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes to an hour. Crust will rise to the top. Remove when top is golden brown. It’s really delicious with ice cream or whip topping.

    I grew up on this recipe that my Grandmother and my mother used!

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  7. Yummy key lime pie! I make a scrumptious one too. But I must say, nothing says summertime like homemade peach ice cream. And I remember pear salads very well…. Haven’t heard about them or seen them since my grandmother passed away… I think we will have some on Sunday with her fried chicken recipe in her honor. Thanks for the reminder.

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  8. I have a soft spot for pears because they grow so beautifully in Oregon and I miss eating them! My favorite summer recipe isn’t a recipe at all, actually…I love to put out a great antipasto spread – olives, breads, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, salamis – so easy, looks great, and tastes even better! 🙂

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  9. Pear salad… I’m having flashbacks of many Sunday lunches at my Gramma’s! Sweet memories. One of my new fav summer starters is watermelon salsa. It is a great treat after a day out on the beach!

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  10. This perfect little pear reminds me of growing up in East Tennessee and spending time picking pears from my Grandmother’s pear tree. It is truly a symbol of all good things that come along with a southern summer.

    My favorite summer recipe below is for Tomato Pie:

    • 4 locally grown and in-season ripe, peeled tomatoes
    • 1 9 inch deep cooked pie crust (found in your freezer section)
    • 1 cup sharp cheddar (grated or shredded)
    • 1 cup mozzarella (grated or shredded)
    • 1 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
    • 10 fresh Basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
    • Salt and Pepper to season

    – Peel tomatoes, slice, season with salt and set aside to drain on paper towels.
    – Mix together cheeses and mayonnaise with fresh ground black pepper ( 1T)
    – Layer tomatoes in pie shell, with basil leaves and green onions on top
    – Spread cheese mixture on top of tomatoes and onions
    – Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until gold and bubbly!

    (Great served with fresh arugula salad on the side!)

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  11. My favorite recipe for the summer is my friend’s recipe for Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips. It is so refreshing on these hot summer days!

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  12. How pretty is this! Having our first 4th of July at the beach. I am so excited, but a little nervous with all the craziness. Doing this trip with the kiddos and without the Mr.

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  13. We moved to the South two years ago, and peaches are in abundance here. My friend (and chef) Maili Brocke came up with a beautiful Peach Cake with Sugar Shards that is scrumptious. The cake is simple to make, and oh-so-impressive with the beautiful sugar shards garnish. It is lovely. You can find the recipe here:

    http://www.kissthegroom.com/2011/02/peach-cake/

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  14. My grandmother used to make Berries and Cream, which was some rectangular construct of ladyfingers filled with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and homemade whipped cream. It was divine.

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  15. My favorite summer recipe is a fruit gratin I got from smitten kitchen. so easy & people RAVE about it. place fresh blueberries and raspberries in an oven proof container (1-2 pkgs of each depending on how many you are feeding). top with sour cream; just enough to cover the top with apx 1/2 inch all around. an inch covering would be fine too, I’m sure. top with brown sugar and place under the broiler until the sugar melts and bubbles. this only takes about 5-8 minutes. watch it closely. serve immediately & enjoy your guest’s reaction!
    kristincita1@comcast.net

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  16. Strawberry Pretzel Salad! A refreshing summer dessert that can also be served side salad. It is a dessert everyone loves.

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  17. Fried Green Tomatoes are an easy summer favorite!!!

    4 large green tomatoes fresh from the garden
    self rising flour
    salt & pepper
    canola, peanut or vegetable oil

    wash & dry tomatoes
    slice to desired thickness (usually approx.1/4 inch)
    roll in self rising flour, cover entire surface
    heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet
    fry until golden brown
    place on paper towels to drain
    salt & pepper to desired taste immediately after cooking

    enjoy!!

