9.27.2008

Partying at Heidi's

I am excited to be a part of Heidi's Autumn Tablescapes and Recipes today. Thank you Heidi for hosting this fun day. I know there is going to be some fantastic eye candy to see. Click on Heidi's name and it will take you to her blog for a list of all participating bloggers. My tablescape scene is actually on my entry way table. Probably about 10 years ago I made the Halloween flower pot for a party I was hosting. I pulled it out back in early September after not using it for years. I had painted a clay flower pot shiny black and stuffed it with styrofoam. I found these shiny plastic white ghosts which I glued onto the pot. The styrofoam is covered with twisted up black crepe paper and I just inserted bare tree limbs in it and tied a French wired black ribbon around it. The black candles I saw at Whim & Fancy Designs Etsy store. When I saw them I knew they would be perfect paired with the old black flower pot for a spooktacular vignette. Ann-Denise of Whim and Fancy makes the most incredible creations with crepe paper. She used fringed orange crepe paper, black and orange tulle, gold Dresden trim, black witches hats and black spiders. I put the black candles in elegant crystal candle holders. Sitting in the pot is one of her Halloween egg crackers. Isn't it something else? I love the whole scene.







My recipe for today is one I made for the wedding party that was out here last Fall. It's a Pear and Gruyere Tart. It is so pretty and perfect for an Autumn dinner party or as an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner. It's kinda pricey but it makes a lot and instead of Gruyere cheese you can substitute Jarlsberg. I did a mixture of both. Also, because there is so much it is hard to mix with a little hand held mixer like I have. If you have a heavy duty mixer you will be fine, otherwise I would mix it up in halves. I make it sound complicated but it's quite easy and so beautiful. It goes great with a crisp white wine. Try it .... it's a good thing. :)





Caramelized Pear and Gruyere Torte

2 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sugar
6 large green pears, chopped
4 ( 8 oz.) packages Neufchatel cheese, softened
2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup chopped pistachio nuts

> In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in sugar and pears until well combined. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until liquid thickens and pears begin to caramelized. (Watch carefully) Remove from heat: set aside, and cool completely.

> In a medium mixing bowl, combine Neufchatel cheese and
Gruyere cheese. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.

> Line a round 8-inch cake pan with plastic wrap. Spread half of cheese mixture in bottom of pan. Spread half of pear mixture in pan; top with remaining cheese mixture; refrigerate for 1 hour.

> Invert onto serving dish, and remove from pan. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Cover sides of torte with pistachio nuts; top with remaining pears. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.


33 comments :

Dawnie said...

I love your little centerpiece. I dont have a space big enough at my entry way for a small table to show decorations of the seasons. I do have a very small table close to the entry though, I decorate that and may get more creative because it is the first thing people see upon entering our home.

Recipe sounds great!

CatHerder said...

Lynn that tart looks great, im DEFINATELY going to make that this holiday season. Im sorry, i thought i gave you the cinnabon recipe. Just go to www.copykat.com In the search box put in cinnabon recipe. When they pop up, its number 4 i believe. There are tons of them on the web...this isnt the original i used a few years ago that was much better..that got wiped from the web, and im still looking for my printed copy...if i find it i will certainly send it to you!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Pretty Fall Tablescape, Lynn! Sounds like a great recipe, too!

Connie said...

Forget the vignette! Just toss that tart out the window heading west to Idaho and I'll be in heaveeeeen, sweet chickee!!! Oh, be still my heart...caramelized pears?!?!?! Oooooooh my.
Smooches ;-)
Connie

dana said...

Oh, I LOVE your Halloween tablesetting, Lynn! That recipe looks so mouth watering, too!

Congrats on your Pink Sat. win! Dana (send me your address when you can so I can get your package in the mail!) dana

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I'm drooling over EVERYTHING. What a great table top and the tart, yummy!

LBP said...

A girl after my own heart! I love Halloween and your centerpiece is just adorable.

I happen to have a pear tree full of pears and have printed off your recipe!

Blessings

Linda

Heidi Ann said...

