Blue Cheese & Brie Fondue with Korean Pears

 

3 ways to be the best you.

1.  STOP comparing yourself to others.  Do not watch the Victoria Secret Runway show.  Last time I checked there isn’t another person on the planet like you.  Your eyes, your smile, your laugh, your flaws & talents … you are a unique-perfect-one-of-a-kind superstar.  Own it!

2. Take the time to remember who you really are.  Don’t be one of those people who goes through life saying, ” I really shouldn’t be so…”.  Admit it,  you like bad movies like “Nacho Libre” and “Wayne’s World”, can’t get enough Macaroni & Cheese. but hate cottage cheese.  You have a heart for old people, dogs, and homeless people on the street, but that PTA mom better not ask you for another $$$.  Seriously, she needs to get a life!   It’s okay, embrace all of you and give yourself permission to just be you.

3. Smile at yourself in the mirror and be your own biggest fan.  The quality of your thoughts and what you say to yourself will determine the quality of your life.  If you believe  that you are fabulous, then others will too. Wake up and go to sleep giving yourself a high-five.  Say to yourself: “Great job, you are AWESOME!”    And lastly, take compliments from others with a vibrant smile and happily agree with a confident thank you.

Korean pears are not trying to be a pear or an apple.  You could compare their flavor to pear or an apple, but better-juicier-crisper.  Let’s just say a Korean pear tastes like …  a Korean pear, you just have to try them for yourself.   They know they are a unique-perfect-one-of-a-kind-juicy star who shines in the produce world.  I couldn’t think of a better way to serve them than just as they are.  Sliced cold and served with a complimentary creamy blue cheese fondue.  Korean pears are available through Melissa’s Produce and a local market near you.

Blue cheese and Brie Fondue
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons organic unbleached flour
  • 12 ounces chilled Brie cheese, rind removed
  • 4 ounces chilled crumbled blue cheese - divided
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 Melissa's Korean pears, cut into slices or wedges
  • Grapes, Strawberries, Sliced bread
Instructions
  1. Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat. Add in the olive oil and once hot, add in the shallots. Stir to combine and sweat the shallots until soft and translucent - about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the wine to the shallots and stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl toss the cheese with the flour. Reduce the heat to low and add the brie and half of the blue cheese and thyme into the simmering wine in batches. Whisk to combine until smooth - about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining blue cheese and black pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm with Asian pear slices, grapes, strawberries, and bread.

 

 

 

 

4 comments… add one

  • Dorothy at Shockingl November 14, 2012, 4:08 pm

    This is perfect in every way.

  • Nancy@acommunaltable November 14, 2012, 6:39 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with Dorothy… definitely needed your advice this morning!!

  • Lana November 17, 2012, 2:40 am

    I have to remember these tree pearls of wisdom every day:)
    And you are right, Korean pears are the best just the way they are, juicy, crispy and refreshing:)
    Lovely photos!

  • sippitysup November 25, 2012, 4:27 pm

    When I look in the mirror all I see is a Korean pear. GREG

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