Comforting the Sick


We all had it bad this weekend.

The dreaded flu. With it's reputation for achy joints, chills, congestion, fatigue, and pounding headaches.

Saturday morning rolled around and I remembered the food co-op that we participate in. We are expected at the pick-up location promptly at 8:30am and if we are more then 20min late they donate it to someone who needs it.

I jerked open my burning watery eyes at 8:35 and ran to find Easy...

Can I take a time out here and tell you what a great man I married? He was tending all three girls in their room so I could sleep. All three were fed. All three were content. Not only that, but the night before when I downed some Nyquil and hit the pillow at 8:30pm he went out to get me an Odwalla, Zinc, and Emergen-C to remedy my sick soul in the morning. - I just love that guy.

Okay, so I remind him about the co-op and he's out the door in less than 30 seconds. We needed that fresh produce - me and my three sick kids...desperately.

He comes home with a pineapple, a bag of Bosc pears, 2 Asian pears, apples, kiwis, Anaheim peppers, 3 Butternut squash's, a bunch of asparagus, a bunch of spinach, a head of Romaine, a pint of cherry tomatoes, and 5 tangelo's.


That's right $15, I'm not making this stuff up folks.

So Sunday rolls around and the nasty Flu takes my husband out, meanwhile we are all on the mend slowly, but surely.


Anyway, I'm in the mood to bake up some of these pears and I find the perfect recipe - some much needed comfort food for this sick house. Plus it gave me a chance to use up some of fresh this Arizona citrus lying around the house. :)

Winter Apple and Pear Crisp

adapted from the Barefoot Contessa

4 ripe Bosc pears
2 Asian pears
3 Granny Smith apples

1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Peel, core, and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

For the topping:

Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.

Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.

*The hint of citrus combined with the apples and pears is what made this blog-worthy for me. Really, you have to try it!

*I think when I make this again I'll try and do a more healthy version. I'd take out a lot of the butter and sugar for the topping and add more oats, some flax, and whole wheat flour. Mmmmm!


the crew said...

sorry to hear you've all been sick.

We love, love, love the co-op here!

take care.

banananutmeg said...

seriously? $15??? I'm intrigued, and now wonder if such a coop exists around here...

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