Good Morning Lynn, What a darling entryway arrangement!....I just love "crepe paper" & the lovely way it lends itself to holiday decorations! Your painted pot, branches & candlesticks are perfect for this season!...And your recipe will be at the top of my list to try!Thank you for joining me today! I so appreciate it!.....HeidiXO

Becky said...

Very cute tablescape and boy does that tart look fabulous!
There is much to look at today.
Isn't it fun.
Becky

Tamara Jansen said...

I Love using branches in my arrangements. They give height and architecture. Your design looks great!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your Autumn table looks beautiful. This recipe looks amazing Lynn. But oh, that Halloween flower pot really has my eye, and those cute little witches hanging on for dear life! Happy Pink Saturday, Karen

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, my mouth is just watering looking at the beautiful tart! Looks delicious! Your centerpiece is so cute! I love the candlesticks and their "dressings!" Very clever! ~RHonda :)

Dee Light said...

What a lovely centerpiece! And Yumm!! The tart looks fantastic.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great centerpiece Lynn. And oh BOY! That tart sounds sooo good.
Perfect for one of my wine dinners!! BTW, I know you asked but I can't remember if I answered. The wine dinner turned out great...even though we were without electricity from 10AM-5PM - lol.
Hugs,
Penny

LBP said...

Lynn! My pumpkin came from Williamsburg Pottery 28 years ago! Small world! It's been years since I've been back there, probably 15-16 years.

Blessings

Linda

Patti said...

What a creative and Halloween-y centerpiec idea- very cute! The tart look yummy- thanks for sharing!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Wonderful centerpiece. That torte is a scrumptious centerpiece all in itself - truly sounds divine!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I am working on some stuff this evening for Fall...my theme this year is going to be Shabby and pink.

I will be selling some stuff on First Friday~next week. My step-daughter and I went thrift shopping today and I got a haul.

In 2 weeks we have a huge street fair~wish you could come.
Your Halloween creations are great and that cake OMG~you must be a great cook!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

oops, I meant torte :)

Whim & Fancy Designs said...

Lynn! I LOVE IT! It looks fab, If I do say so myself! I am so honored that you used them in you holiday setting! Thank you! I am glad you love them so!
I am also glad you signed up for the big Halloween hoorah!
~Hugs, Ann-Denise

Jennifer said...

That is adoarble!!I just love the looks of that cake to,I bet its yummy!!Happy Fall,Jen

Judy said...

Hi Lynn, your centerpiece is beautiful I love it. The recipe sounds wonderful. Everything I love. I received the book this week and will be posting about it soon. It's beautiful!!

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Here I am to enjoy your lovely blog on my weekly visit!
And this week we have again some wonderful posts. The only problem is that the Pear & Gruyere Torte runs the risk of ruining my diet; it looks so yummy... ;))
Look forward to reading you at Blogtrotter, now back in Chania!
Have a great Sunday!

Louise said...

Love your Halloween decorations! So cute. And will keep the recipe to try. I love cheese and pear recipes. And it's pretty, which never hurts anything!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

LOVE the great Halloween display. The black pot you made is wonderful. You'll have to come over and peek at my Halloween branch tree. I stuck mine into PVC pipe (painted black) to make a tall tree.
thanks for the great recipe too!!!
M.L.

Marie Antionette said...

I came by to say hello and view your tablescape.As always you outdid yourself.The pear torte looks sooooooo good.Hugs Marie Antionette

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

This is spooky cute...and the recipe looks delish! Hope you have a great week!
xoxo,
Queenie!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Fabyoulous tablescape...and the recipe? sigh...I am going to be a busy gal...checking the mileage to your house....

(())

Donna said...

What a great centerpiece, Lynn! And that torte looks and sounds fabulous!!!

Hugs,
Donna

Bristol said...

I love the fall decorations and the tart looks yummy~
Bristol

Beverly said...

Hi Lynn, I apologize that it has taken me a few days to make it over here. I love the spooky look!

And, that tart! Wow!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I love the candlesticks and the halloween flower pot. Perfect for the season!

Kari

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

I like your Halloween decor. It's fun and spooky all in one. :) I have been wanting to do something similar with the pot & branches.. but using it as a fall display for my booth to hang jewelry on. Still haven't gotten to that. :) xoxo, Joanna

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