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Apple Pear Pie

My family really enjoys eating lots of fruit throughout the year.  In the fall, we love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg filling the kitchen.   One of the treats that we really enjoy is an Apple Pear Tart.  I personally love this dessert since I’ve modified it to be healthier and it tastes wonderful.  Especially with a heaping pile of whipped cream to accompany it.  In essence, it just feels right when the leaves are changing color and the air becomes chillier.



Crust and Filling

  • 1 Deep Dish Pie crust
  • 2 Medium Bartlett Pears
  • 2 Medium Gala Apples
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (do not use quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup Truvia
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter (cold)



  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Take the pie shell out of the freezer.
  3. Slice the pears and apples in half and core them.  I typically leave the skins on but if you don’t like skins, peel the pears and apples.
  4. Slice the pears and apples into very thin slices.  Try and get them to the same thickness if possible.  You can do this using a mandolin, otherwise just do it freehand (my preference).
  5. In the pie crust, alternate putting apple and pear slices down in a circular pattern.  Do this until you have exhausted your supply of apples and pears.
  6. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg and cinnamon.
  7. Put in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  8. While the pie is baking, prepare the topping.  Cut the butter into really small pieces (as small as you can without melting it).
  9. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugar and oats together.  You can do this with your hands.  Make sure that the oats are well coated.
  10. After 35 minutes of baking, pull the pie out of the over and put the topping on evenly.  Put back in the over and bake for another 15 minutes.
  11. That’s it!  Take the pie our and enjoy.  I strongly recommend serving with this a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of some cinnamon for decoration.
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Apple Glazed Pork Chop

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare a pork chop.  Its really simple, but tastes delicious!



  • 4-6 oz Pork Chop (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice or Apple Cider
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (Dijon can also be used)
  • 2 T. canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Pat the Pork chops so that they are dry on both sides.  Season one side of each pork chop generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the canola oil up a 12 inch pan on medium-high heat.
  3. After the pan is hot, put the pork chops in (seasoned side down).  The goal here is to sear the seasoning onto the pork chop.  Season the top of the chops generously with salt and pepper.
  4. After 5-6 minutes of searing on one side, turn the pork chops to sear the other side with seasoning into the pork chop.  Wait another 5-6 minutes.
  5. Remove the pork chops from the pan and put it on a plate to rest.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium.  Add the minced garlic to the pan and stir to heat.  Do not let it burn!
  7. Pour the apple juice into the pan to deglaze.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pane.
  8. Add the yellow mustard and stir to incorporate into the sauce.
  9. Turn the heat up to concentrate the sauce.  The resulting sauce should be syrupy.
  10. Turn the heat down to medium.  Add the pork chops back into the pan and turn them several times to warm and glazed them.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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