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  18. I guess Fried Green Tomatoes are not a very good selection for a picnic, but you can eat them while you try to think of something good for the picnic!!! Maybe tomato sandwiches or BLTs for the picnic!! or Tomaten Salat!!! homemade tomato salsa??….or homemade biscuits, sliced tomatoes, fresh off the grill pork tenderloin sandwiches!!!

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  19. I’d love to make that pie! My favorite quickie summer dish is watermelon, feta, cracked pepper, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Sooo good!

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  20. I just recently moved out to Colorado from Alabama and my favorite summertime recipe has to be a tomato pie (with tomatoes from my garden of course) with a huge glass of sweet tea! No one out here has heard of such a thing! Can you believe that? They just don’t know what they are missing back home!

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  21. I actually have 2. Blueberry Cream Cake and Apple Pizza. I just made them for a brunch I hosted and they were both a BIG hit. Yummy!!!!!

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  22. My favorite is so easy – grilled haloumi cheese served on watermelon, just grill the cheese on each side for a few minutes, place on a square of watermelon and serve to excited guests. Haloumi is a greek cheese that one can find at any decent grocery.

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  23. I’ve actually been looking online for a lovely pear to have in my home and here you go with this great giveaway!!! Two of my favorite summer recipes are very different from each other. One is a cucumber tomato salad and the other is a berry trifle that uses angle food cake, etc. It’s very light and refreshing and just delicious but it’s not good for you at all! LOL!

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  24. I also make Blackberry Cobbler. My family requests it often. However, today for a family gathering, I’m making a lemon icebox pie w/fresh red raspberries and blackberries as a topping. We’ll see if this is a winner or not. I’m hoping so.
    Love, love, love that little pear! It would be perfect in my country kitchen.

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  25. Love that sweet pear! My favorite recipe comes from Sara Foster of Foster’s Market (seriously, though, anything she makes is amazing). It is a cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad with oregano vinaigrette. Absolute perfection!

    Oh, and congrats on the Trad Home mention. Y’all are so talented.

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  26. Love that sweet pear!

    My favorite summer recipe comes from Sara Foster of Foster’s Market (anything she makes is amazing) – it is a cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad with oregano vinaigrette. Absolute perfection!

    Congrats on the Trad Home mention! Y’all are SO talented.

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  27. My favorite summer recipe is homemade ice cream with a basic vanilla base. Throw in whatever fruit you want and voila…a perfect summer treat!

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  28. My family’s famous – Black Bean Salsa – So simple and healthy!
    Black beans, corn, red onion, cilantro, and tomatoes. Mix together and add red wine vinegar, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips or as a salad.

    YUM!

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  29. I love to make Guacamole. I planted my first (very small) garden this summer to support my addiction 🙂 Saturday I got to use cilantro from my garden, but I have to wait a while longer for my tomatos, peppers and onions! Homemade Sangria is the perfect drink complement!

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  30. Cucumber tomato salad with fresh-from-the-farm produce is my favorite summer dish! I keep a bowl of it in the refrigerator most all the time! Delish!

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  31. I think my new favorite dish is Paige’s sage corn and chicken farfalle pasta. I always have seconds whenever she is dishing some up in her kitchen.

    hugs,

    Sheila

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  32. Simple Summer trifle:
    layer torn up pieces of angel food cake, mixture of 1/2 yogurt 1/2 cool whip or whipped cream and sliced berries. top with a layer of cool whip (whip cream) and decorate with fresh berries. Simple, yummy, light and summer!

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  33. I love bourbon pork tenderloin on the grill –

    2 pounds trimmed pork tenderloin
    1 C. Diced onion
    1/4 C. olive oil
    3 T. soy sauce
    1 T. Worcestershire sauce
    3-4 cloves crushed garlic
    1/4 C. brown sugar
    3 T. Dijon mustard
    1/4 C. Jack Daniels

    Combine all ingredients in a zip lock bag and marinate pork 6 hours up to overnight, Grill until meat is 160 degrees

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